Program Director- Head Coach
John Mackay is an Associate Dean, a history teacher, and the head varsity football coach and JV boys’ lacrosse coach. Hired in 1997, Mackay was director of athletics from 1997-2016. Prior to St. George’s, he was on the faculty at Peddie School, Avon Old Farms, Albuquerque Academy, and Winchendon School. He’s taught advanced European history for the past 18 years as well as the western civilization course. His teaching and coaching philosophy includes motivation, organization, and enthusiasm. He greatly enjoys working with young people and is particularly proud of the number of former students who’ve entered the education field. Mackay was named Boston Herald Independent School League Football Coach of the Year in 2015 when the SG squad completed a historic 9-0 league and New England championship season. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and is an active member of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC)’s executive board, as well as an officer of the NEPSAC Football Coaches’ Association.
QB- Secondary CoachJoe Lang is the Director of the Horton Center for Learning and holds the Beth Horton Teaching Chair in Instructional Services. His responsibilities include heading the instructional services department, which allows students, parents, and advisors the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meeting times to help individual students achieve self-sufficiency through Executive Function skill-building, specific study skill-building, anticipation, communication, and self-assessment. In the Horton Center for Learning, Lang, along with colleague Sarah Mason, is tasked with creating and implementing student support programs meant to reach the entire student community. Lang holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Connecticut, coaches both varsity football and varsity boys' tennis at St. George’s.
Assistant CoachAnthony Franco joined St. George’s School in 2017 and brings with him counseling experience from both independent and public school systems. No stranger to Rhode Island, Franco graduated from Providence College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and then spent eight years working in California schools. Franco was a junior/senior dormitory head and head baseball coach at the Thacher School in Ojai; then an events coordinator and assistant football coach at Francis Parker School in San Diego. Most recently, Franco was a college counselor for the California Student Opportunity and Access Program, a state-funded, non-profit that works specifically with first-generation, college-bound students at local public high schools. He holds a master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of San Diego. He coaches both baseball and football.
Assistant CoachJustin Sellar joined the faculty in 2018 and is an Associate Athletics Director. After graduating from Wheaton College in 2017, Sellar is pursuing his master's degree in sports management with a concentration in athletic administration from Southern New Hampshire University. In addition to his work in the Athletics Department, Sellar coaches both football and hockey.