St George's School Athletics - Football

Football Coach Information

  • Program Director- Head Coach
    John Mackay is an Associate Dean, a history teacher, the head varsity football coach, and assists the Dean of Faculty and Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Hired in 1997, Mackay was director of athletics from 1997-2016 and was interim Humanities Department chair in 2020-21. 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 20 years, and has taught Western Civilizations and U.S. History, along with several history electives. 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 officer of the NEPSAC Football Coaches’ Association. On campus, Mackay also acts as a Dean on Duty on evenings and weekends.
  • QB- Secondary Coach
    Joe 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 Coach
    Anthony 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 lives in Eccles Dormitory with his fiancé, Meghan, and coaches both baseball and football.
  • Mike Hansel, sculptor and art educator, is the J. Vaughan Merrick III Chair in Architecture, Art History and Painting. He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Hansel shares his enthusiasm for the visual arts through courses in drawing, 3D design, welding, woodworking, and ceramics. His interest in collaborative teaching has also led to the creation of courses in engineering and design science. In addition, Hansel serves as the offensive coordinator of the varsity football team and supervises the St. George’s Beekeeping Club. Hansel’s sculptures reside in many private collections and have been included in a number of international exhibitions. Hansel’s work has become known for his ability to create highly crafted, organic pieces that contradict what one might expect from industrial materials like steel, aluminum, and bronze.
  • Assistant Coach
    Justin Sellar joined the faculty in 2018 and is an Associate Athletics Director. After graduating from Wheaton College in 2017, Sellar completed his master's degree in sports management with a concentration in athletic administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020. In addition to his work in the Athletics Department, Sellar coaches both football and baseball.
  • Coach Ward enters his second year as Assistant Coach to the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team for St. George’s in the NEPSAC. A graduate of Tabor Academy 13’ & University of Maine 17’, Ward was a two year varsity captain for Tabor Academy where he eclipsed over 1500 points & a three year student-athlete as a member of Men’s Basketball team at the University of Maine, who competes in the Division 1 America East. He also coaches for the the historic Boston Amateur Basketball Club, a pioneer member of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.