Amy Meislin Pollack, Class of 1970 and a children’s-book author, returned to the place where she was first inspired to write — the Kent Place Primary School. Amy visited the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to read from one of her books and lead writing workshops to foster creativity and explore the art of storytelling.
Meet Our Coaches
Our coaches are committed to supporting the whole person. As a result, our scholar-athletes are able to thrive, and always raise the bar for themselves and their teammates.
A huge part of our success was the culture Coach Rey set. We walked into every practice with purpose, always aiming to give 110 percent so we could give 150 percent in games. Iman Handy '22
- Rich Biddulph, Basketball
- Marlene Curtis, Swimming
- Lauren Phillips, Fencing
- Mike Wujek, Ice Hockey
- David Phimsipasom and Geoff Mitchell, Squash
- Dominique Watkins, Winter Track
Rich Biddulph has experience coaching both men's and women's basketball at both the high school and college level. He served as an assistant on the boys side at national power St. Patrick High School before moving over to start the girl's program and serve as head coach. He then moved onto women's college basketball, coaching as an assistant at two nationally ranked NJCAA programs. After that, he coached NCAA DI women's basketball for two years before returning to Union College for the past 3 years. Over the years, he coached four players that eventually played in the NBA, including two who currently are in the league. He coached a #1 overall and #2 overall pick in the NBA draft, an eventual NCAA DI MBB champion and an eventual NBA champion. Combining the men's and women's side and the high school and NJCAA level, he coached over twenty players that went on to play NCAA DI basketball, many of whom would also play professionally overseas. Two of the teams that coached as an assistant finished the season ranked #2 in the nation. His coaching philosophy revolves around providing a positive overall experience with a focus on all-around player development to help advance the academic and athletic careers of his players.
Marlene Curtis has been coaching at Kent Place since 2021. Marlene has been involved in coaching or teaching swimming for 25+ years. She continues to coach at Berkeley Aquatic Club during the year. In addition to coaching Marlene has taught at Kean University for 36 years in the Health and Human Performance Department. During the summer months she keeps busy as the Pool Director and Head Swim Team Coach at Echo Lake Country Club. Marlene also serves on the NJ Swimming Board of Directors as the Registration Chair and Safe Sport Chair. This past season was an exciting season as Kent Place made it to the second round of the state tournament.
Coach Wujek has been with the Kent Place Ice Hockey team since 2017. In his first season the team won the inaugural MUGHIL Championship against a tough Chatham team as well as the Summit cup. Coach Wujek has also been successful outside of KPS, as one of the few girls’ coaches in NJ since 2001, winning the GAL. Long time Montclair Blues coach as well winning NJYHL boys States, Silver Sticks tourney, and many more. As a USA Hockey Atlantic District Associate Coach in Chief, and member of USA Hockey’s coaching education program for the last ten years. Wujek has enjoyed educating coaches around the country in the values a coach can teach through this great sport. Over his career Coach Wujek has taught; Learn to Skate, Hockey Development, Mites, Squirts, Peewee, Bantam, Midgets, HS and Adult, girls and boys, House and Travel, etc. USA hockey certification- Lifetime Level 5 attained in 2005, 2013 awarded a trip to Minnesota USA Hockey Advanced Girls Clinic, USA Hockey Coaching Instructor, USA Hockey instructor for Philadelphia Blind Hockey Clinic, USA Hockey Sled hockey championship representative.
Coach Dave Phimsipasom has been with the KPS Tennis team since '09. Coach Dave’s accomplishments with the team currently are seven (2016-2022) Union County championships, NJSIAA Team State Championship in 2017 and 2nd place in 2020 NJSIAA Regional State Championship. Coach Dave also has been part of the coaching staff having three girls placing top 8 in the NJSIAA Individual state tournament and with a doubles team winning their first individual state championship. His passion for racquet sports continues to grow at Kent Place School as Coach Dave Phimsipasom is Co-Head Coach for the Squash team. He is still active in the tennis community within the area, holding the Assistant Racquets Professional job at Beacon Hill Club. He is a certified PTR(Professional Tennis Registry) and PPR(Professional Pickleball Registry) also venturing into new racquet sports such as Pickleball, Paddle, Squash, and now Padel. He is no stranger to racquet sports!
Coach Geoff Mitchell runs Mitchellsquash and is the head squash professional at the Chatham Club. Geoff was ranked first in the U.S. over 45 in 2010/2011. He finished second in the world over 30’s, has reached the US national semifinals in his age group several times and has been ranked as high as first in his age group in the U.S. As a former squash professional himself, with national and world rankings he has developed hundreds of juniors to play intercollegiate squash as well as lead successful juniors to US National titles and rankings. His students have competed on U.S. National teams for the world juniors as well as the Pan American Games. Geoff coached the USA Bu19’s at the 2015 British Open and is currently the head regional squash coach for the NJ, NY junior squads. For the past three years Geoff Mitchell has been the chairman of the board of StreetSquash Newark, a non-profit after-school youth enrichment program that provides intensive academic support, squash instruction, one-on-one mentoring, service learning, college access and preparation, and professional development for young people from adolescence through college graduation. Geoff was awarded the United States Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year Award in 2016.
Coach Watkins came to KPS during the Winter 2018 season and assumed the Head Coaching position for the Dragons’ Winter Track team. Following the Winter 2018-19 season Coach Watkins took the helm of the Spring Track & Field program in 2019 and has not looked back. Coach Watkins is a graduate of Abraham Clark in Union County with great experience in Union County sports. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018, where she was a Division I scholar athlete. Since arriving at Kent Place, our team has consistently set new school records, won conference and county championships including mentoring Meet of Champions winners in the 55m and 400m.
- Danielle Stanton, Cross Country
- Kerrie Burns, Field Hockey
- Phil Wolstenholme, Soccer
- David Phimsipasom, Tennis
- Reynaldo Ferreira, Volleyball
Danielle Stanton assumed the reins of the Kent Place Cross Country program in the Spring of 2020 as our Spring Track & Field Distance Coach. Danielle is eager to share her enthusiasm and experience as a Division I runner for Rutgers University with her student athletes. Danielle currently teaches Physical Education at Plainfield High School. She was the Head XC Coach in West Caldwell from 2017–2019, and the Head XC Coach at Montville from 2011–2017. Danielle believes in the importance of working as a team to determine what is best for each runner. Since her arrival to KPS the team has won the NJ Prep State Championships, broken school records, and posted numerous PRs, as well as advancing to the Meet of Champions as a team in 2021.
Kerrie Burns is new to the Kent Place field hockey coaching staff. She will be taking over the varsity program after spending five years at Rutgers University where she competed at the division one level. Kerrie is an international coach from Ireland, having both experience playing and coaching both locally and internationally.
Kerrie has played for Ireland at a U18 National level. In the Fall of 2021, Kerrie was a part of the Rutgers University Women’s Field Hockey Team that won the Big10 Championship, during which time Kerrie was selected as the MVP of the Big10 Championship Tournament. Kerrie looks forward to building upon the strong foundation of KPFH and guiding student athletes who wish to play at the collegiate level.
Phil Wolstenholme, who played semi-pro soccer in England, coached the KPS Varsity Soccer team from 1993 to 2012. He joined the faculty full time in 2002, and teaches Middle School physical education. He now coaches Middle School soccer and softball, and is also a sixth-grade advisor. Beginning in fall 2022, Coach Wolstenholme will lead the Upper and Middle School soccer programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Kean University.
Coach Dave Phimsipasom has been with the KPS Tennis team since '09. Coach Dave’s accomplishments with the team currently are seven (2016-2022) Union County championships, NJSIAA Team State Championship in 2017 and 2nd place in 2020 NJSIAA Regional State Championship. Coach Dave also has been part of the coaching staff having three girls placing top 8 in the NJSIAA Individual state tournament and with a doubles team winning their first individual state championship. His passion for racquet sports continues to grow at Kent Place School as Coach Dave Phimsipasom is also Co-Head Coach for the Squash team. He is still active in the tennis community within the area, holding the Assistant Racquets Professional job at Beacon Hill Club. He is a certified PTR(Professional Tennis Registry) and PPR(Professional Pickleball Registry) also venturing into new racquet sports such as Pickleball, Paddle, Squash, and now Padel. He is no stranger to racquet sports!
Coach Rey Ferreira has been coaching for Kent Place for the last four and a half years and counting. Rey brings a ton of volleyball coaching experience to Kent Place School and has been involved with the sport as a player and coach for 15+ years. His passion for the game, understanding of the skills, ability to improve athletes and dedication to constantly improve as a coach has helped the popularity and level of play for both the Upper and Middle school Volleyball programs. He is also the director and head coach of the Conquest Volleyball club that has competed on the regional level (improving each year in numbers and skill), and has worked at numerous local volleyball clinics. Previously, Rey has served as the assistant coach for the girls volleyball team at Hudson Catholic Regional High School (assisting them in becoming 4x HCIAL Champions and three state tournament final appearances). He has also served as the Head coach for Hudson Catholic Regional High School boys volleyball team in their first two years of the program's birth.
Since becoming Head Volleyball coach for Kent Place, Coach Rey’s accomplishments with the program have included a UCIAC Championship, 2x NJISAA Prep A Champions, and two NJSIAA semi-finals Tournament Appearances.