Coaching Staff

Seamus Brophy
Director of Athletics

This is Seamus Brophy's tenth year of teaching and his sixth at St. Patrick's. He competed at the highest level himself at John Hay High School, where he was, All League, All Section, captain and MVP of the football team in 1994 and captain, MVP, All League, All Section, and All-American in lacrosse in 1995. He received his bachelors degree from SUNY Purchase and his master of arts from Manhattanville College and spent five years teaching at Rye Country Day School before coming to St. Patrick's.

Damien Williams
Assistant Director of Athletics 

Damien Williams is entering his second year as a member of the St. Patrick's physical education and athletic departments. A native of Pittsburgh,Pa., he received a bachelor of arts degree in management information systems from Thiel College. While at Thiel, Damien was a four-year player and captain for the men's basketball team. He also earned a master of science degree in instructional leadership with a concentration in sports management from Robert Morris University. Damien spent the past five years at Sewickley Academy as a teacher, coach, and senior school advisor. In his five years working at the high school level, he coached varsity basketball, track and field, and cross country, with each team earning group or individual success.

 

Vicky Brunt
Director of Soccer Program/ Junior Varsity "A" Girls Soccer Coach

 

Vicky Brunt has taught physical education at St. Patrick's for 15 years. She has also supported middle school athletics, spending 5 years as Director of Athletics and continuing as Director of Soccer and coaching. Concurrently she also enjoyed 7 seasons at the helm of Sidwell Friends Girls Varsity Soccer program.  Vicky moved on from Sidwell Friends  in 2007 to Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia taking over as Head Coach of Girls Varsity Soccer.  In her 8 years with Yorktown, Vicky has led the team to 6 District Titles and gone on to contend in the Regional and State Championship tournaments. In addition to her teams success, Vicky has been named District Coach of the Year multiple seasons and in 2013 was named All-Met Coach of the Year by The Washington Post. This is her second naming to All-Met. Her first appearance came as a local high school standout on the1992 All-Met First Team. A serious player in her own right, Vicky was a scholarship athlete for The George Washington University women's soccer team from 1993 to 1998. She played her semi-professional career with Cleveland Internationals, Northern Virginia Majestics and the national Championship Maryland Pride earning herself an invitation in to the very first women's professional soccer combine in 2003. Vicky has also spent time as a coach for numerous area club teams, spending 8 years with DC Stoddert, and is now the U14 Girls Age Group Assistant at Arlington Soccer Association.

Tony Howard
Director of Boys Soccer /Junior Varsity Boys "A" Soccer

Tony returns for his second season at St. Patrick's. Currently the Executive Director/Founder of the Washington DC Fury Soccer Club and the former Director of Girls Soccer/Head Girls Varsity Coach at the Bullis School in Potomac Maryland ( the 2011 ISL "A" Division tournament champions). Tony has been part of winning five national championships as a player/coach at the US national team U-23 Level and USYSA levels. He works with several of the top youth soccer club programs throughout the Washington DC Metro area developing, training, and preparing players for top club/travel-level play. Tony also works with the DC United MLS professional soccer organization as a top soccer trainer within their United for DC after-school soccer program.

Figadelfo Mendieta-Jara
Varsity Girls Soccer

Figadelfo Mendieta-Jara (Coach Delfo) brings years of coaching and playing experience. He returns to St. Patrick's for his second season.  Coach Delfo led the Girls junior varsity "A" team to a 9-0 record last season and a CAC title in 2013.  He has coached various local community and private school teams, including youth D.C. United where he is their longest serving coach. As a player in his native Peru he played both on the collegiate and professional levels. During college, Coach Delfo played forward at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima Peru. As a forward for the professional team of Atletico Chalaco he earned the award of Individual Top Scorer from the Peru Federation.

 

Stephanie Marcozzi

Varsity Girls Soccer

Stephanie Marcozzi is a current senior at the George Washington University pursuing a degree in Business Administration. At George Washington, she was a three-year member of the womens soccer team. Originally from Haddonfield, New Jersey, Coach Marcozzi was a two-time captain and four-year member of her high school varsity soccer team, which won two state championships in her time. She received All-Group, All-Conference, and All-State honors and her team’s Coaches’ Award. During high school, Stephanie also played competitive club soccer while attending showcases and competing for regional championships. Stephanie lettered in varsity basketball and lacrosse in high school, and she has worked as a coach at several youth soccer and basketball camps.

 

 

  

Laura Cornwell
Varsity Girls Soccer

 

Laura Cornwell, a local product, comes to St. Patrick's with 10 years of D.C. Stoddert Pride experience under her belt, competing against the best talent in the metropolitan area. Laura also played four years of varsity soccer at St. Stephen & St. Agnes, where she was named a captain for her junior and senior seasons. Following high school, Laura continued to be a leader at the College of William & Mary, co-captaining her club soccer team for four years. Coaching was a natural next step for Laura, and she has applied her talents in working for a variety of local camps with players of every age. Currently, Laura works as an engineering services specialist for the American Public Power Association. In her free time, she plays recreational soccer in Arlington.

 

Diego Federico

Boys Varsity Soccer

Coach Diego Federico is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and has played professional soccer in the second division of his country. As a soccer coach, he has more than 12 years of experience. Coach Federico graduated as a Professional Soccer Coach in Peru and holds a FPF - FIFA/CONMEBOL "B" coaching license. He has coached various age groups in Lima, Peru at the Alianza Lima Academy, and in the United States, he was an assistant coach for the Real Maryland Monarchs in its first United Soccer League season. Currently Coach Federico is coaching at Knights FC U14 - National Capital Soccer League Division 4 and Knights FC U19 - National Capital Soccer League Division 2.  

 

Ian Winstanley 

Junior Varsity Girls "B" Soccer

 

Ian Winstanley has been associated with St. Patrick’s for over eight years in various administrative and educational capacities and was the coach of the Junior Varsity Boys soccer team for the 2008-2011 seasons.  He is an eleven-year veteran of the Board of Great Falls Soccer Club (VA), where he has coached both boys and girls recreational and travel teams from ages 7 through 16. Ian has been a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) certified referee since 2004 and officiates games in the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL), Old Dominion Soccer League ( ODSL), and Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) league programs, regional travel tournaments, at the college level and in local adult leagues in Northern Virginia. In 2007, he joined the list of game officials certified by The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and regularly takes charge of High School games in our area within the Independent Soccer League (ISL). A native of the British Isles, Ian played soccer during his school years and at the collegiate-level for The University of St. Andrews, as well as in various adult leagues across Scotland. His initial coaching experience was gained at a private preparatory school in Oxfordshire, England.

 

Joffre Acre

Junior Varsity "B" Soccer

 

Coach Joffre Acre is a native of Quito, Ecuador. Coach Acre has played soccer his entire life and at the highest level, playing professional soccer for two years in Ecuador. Coach Acre has coached from U8 to U15 teams in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland. He holds a United States Soccer Federation license to coach. Coach Acre is a creative and supportive coach and always work to motivate his students and ensure their well being on and off the pitch.

 

Brooks Swett
Cross Country

Brooks Swett is in her first year coaching and teaching at St. Patrick's. An avid distance runner, Brooks ran varsity cross-country and track at National Cathedral School for four years. A two-time recipient of the Coach's Award for cross-country, she was also captain of the team as a senior. She continued to train and compete in road races while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Yale. She also enjoyed exploring the trails and cow pastures of Oxford, England while completing her Master of Studies in History there. She comes to St. Patrick's from two years at the American School in London, where she taught in the Lower School and was the assistant coach for Middle School Cross-Country in the fall of 2011. Brooks has also led biking and camping trips in Canada for middle- and high-school students. 
 

 

Leda Kennedy
Junior Varsity Girls Lacrosse

A recent graduate of Hollis Brookline High School in souther New Hampshire, and a current student at American University, Leda Kennedy is a four year Varsity Lacrosse player and the recipient of First and Second Team All-State in 2011 and 2012. She also received the Dedicated Athlete Award given by the Marine Corps in 2012 for her participation in athletics and her community. She was a lacrosse coach for the program entitled "Sticks and Stones" and a certified umpire for Girls Youth Lacrosse for four years in the State of New Hampshire.

 
 Ivy Abiona

Ivy Abiona was a five year basketball player on the George Washington University women’s basketball team.During her time as a Colonial, she was on the team that made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.Ivy’s other basketball experiences include working basketball camps at various levels, most recently the University of Virginia Joanne Boyle Basketball Camp.Ivy completed her undergraduate studies in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and hearing and a minor in psychology.This past August, she graduated with a Master of Public Health with a concentration in health policy.A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ivy attended Cherry Hill High School East.Ivy is a member of the Cherry Hill High School East Women’s hall of fame.

 

Jade Perry

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball

 

Jade Perry was a four year basketball player on the University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team and was a key member of the 2006 national championship team at Maryland.She was a second team All-ACC Tournament player in 2006, and she was one of three juniors to make her 100th-career game appearance in the final regular-season game at Boston College.In high school Jade wasa three-time Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American and athree-time Third Region Player of the Year.She led Muhlenberg North High School to its fifth-straight region title in 2004. Jade was a four-time Louisville Courier-Journal first team all-state honoree and tabbed the publication's No. 1 player in the state in a 2003 preseason poll.A 2004 Miss Basketball state finalist and a member of the state all-star team, Jade also led her team to three-consecutive 10th District titles.She finished her prep career with 2,792 points, 1,647 rebounds, and 512 blocks, all school records.