Meet the Athletic Department
Jeanne Cooper, C.A.A.
203-877-2786 (ext. 161)
Ms. Cooper is the Director of Athletics at Lauralton Hall, SCC Girl's Field Hockey Chairperson, Executive Committee Secretary Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors, Lauralton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, and served as the CIAC Volleyball Tournament Director from 2012-2015.
Ms. Cooper graduated from North Babylon H.S., NY 1974 earning Varsity letters in field hockey, volleyball (captain), basketball, and softball ( MVP junior year). She received A Gold Key Award and Outstanding Physical Education Award. Ms. Cooper went to Southern Connecticut State College and was on the Volleyball and Softball teams and graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Physical Education. All of her graduate education was at SCSU, earning her Masters in Physical Education in 1986, her Health Education Certification in 1992 and Sixth Year in Administration in 1999. She started teaching Physical Education in New Haven at Prince Elementary, Welch Annex, and Katherine Brennan Elementary in 1978. She also became the Head Volleyball coach from 1978 - 1994 in which they made several trips to the state tournament and also earned a runner up trophy. In 1983, she moved up to Hillhouse High School and taught Health and Physical Education. Also while coaching volleyball she was invited to be the Head Coach of the Connecticut East All-Star Team and be a member of the CIAC Volleyball Committee. From 1979- 1993 she was also the Assistant Softball Coach at Hillhouse High School.
From 1994-2002 Ms. Cooper became the Director of Athletics and Administrative Aid for Hillhouse High School. During this time, she served as the Southern Connecticut Conference Secretary, an Executive member until 2013, the Indoor Track SCC Chairperson, Coordinator of the NFL "Play it Smart" athletic tutorial program, and the Academic Sports Magnet Program.
From 2002-2013, she became the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics- for Hamden Public Schools. During this time, she had 68 high school and middle school coaches, 29 sports, and 47 teams. We had several successful seasons with back to back state championships in boys ice hockey. We won state championships in golf and badminton and several Quinnipiac division championships in track and field. Ms. Cooper was the co-chair of the SCC while running the meeting and taking minutes as the secretary. She also was the SCC Girl's Lacrosse Chairperson, served as the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors representative for the SCC, was the Chair of the Hamden High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Hamden Women's Sports Federation. We added boys and girls lacrosse from a club to official varsity sports.
Recipient of the PATHFINDER AWARD - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS 2002 NATIONAL AWARD - Received in San Diego, California.
Recipient of the ROBERT DUNCANSON MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD by the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors in 2012.
Recipient of the Women in Leadership Award from the Women and Families Organization.
Recipient of the National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators 20 years of outstanding service award.
Athletics Administrative Assistant
203-877-2786 (ext. 119)
Ms. Szymanski is Athletics Administrative Assistant, Assistant Coach Volleyball, Assistant Coach Indoor Track and Assistant Coach Outdoor Track.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Nat attended an all-girls Catholic high school in Manhattan (Dominican Academy), and went on to graduate from Fordham University in 2012 with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies and minor in English. While at Fordham, she was also a member of the women’s club rugby team and named captain during both her junior and senior years. In her junior year, she was selected to participate on the Met-NY select side in 2011. Nat would go on to play for a women’s team in New York, where she accepted the role of Secretary in her second year with the team, and Vice President in her third, and also became an Executive Board Member for the club. After taking her first year off from playing, she has returned to play, this time for a women's team in Connecticut.
After graduating from college, Nat worked for an events company where she was responsible for >>>, and traveled to all the shows and was able to see them come to life. Afterwards, she went on to briefly work at a start-up on Wall Street before accepting a position at Marymount School in NYC. While at Marymount, Nat was the Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Divisional Head. She assisted and worked as the main liaison between students, parents, faculty, and staff. Wanting athletics to be a larger part of her life though, she eagerly accepted the position at Lauralton Hall. Nat is looking forward to working alongside Jeanne to raise the level of Lauralton's athletic program to be the best it can be.