Olympic Gold Medalist and renowned horsewoman Melanie Smith Taylor visited GFS last week and held clinics for students in the GFS Equestrian Institute on Friday and for a large group of GFS student and community riders and adults on Saturday.
Garrison Forest’s Athletic program offers many opportunities and skill levels to compete in a sport. Students develop a strong sense of integrity, self-esteem, cooperation, sportsmanship, responsibility, loyalty and a sense of contribution to a group effort through athletics—ideals invaluable for meeting any daily challenge.
GFS provides students with many opportunities to compete in a sport at a level appropriate to the student's skill and experience while keeping safety in mind.Through participation on a team, we encourage the student to develop cooperation, sportsmanship, responsibility, loyalty and a sense of contribution to a group effort.
For Upper School student-athletes, every effort will be made to provide multiple levels of team opportunities (Varsity, Junior Varsity, Third Team); however, participation numbers and/or league sponsorship may preclude some teams from being sponsored .
For Middle School student-athletes, we encourage and allow for participation by all students at many levels of competition. We hope to teach many values to Middle School students while they are engaged in the rigors of sport participation in a healthy team environment.
Director of Athletics
Head Coach, Varsity Field Hockey
Traci Davis was named GFS Athletic Director in July 2005. She has been an outstanding member of this department since 1998. Traci was the Varsity Lacrosse Coach from 1999-2005 and she has coached the Varsity Field Hockey Team since 2000. The hockey team has been the IAAM A-Conference Division Champions in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. They have won the IAAM Tournament in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Prior to coming to Garrison Forest, Traci taught and coached at St. Paul's School for Girls and Roland Park Country School. Traci received a B.S. from Ursinus College and a M.S.W. from the University of Maryland. Her extensive athletic resume includes: being a member of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse team for 10 years; an All-American in both field hockey and lacrosse at Ursinus College; a member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame; and a member of the field hockey team at the U.S. Field Hockey Olympic Festival in both 1981 and 1982.
Jodi Ann Blackburn
Assistant Athletic Director
For the last five years, Jodi has served as the Athletic Director at Montrose School, an independent all girls school located in Massachusetts. She developed a robust and competitive athletic program with a concentrated effort on sportsmanship and leadership. She served on the Board of Directors at U.S. Lacrosse and chaired the Schoolgirls National Championship games representing Lower New England. Jodi has taught Physical Education to girls in grades 6-12 and coached several sports at the JV and Varsity levels. Jodi holds a B.S. in Physical Education from James Madison University and is pursuing a Masters degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Maine. Jodi is married to Ted Blackburn and they have a daughter, Annie, who will be a sophomore at Dartmouth College and a son, John, who will be a freshman at Oregon State University. She grew up in the Reisterstown/Glyndon area where her mother and grandmother were raised.
Head of Sports Medicine
Before coming to GFS in 1999, Barbara Doy, a certified Athletic Trainer, worked at Union Memorial Hospital, Old Dominion University, and Salisbury State. In addition to working one-on-one with student athletes, she mentors the GFS student trainers. She and husband David live on campus with their four children and are part of the School's residential faculty.
Physical Education Staff
Leigh McDonald Hall '81
Physical Education Teacher
Coach, Varsity Field Hockey
A 1981 graduate of Garrison Forest, Leigh McDonald Hall earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. A stellar athlete (and artist and vocalist) while at GFS, she also played field hockey and lacrosse in college during which her teams won three All-Ivy League Championships. She was elected to the All-Ivy League Lacrosse Team for four years and the All Ivy League Field Hockey Team her senior year. After a career in nursing, Leigh began coaching at GFS in 1996. She has coached girls from Lower School to Upper School in both field hockey and lacrosse. Leigh has also been involved with inner city girls’ lacrosse in Baltimore City since 2001 and ran the Pacas’ Lacrosse Program for elementary and middle school girls for seven years--the only inner-city girls’ lacrosse program in Baltimore. Leigh was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U. S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005, the same year she received the U. S. Lacrosse Regions Council Commitment Award. In 2003, she received the Nancy Grasmick Excellence for Minority Achievement Chair Award in 2003. At GFS, Leigh was Assistant Varsity Field Hockey coach from 2006-2009 and since 2010 has been Co-Varsity Head Field Hockey Coach.
Coach, Varsity Tennis and Varsity Badminton
Chair, Physical Education Department
Kim Marlor has taught and coached at GFS since 1986 and has served as president of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM), the GFS league. Under her leadership, our Tennis teams have won four Varsity and five Junior Varsity League Championships, 10 individual and eight team championships, and have had 24 players named All-Stars by the IAAM and by The Baltimore Sun. In Badminton, Kim's teams have won five team and five individual championships and have had 19 players named All-Stars. She has been a faculty member in our residential program since 1988. Kim was named Garrison Forest's Distinguished Teacher in 2004.
Physical Education Teacher
Coach, Middle School Soccer
Laura Cline joined Garrison Forest in 2011 and teaches Physical Education for the Lower Division. Ms. Cline works with students from Threes through First Grade. She also coaches Middle School soccer for GFS. Ms. Cline received a M.S. from McDaniel College in Education with a specialization in P-12 Physical Education. Before joining the GFS faculty, she was a personal trainer at Brick Bodies Health Club for five years and a member and captain of McDaniel's women's soccer team.
- Varsity Badminton IAAM-A Conference Regular Season Division Co-Champions
- Varsity Cross Country: IAAM-C Champions, two consecutive years
- Varsity Eventing Team: Champion, Mid-Atlantic Interschool Event; Champion, Elkridge-Harford Interschool Event
- Varsity Equitation Team: Zone 3 IEA Champions
- Varsity Field Hockey: IAAM A-Conference Regular Season Division Champions,
four years; four-time IAAM A-Conference Tournament Champions
- Varsity Golf IAAM Regular Season Champions and 2nd straight tournament runner-up
- Varsity Polo: U.S. Polo Association National Girls' Interscholastic Polo Champions 13 times since 1992
- Varsity Winter Soccer: IAAM B-Conference Regular Season Division Champions; IAAM B-Conference Tournament Champions, three consecutive years
- Varsity Tennis Singles Tournament Champion
Several outside programs and leagues use the Garrison Forest campus to provide opportunities for the GFS and Baltimore communities to engage in athletic, artistic, and civic endeavors. Our talented faculty also periodically offer classes and/or seminars of interest to the GFS and broader communities.
If you have questions about these programs or facility rentals, please contact the Director of External Programs and Campus Use at (410) 559-3433.
Garrison Forest Indoor Field Hockey League
Started in 2006, the Garrison Forest Indoor Field Hockey League is organized and supported by the Garrison Forest hockey teams. The League was formed to help support a growing interest in hockey after the fall season ends. Indoor hockey is a great way to improve one's stick work and game. It is a fast game on a court approximately the size of a basketball court. Each team plays with five field players and a goalie. All games are refereed by qualified officials. Games run on the hour and are played in two 25-minute halves. We will also be hosting three indoor tournaments. The Garrison Forest League is meant to promote teamwork and camaraderie in a fun atmosphere while enhancing everyone's hockey skills.
ATHLETICS HOTLINE: 410-559-3198
- Garrison Forest School is a member of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM), the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), and the U.S. Polo Association.
- GFS fields 48 teams in 16 interscholastic sports, as well as a Dance Program and an extensive, nationally recognized Riding Program.
- The GFS team mascot is the Garrison Grizzly