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Notre Dame Academy Receives $85K Grant for Athletic Center Renovations and Strength and Conditioning Center

Worcester, MA- Notre Dame Academy recently received an $85,000 grant from the de Coizart trust. The Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust was established in 1992 upon the death of Mrs. de Coizart.

The money from this grant will be used to fund Phase Two of the recent Athletic Center renovations. Last summer, with initial funds raised, Phase One was completed. Phase One included a face lift including a complete paint job of the gymnasium, and the installation of new bleachers. The brand-new, ADA compliant telescoping bleachers, feature 6 tiers, 2 aisles, a media stand, and a 296 seat capacity. The grant, which was specifically requested for Phase Two renovations, will fund the schools brand new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room. The strength and conditioning center will provide students sports-specific conditioning programs that increase performance and reduce the chance of injury. The room will be open to students and faculty before, during, and after school hours and eventually throughout the summer break to promote and encourage wellness.

 “Health, wellness, and athletics are an important part of NDA’s commitment to educating the whole person,” said Elizabeth Murphy, Director of Development. “Through physical education and athletics, strong leadership skills are built, and the students’ self-esteem is nurtured and developed – a core component in educating adolescent girls.”

“This grant gives NDA a tremendous opportunity to take a giant step forward in our approach to helping young women reach their full personal potential,” said Patricia Provost Athletic Director. “The reality of a strength and conditioning routine can define a lifetime of benefits.”

"Providing a strength and conditioning facility reflects yet another dimension of the school's commitment to its students to 'teach them what they need to know for life,' said board member and graduate Maria Argento Perkins. “The new center complements and expands the outstanding program that Athletic Director Patricia Provost has developed to support students of diverse interests and abilities."

Notre Dame Academy is still raising funds through their Play Like A Girl campaign to renovate and refinish the gymnasium floor. To learn more about Play Like A Girl visit


Renderings provided by: Ai3 Architects, James Jordan

Notre Dame Academy Announces New Varsity Softball Coach

Worcester, MA- Monday, February 11, 2019 – Notre Dame Academy has recently hired Jim Peters of Worcester to be the new Softball coach. Jim comes to Notre Dame after a 16-year career as the Varsity Girls Softball coach at West Boylston High School. During his tenure as coach, West Boylston made it to State Semi Finals six times, and were District champs in 2003, 2004, and 2008. He had over 200 wins at West Boylston and made the district playoffs 12 times.He has also coached at Saint Mary’s in Worcester and Wachusett High School.  

 “We are thrilled to welcome Jim into the NDA community and look forward to an exciting and successful Softball season!” said Athletic Director Patricia Provost. “He has 30 years of experience from umpiring, little league softball, and head coaching varsity softball. With his knowledge of the rules and coaching in a high school setting for over 20 years, Jim can help our program teach the girls the way the game should be played, fundamentally.”

The Notre Dame Rebels kick off the Softball season on April 1st with a home game against South High.

Telegram & Gazette: Tom Flanagan’s basketball notes: Notre Dame girls preparing for another late-season run

January 26, 2019– By Tom Flanagan

Notre Dame Academy girls’ basketball coach Peter Bogren was so under the weather Thursday night — on his birthday, no less — that he was unable to coach the eighth-ranked Rebels when they squared off against St. Bernard’s in Fitchburg. Bogren’s team came through with a phone call that made the coach’s day, letting Bogren know they won and singing, “Happy Birthday.”

At 7-3, Bogren said he is hopeful his talented and selfless team can begin to play its best basketball of the season soon, and carry it through to the Central Mass. Tournament, and nail down its identity.

“We’re still not really sure who we are at this point, but it’s coming because the girls are working incredibly hard,” said Bogren, who was pinch-hit for in the St. Bernard’s game by assistants Joe Kusz and Rachel Kusz. “We’ve had a couple great wins, and then we’ve had a couple of head-scratchers.”

If the recent past is an indicator, the Rebels are just about ready to flip the switch into postseason mode.

Two years ago, NDA finished the regular season on a 9-1 tear, and last year the Rebels won eight of their final 10 games. “I’m hoping for something along those lines this year, which would put us in good shape,” Bogren said of a potential late-season surge.

Notre Dame has benefited from the experience and solid play of a pair of seniors, Ellie Potvin and Kate Smiley, each of whom was part of an NDA team that three years ago won Central Mass.

Potvin owns the distinction of starting every game for NDA since her freshman year, the only player in Bogren’s tenure to accomplish that feat. Potvin is a skilled and versatile player, as evidenced by her evolution as primarily a post player as a freshman to playing a guard this season. ″(Potvin) is an intelligent player and her basketball IQ is phenomenal,” Bogren said. Bogren calls Smiley perhaps the best rebounder he’s ever coached.

Junior point guard Ally Walker runs the show, while sisters Kara and Abigail Corriveau are among the team’s top offensive threats and round out the starting lineup. “It’s funny to look at our stats and realize we don’t really have a kid who does a lot scoring,” Bogren said. “But, we’re very balanced. We’ve had six different players score in double-figures in a game this year, and, on any given night, it could be anyone of our players leading us in scoring.”

Bogren credited the impact of senior forward Mary Andreoli, who comes off the bench to add critical defense and rebounding, while sophomore Hannah Marzo is able to make a difference on both ends with her quickness.

The Rebels’ depth has been a key in many of their wins this season, Bogren said, lauding the contributions of  MacKenzie Terry, Hannah Leahy and Brigid Wickstrom. “This is a fun group to watch and to coach,” Bogren said. “They’re improving, and hopefully, we’ll be our best at the end of the year and make some noise in the (Central Mass) tournament.”


Notre Dame Academy to Award Full Tuition Scholarships to Entrance Exam Top Scorers

Worcester, MA- Monday October 29, 2018- Notre Dame Academy has announced that this year they will be awarding four (4) full scholarships to the top scorers on their Entrance Exam.

The scholarships will be awarded to two incoming seventh graders and two incoming ninth graders. The young women will be awarded a full scholarship for every year that she attends Notre Dame.

“We are excited to celebrate the academic talents of these students as they join the NDA community,” said Kathryn Woodson Barr, Notre Dame Academy Head of School. “Notre Dame Academy has a challenging curriculum with Advanced Placement courses and hundreds of Virtual High School classes. By awarding these merit scholarships we are showing our commitment to the academic talents of our incoming students.”

The Entrance Exam will take place at Notre Dame Academy on Saturday, November 3rd. There is an 8:00am arrival. In order to qualify for these merit scholarships, prospective students must take the entrance exam on this date. For questions please contact

Prospective students can register for the entrance exam at

Notre Dame Academy Announces Addition of 7th and 8th Grade Basketball Team For 2018/2019


Worcester, MA- Monday, October 15- Notre Dame Academy is excited to announce the addition of a seventh and eighth grade basketball team. The team will compete in the same league as Venerini Academy and will be coached by Mike Dugan. Mike has been a lifelong basketball player with an avid interest in all things basketball. He loves watching any type of basketball game, no matter if its NBA, High School, or Grade School.

Growing up Mike got his start in coaching basketball at the local YMCA. For 3 years Mike coached the  boys 12-13 league. He played varsity basketball in high school, and during his senior year his team went undefeated and were ranked #1 in Division 2. Throughout college he played intramural basketball, which was highly competitive and kept his hand on the ball.

 For the past 4 years he has been involved with coaching girls basketball – school leagues and summer/winter rec leagues. Last year, as head coach for the Venerini Academy 5/6th grade girls team, his team went undefeated and captured the St. Bernadette’s basketball league championship. Mike is excited to bring his passion and skill set to the newly formed St. Julie Division basketball team and is looking forward to the opportunity to coach again.

The St. Julie Division games will be on Sunday afternoons.

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