Rocco DeMaio began working at Hopkins in 1992 as a coach and assistant athletic director. He was named the Head Athletic Director in 2015. DeMaio graduated from Hopkins in 1986, and was a three sport athlete during his years as a student. He was awarded the Billy DeGenarro Outstanding Male Athlete Award in 1986.
Rocco attended Trinity College, where he played both football and baseball. Additionally, he was the captain of the Bantam’s baseball team his senior year. While at Trinity, DeMaio was named the football team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player (1991), was awarded the George Sheldon McCook Trophy for the Top Senior Male Athlete, and was named All-ECAC and All-NESCAC for both baseball and football (1990 & 1991). He still appears among Trinity’s all-time save leaders and receptions per season and career as a tight-end. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, he worked as the Tight End Coach for Trinity Football for one season before returning to the Hill.
In his tenure at Hopkins, Rocco has coached Varsity Baseball, Varsity Boys Basketball, Varsity Golf, Varsity Football, and various intramural courses.
Born in New Haven, Rocco still resides in the city with his wife Karla (Hopkins 1998) and son Rocco III.
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Director of Medical Services, Head Athletic Trainer for Sports Medicine
Don Bagnall has been employed by Hopkins since 1982. He graduated from Bridgewater State University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education with an Athletic Training concentration. Other work experience includes college level and USOC Sports Medicine Division Volunteer since 1985 with coverage at all three Olympic Training Centers (Lake Placid, Colorado Springs and San Diego). He also has game experience in World University Games, 2 Pan-American Games and the Para-Olympic Games. Don has done summer work at orthopaedic sports medicine and physical therapy clinics.
Don has also done NATA committee work, serving previously on the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics, NATA Honors and Awards subcommittee, NATA Governance Task Force, NATA Secondary School Committee and the NATA Sponsorship & Product Review Committees. Currently, he is the NATA Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics/Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness and NATA Convention abstract proposal, Project Team Reviewer. Donald has served on the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association (CATA) Board of Directors. He was past chair of the New England Prep School Athletic Council Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Don is currently a Clinical Preceptor for both Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University. He is also an American Heart Association CPR instructor and is certified in Graston Technique.
Kenny Ackerman has worked at Hopkins since 1997. A New Haven native, he graduated from Hillhouse in 1959. He then served as a member of the US Navy from 1961-1963. After that, Kenny worked for the NY/NH/Hartford Railroad. Ken also worked as a Technician in Research & Development for Armstrong Tire for 33 years.
Additionally, Ken is a Hopkins Parent to Kenneth Joseph (1986) and Grandparent to Tyler Michaels (2011).
Christina Balsamo has been employed by Hopkins since 2009. Christina graduated from Endicott College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She then attended Southern New Hampshire University as a graduate assistant. Christina graduated with a Master’s degree in Sports Management in 2008. While there, she worked with Division II athletics. She also has experience in physical therapy clinics as well as public high schools. Christina is currently a Clinical Preceptor for Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University. She is also an American Heart Association CPR instructor and is certified in Graston Technique.
At Hopkins, Christina also coaches junior school swimming and junior school softball. Additionally, she teaches middle school weight training and fitness throughout the year.
Dante joined the athletics team in 2018 by way of Avon Old Farms where he was a teacher, coach, advisor and dorm parent. He is a native of New Haven and was a three-sport athlete at Hamden Hall. Dante attended Stonehill College where he played football and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Sociology. Dante was a member of the co-New England 10 Champions football team during his junior year. Despite a series of injuries (2 ACL surgeries), he still managed to acquire 40 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, a forced fumble, and a blocked field goal return for a 97-yard score.
Coach Brito will work with basketball and football at varsity, JV and Junior School levels including the Defensive Coordinator for the varsity football team. He will also be teaching weight training and fitness classes. Dante will assist in the athletic department in all aspects of the day to day operations.
In addition to his work in the Athletic Department, Dante will also assist with Pathfinder and Equity and Community.
Chuck Elrick has been working at Hopkins since 1983. He graduated from Dean Jr. College in 1974 with an Associates Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Elrick earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1977, and his Master’s degree in Physical Education from the same school in 1983.
Chuck Elrick is the Head Coach for Varsity Water Polo (Boys in the Fall, Girls in the Spring) and the Head Coach for Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving. Additionally, Chuck Elrick is the Head Coach for the Hopkins Mariners Swim Team.
Elrick is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, World Swimming Coaches Association, and the National Team Coach List. He has also traveled to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado to serve as a coach for the US National Team.
Pete Giatrelis has been at Hopkins since 2008. He manages the equipment room in the evenings and on weekends. Pete graduated from North Haven High School in 1974, and entered the workforce shortly after. Prior to coming to Hopkins, Peter worked as a driver for John Deere for 11 years.
Jillian has been employed at Hopkins since 2007. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and a minor in Biology. She interned at Hopkins School during her senior fall semester. Jillian graduated from American Public University with a Master's degree in Sports Management in 2015. Jillian is currently a Clinical Preceptor for both Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University. She is also an American Heart Association CPR instructor and is certified in levels 1 and 2 of Graston Technique.
At Hopkins, Jillian coaches junior school volleyball and helps run the athletic training room during the day. Additionally, she aids in maintaining the Hopkins Athletics website and social media.
Michael McManus has been working with Hopkins Athletics since 2014, and joined the Athletics Department as the Director of Racquets in 2019. His main role has been as Head Coach of Varsity Girls' Tennis. Michael was named the New Haven Register Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2018. Michael attended Notre Dame West Haven where he was an All-State player and an Academic All American. He continued his tennis career as a scholarship member of the Division I University of Connecticut Huskies. Coach McManus competed as both a singles and doubles player for the team. He is currently the Director of Tennis at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club during the summer months and a teaching pro in the off-season at Milford Indoor Tennis Club and North Haven Health and Racket Club.
During his time at Hopkins, Michael has coached Varsity Girls' Tennis, Junior Varsity Boys' Basketball, Thirds Boys' Basketball, and various informal weight training courses. He is excited to bring his passion and knowledge to the Squash and Tennis programs at Hopkins where he hopes to continue the tradition of excellence for years to come.
Michael was born in New Haven and grew up in Hamden. Michael currently lives in Orange with his wife, Stela, and their three sons, Murphy, Michael Jr., and Myles.
Kristen has worked at Hopkins since 2007, joining the Athletic Department full time in 2019. Prior to becoming Assistant Director of Athletics she worked in the Communications office and in the office of the Dean of Students. She is an assistant coach for both the Varsity Girls Lacrosse and the Junior School Girls Soccer teams, and teaches weight training. Additionally, Kristen is the Coordinator of Auxiliary Programs and works to partner with outside groups wishing to use Hopkins' facilities.
Kristen graduated from UConn in 2002 where she was a four-year starter and co-captain of their Division I Women’s Lacrosse team. While at UConn, Kristen was recognized as Defensive MVP and was named to the NCAA Academic All-American Team.
Kristen grew up in Bel Air, Maryland where she also earned team and individual honors in soccer and lacrosse. She is a proud member of the C. Milton Wright High School Athletic Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Hamden with her husband, Scott '89, and their two children, Charlie '22, and Violet '25.