NYA V Girls Soccer State champions 2022

Athletics at NYA

Our dedicated and experienced athletics staff, many of whom are faculty members or NYA alumni, make sports and activities at NYA safe and FUN!

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NYA requires students in grade six through twelve to participate in an after school activity each season. In addition to team sports, students may select activities like theater and music.

Our youngest Lower School students participate in Creative Movement classes, and beginning in the primary grades, our Lower School students participate in Physical Education class in addition to recess in our playground. In the winter months, students in Pre-K through grade four take ice skating lessons at NYA”s Travis Roy Ice Arena as part of their PE class.

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Do you participate in a sport that is not currently offered at NYA? That might be okay through our Middle and Upper School Waiver option.

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Although ideally, we would like you to be part of an NYA team to experience the camaraderie of practicing, competing, and celebrating with your classmates, we understand that some students compete in other activities that NYA does not offer.

Waivers for Middle and Upper School Students

Waivers may be requested, completed, and submitted to the Director of Athletics at least one month in advance of any season. The athletic waiver activity must be for an activity that NYA does not offer throughout the year. The Activity must meet a clear set of objectives, outlined by the Athletics Department, including documented hourly documentation, supervision, and competitive elements.

Senior Waiver (fall, winter, spring)

The Senior Waiver may be requested by students for any one activity season in their senior year. Senior Waivers should be requested, completed, and submitted to the Director of Athletics at least one month in advance of any season. These waivers are reserved for NYA seniors in good standing with the Athletics Department and Activity requirement only and are considered non-active.


NYA Athletic Director, Kelsy RossKelsy Ross
Athletic Director

This is Kelsy’s fifth year as Athletic Director at North Yarmouth Academy. She holds a BA from Roanoke College where she was a member of the varsity soccer and varsity basketball programs. While working towards a MA in Physical Education, Athletic Administration from Springfield College, Ross coached with the women’s soccer program and worked as a graduate assistant in the equipment room. She was most recently the Bates College Head Women’s Soccer Coach and lecturer in the Bates Physical Education Department.

Matthew Poulin, NYA Girls Varsity Hockey CoachMatthew Poulin
Associate Director of Athletics and Varsity Girls Ice Hockey Head Coach

This is Matthew Poulin’s second year at NYA. Matt helps manage scheduling, transportation, and game operations for our Middle and Upper School athletic programs. Prior to NYA, he was the assistant boys varsity ice hockey coach at Lewiston High School. For six of the past seven seasons, he aided in ushering the Blue Devils to three state championships. Matt also has collegiate coaching experience in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), leading the Central Maine Community College D2 Men’s Club Hockey program. Coach Poulin is a Certified Level 4 USA Hockey Coach with the Boston Jr. Eagles U19 Tier 2 team and has previously coached various U16 and U19 Tier 2 Girls teams through the Casco Bay Mariners and the Maine Gladiators. Matt also conducts private on-ice skills training for boys and girls ages 11-18.

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