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Athletics Team

Head Coach



Chris Shilts


Varsity Football

Mr. Shilts joined the Pingry faculty in 2000, and became Head Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Football Team in 2008 and Interim Head Coach of the Boys' Varsity Track Team in 2010, focusing on sprints and hurdles. He is also an Assistant Coach of the Girls’ Varsity Track Team. (Prior to these roles he has served as the Head Coach of the Middle School Football Team, and has coached Middle School Boys’ Basketball.)

An English teacher in the Upper School, he received the Herbert F. Hahn Junior Faculty Award in 2003 for the teacher who best personifies the Pingry philosophy. In 2005, he earned the Norman B. Tomlinson Chair in the Humanities, awarded to a humanities faculty member who has taught at Pingry for at least five years and has made a significant contribution to the life of the school outside of the classroom.

An outside linebacker for the College of Wooster’s football team, Mr. Shilts also competed in the hurdles for their track team, earning four varsity letters in both sports. In 1989, he earned All-Conference honors in indoor track.

In 1990, following his graduation from The College of Wooster (he went on to earn his master’s degree in Great Books from St. John’s College), he entered the teaching profession. Prior to his arrival at Pingry, he coached football at Winston Churchill High School and the Bullis School, both in Potomac, Maryland; Cranbrook Schools in Michigan; and spent four years at The Hill School, outside Philadelphia. At The Bullis School, where he taught for five years, and The Hill School, he was also the head track coach, and had a major impact developing the depth and quality of their track programs.

Mr. Shilts has guided his athletes to many significant accomplishments. Notably, all current Pingry record-holders in the hurdles are boys or girls who learned the event from Coach Shilts. One such athlete, Jamil McClintock ’04—inducted into Pingry’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015—became the top hurdler in New Jersey in 2004 by winning the 110 high hurdles in the Meet of Champions. Jamil went on to set records at Brown University.

Coach Shilts’s father, Dr. John Shilts, also a longtime coach and teacher, worked for many years at Pingry’s competitor, Lawrenceville (he was recently inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame). A healthy rivalry between father and son played out on the track, particularly when, in 2004, they each had a hurdler vying for the top spot in the state. “I’m proud that the two best hurdlers in the state that year were coached by Shiltses,” he recalled.


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