Football - Varsity
Portsmouth Abbey School has been playing Varsity Football since 1931. Currently, the football team competes in the Evergreen Football League; a very competitive 16 team league with independent schools located throughout New England.
The football program at Portsmouth Abbey School prides itself on being a hardworking and dedicated group of student-athletes. We have had great success with multi-sport athletes and we welcome young men with all levels of ability and experience into the program. Our coaching staff pushes the players to reach their potential on the field, in the classroom, and as members of the Portsmouth Abbey community. We want all those in the program to play with great enthusiasm, be great teammates, and enjoy their experience playing football.
Head Coach: Elliot Moffie
Elliott grew up in Wallingford, CT and is the second oldest of four children. He decided to teach at an independent school because of his high school experience at Avon Old Farms School and because he enjoys working with motivated young adults. Elliott joined the Portsmouth Abbey faculty after graduating from Williams College in 2007 where he received a B.A. in economics. While at Williams, he started on the football team for four years at defensive back and he captained an undefeated NESCAC championship team during his senior year. At Portsmouth Abbey, Elliott has taught various levels of math. He currently teaches Algebra II, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. Elliott is also a houseparent in St. Martin’s House where he lives with his wife, Liz, and their son, Owen. Athletically, Elliott became the head coach of the Varsity Football Team in 2018 after spending 11 years as an assistant. He has also been the head coach of the Girls’ Varsity Softball team since 2011.
Assistant Coach: Thomas Foote
Thomas Foote teaches math and coaches football and lacrosse. After spending his first year on the football staff coaching linebackers and wide receivers, he now moves into the role of defensive coordinator. Before coming to Portsmouth Abbey, Thomas worked at Suffield Academy (CT) and Thayer Academy (MA). At Suffield he helped the Tigers to a 65–15 record, eight bowl appearances, and four New England titles as the wide receivers coach, special teams coordinator, and JV head coach. He also served as the head boys' lacrosse coach, leading the team to their first league title in 15 years. In his short time at Thayer, he coached quarterbacks before being named defensive coordinator. Thomas earned his B.A. in economics from Amherst College while playing lacrosse for the Lord Jeffs and working for the UMass football team. Thomas and his wife Katie live on campus with their sons Robbie and JB.
Assistant Coach: Peter Cahill
Born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts to two Boston Public School Teachers, Peter joined Portsmouth Abbey School after graduating from Williams College in 2021. Peter’s high school experiences at The Roxbury Latin School along with his Post-Graduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy helped inspire his decision to work in a boarding school that values the development of young adults both in the classroom and on the playing fields. At Williams, Peter played Quarterback and Safety for the varsity football team and received a B.A in Classics. He currently teaches both Latin and English here at the Abbey. His first-hand experience as a boarding student at Exeter gives him a unique connection with the students here at the Abbey, where he is a houseparent in St. Aelred’s house. Outside of coaching Varsity Football, Peter also coaches JV Boys Ice Hockey and JV Girls Lacrosse.
Assistant Coach: Dare Odeyingbo
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Dare graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2019 majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with a concentration in Health in Human Services. While at Vanderbilt he played four years on the Vanderbilt football team and captained the team his senior year.
After College and spending a short time in the NFL, Dare transitioned into the workforce and started his career in health insurance, but with the coming of the pandemic decided to begin a career in Decentralized Clinical trials and Clinical Trial Regulations. He views this industry as the gateway to expanded medical care to underserved populations as it will reduce the cost of Clinical trials and thus allow medications for more rare diseases to make it past the clinical trials stage.
At Portsmouth Abbey, Dare will be a three-season coach, coaching varsity football, jv basketball, and track and field.