As part of our commitment to a competitive athletic program, we have enlisted the help of a small group of exceptional individuals to serve as an Athletic Advisory Council. This group will be a resource providing guidance and expertise as we make important decisions about the GCDS athletic program.
Donovan Mitchell, GCDS Class of 2012, was the 13th overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft. In his first year, Donovan became the leading scorer for the Utah Jazz and led his team to the NBA playoffs. He was the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, has set the record for most three pointers for a rookie in NBA history, and passed Karl Malone for the most 20+ point games in a rookie season. Donovan set a new record for points by a shooting guard in their first two postseason games with 55 points, breaking Michael Jordan's record of 53 points. He won the ESPY Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Donovan played his college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals. At GCDS, he was a three-sport athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. He studied drums with Debbie Lewis and to this day remains one of the best drummers to emerge from her program. Donovan's sister, Jordan, graduated from GCDS in 2017, and his mom, Nicole, has taught pre-kindergarten at GCDS since 2007.
Mark Teixeira played 14 seasons in the major leagues for the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, and, most recently, the New York Yankees. Before his professional career, he played college baseball at Georgia Tech, where in 2001 he was the national collegiate baseball player of the year. One of the most prolific switch hitters in MLB history, Teixeira was an integral part of the Yankees' 27th championship in 2009. He was a three-time All-Star, won five Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards, and also holds the all-time major league record for most games with a home run from both sides of the plate, with 14. He was the fifth switch hitter in MLB history to reach 400 home runs.
Claudio Reyna is considered one of the best United States soccer players in our country's history. As a member of University of Virginia men's soccer team, he captured three NCAA national championships and in 1993 won the Hermann Trophy for the best collegiate soccer player in America. He was captain of the United States National Team and was selected to play for the USA in four World Cups and two Olympics. Claudio earned 111 international caps before retiring from international soccer. Claudio played professionally for the New York Red Bulls as well as a stellar international career. Claudio is currently the Sporting Director for the New York City Football Club, which is an expansion team in the MLS.
Cristina Teuscher swam on the United States National Team for eight years, representing the USA in two Olympic Games (1996 and 2000), winning Gold and Bronze medals, and captaining the National Team for three years (1999-2001). Cristina is a six-time National Champion; never lost an individual race during her collegiate career, which includes four NCAA titles; and is a former American and Olympic record holder. In 2000, she was awarded the Honda Broderick Cup, which annually honors the top female collegiate athlete in the country. Cristina, along with her husband Amerigo, founded the Sweet Blue Swim Academy in 2017. Sweet Blue is focused on Learn-to-Swim for young children and adults, proper stroke technique workshops, and wellness programs for those with injuries or limited mobility. Her coaching experience spans over 25 years and draws from both the athletic and business worlds. In the business world, Cristina has worked in human resources roles in both the finance and education sectors, focusing on coaching employees, mentoring new managers, developing talent, and managing conflict resolution. Cristina holds a BA from Columbia University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a Coaching Certification with Columbia University, Teachers College.
Danielle Reyna is a four-time NCAA national champion, having played women's soccer for the legendary coach Anson Dorrance at the University of North Carolina. Danielle was a member of the United States Women's National Soccer team in 1993 and made six starts for the squad.
Ryan Mollett played lacrosse for Princeton University and was captain of the 2001 National Championship team. He was an All-American, was selected to the All-World team while representing Team USA in the 2002 World Games, and was the #1 pick in the 2001 MLL draft, playing seven seasons professionally. He currently is Global Head of Distressed Debt at Angelo, Gordon & Co. and serves on the board of the Boys' Latin School in Maryland.
Maria Elena Ubiña
Maria Elena Ubiña, GCDS Class of 2010, attained #5 Squash Junior World ranking in 2013, as well as United States Junior National Squash Champion in 2013 and 2011. She played on the United States Women's Pan American Squash Team, winning Gold and Bronze Medals with Team USA as well as a Silver Medal in doubles. At Princeton, she was captain of the Women's Squash Team her junior and senior years. She currently works as a Coordinator at Coatue Management in New York City.
John New is a Managing Director at Access Securities based in Stamford, CT. He is also the Associate Head Coach at Iona Prep, where he has served for the past seven seasons playing in the best basketball league in the country, the New York City Catholic League. John is the Founder of Share the Ball Basketball Academy. STB has served over 1,000 children from kindergarten through high school. He has proudly served as a 12-year board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester. John has served as a board member of the St. Patrick's CYO board, and he has won multiple New York State Championships, the only championships in the program's 60 years. He is also a current 7th grade coach at New Heights NYC, a nonprofit serving NYC youth. Over 300 college players have played for New Heights in the past 12 years, as well as multiple professional players.
Mike Custar is a Partner at M2O Private Fund Advisors, where he advises clients raising private equity funds and co-investment capital. Prior to joining M2O, Mike spent 13 years at Credit Suisse in New York, where he was head of the secondary advisory business for the Private Funds Group. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mike spent nine years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, where he assisted private equity clients in evaluating acquisition targets for the Transaction Services Group. Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in accounting; is Series 7, 24, and 63 certified; and is a former CPA. Throughout the year, Mike spends his weekends coaching flag football, soccer, baseball, t-ball, and basketball.
Harry Schwefel is Co-Chief Investment Officer at Point72 Asset Management. Harry earned his AB from Harvard College cum laude, where he was a four-year Varsity Letter Winner for the Men's Ice Hockey Team. While at Harvard, Harry was the recipient of the Donald Angier Hockey Trophy, and he currently serves on the Board of the Friends of Harvard Hockey. Harry played professional hockey for the Kalamazoo K-Wings and was named Rookie of the Year in 2002. He is currently the director of the Greenwich Skating Club Mite Development Program and a member of the Hockey Committee there.