A staff dedicated to our student-athletes.
The CSH athletics staff, whether full-time administrators or coaches, are passionate about their role in helping student-athletes aspire to high achievement and achieve their potential. This is all done while recognizing that students have many responsibilities, and the focus always remains on the whole child.
It is the highest priority to ensure that we get the hiring, training and development of our coaching staff right because it is the most important aspect of the program. While over 70% of our coaches are year-round faculty members, all coaches are educated on the mission and goals and criteria of Sacred Heart schools. We seek out coaching staff who are effective communicators and motivators and knowledgeable in their sport with either college playing or coaching experience.
Paul Culff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sacred Heart and has over 13 years of experience in the not-for profit sports sector. His most recent role was Sports Director at Asphalt Green (6 years) and he previously held the position of Sports Camp Director at the YMCA of Long Island. In his role at Sacred Heart since July 2017, Paul’s priority has always remained on 3 key areas - staff, curriculum and facilities, all of which he believes are the cornerstones of excellent programming. He speaks passionately about the students learning life lessons through athletics and developing mental toughness that will help them in all walks of life. In line with the mission, his focus remains on the “whole child”.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Paul loves nothing more than the great outdoors. He attended Southern Cross University and was a 10 sport athlete in high school, where he excelled in cricket and soccer. As a player, coach and administrator, he wants his teams to reach their potential and believes they can do so through GRIT - the power of passion and perseverance.
Athletics Director of Competitive Sports
212-722-4745, ext. 619
Carolyn DeCaprio joined Sacred Heart in conjunction with the opening of the new Athletics and Wellness Center in 2014. She was originally Department Coordinator then Director of Business Operations but in 2018-19 was appointed as Athletics Director of Competitive Sports. Prior to Sacred Heart, she worked as Director of Basketball Operations at the NBA for 15 years.
Born and raised near White Plains, NY, Carolyn grew up playing volleyball, basketball, softball and also swam on a club team through MS and HS. She graduated Smith College where she was a member of the Varsity Swim and Volleyball teams, earning recognition by being named 2nd Team All ECAC in her senior year for volleyball. Her coaching career began at Holy Child with Volleyball and Basketball teams and she was also a 15s Club Volleyball coach for Downstate Volleyball Club. At CSH, she has coached Varsity Badminton, Varsity Tennis, JV Volleyball and 7/8 swim.
Carolyn wants CSH student athletes to experience the same sense of joy and accomplishment that she did while being a member of a team. Her goal is to have as many students participate on a team at Sacred Heart, and enjoy the sports experience, learning valuable life lessons along the way.
Warren Perry has over 20 years experience coaching elite athletes on the club, scholastic, and collegiate levels. With two Masters degrees in Exercise Science and Education, he is well-equipped to guide aspiring swimmers to the next level, no matter their goals.
Having grown up in coastal North Carolina, Warren has been around water his whole life. He began competitive swimming at the age of seven, quickly worked up the state and national rankings, and was recruited to swim at the University of North Carolina. After college, Warren worked in the Sports Science labs at Duke University and coached the varsity team at East Carolina University.
Warren has directed the aquatics programs at Sacred Heart since 2014, leading the Cardinals to 5-straight conference championships. More importantly though, his passion for teaching and love of swimming guides a well-rounded aquatics department where everyone can find a place to thrive.
Chrissy Lee joined the Sacred Heart community in 2011 having received her degree in Athletic Training from Boston University. Prior to coming to Sacred Heart, she enjoyed working with a variety of patients in various environments such as midtown physical therapy clinics, junior college football, division one varsity and club athletics, and public and private middle and high schools as well as specialty sports camps. Originally from Massachusetts, Chrissy is an avid runner and has volunteered at the Boston Marathon.
Chrissy is committed to providing comprehensive health care, improving movement patterns and posture, and fostering an appreciation of the positive effects of sport and exercise on the mind and body. The favorite part of her job is seeing hard working students improve and succeed.
PE Teacher, Head Coach Varsity Soccer, 7/8 Basketball, 7/8 Softball
John O’Hagan, born and raised in Dundalk, Ireland, began working at Sacred Heart in 2000 - his first job coming straight out of college. He played NCAA D1 College soccer with Hofstra University where he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education. He is a full-time physical education teacher at Sacred Heart and has coached a multitude of different sports and teams over the years. He currently serves as the Head Varsity Soccer Coach where he has led the team to AAIS league and tournament championships. He is also Head Coach of 7/8 Basketball and 7/8 Softball. He is a UEFA accredited coach and has also served as Director of Coaching for Mineola Soccer Club on Long Island for many years in addition to running coaching clinics and camps throughout the tri-state area.
In his spare time, you probably won’t see John around the city because he is an avid traveller who likes to visit remote destinations around the world. If you do see him in or around Central Park, he will probably be walking Hank (the Upper School service dog) because he also loves dogs. John’s favorite part of Sacred Heart is the students because they are motivated to make themselves better. John is also particularly invested in Goal lll of Sacred Heart’s Goals and Criteria in that he is a lead advocate for service and those related projects that help underserved communities.