Lauralton Hall has named Jeanne Cooper athletic director effective July 1. Cooper held the position of director of health, physical education and athletics for Hamden Public Schools from 2002 - 2013. Prior to her years in Hamden, she worked for the New Haven Public Schools. She held a number of positions during her time there, including: Athletic director, health and physical education teacher and volleyball and softball coach. Cooper is also a certified athletic administrator and coach, and actively participates in the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors as well as the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports. Among other awards, Cooper has received the \u201cWoman in Leadership Award\u201d from the Women and Families Center of Central Connecticut. \u201cJeanne brings a wealth of experience to the position having served as director of health, physical education and athletics for Hamden Public Schools for 11 years,\u201d said Dr. Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, president of Lauralton Hall. \u201cDuring the interview process, I have been impressed with Jeanne's high standards for academics, athletics and the arts.\u00a0 She exudes a capable confidence, passion and energy. I believe she has the experience and ability to take our athletic program to a new level of participation and competition, and build on the fine work that Judy Gallagher has done over the past year as interim athletic director.\u201d Lauralton Hall will be moving to the South Central Conference (SCC) of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) with the new academic year. The school offers a variety of seasonal sports including tennis, lacrosse, indoor and outdoor track, softball, basketball, golf, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, ice hockey, ski, cross country, field hockey, soccer, swimming and diving and volleyball. Lauralton most recently earned the State Championship in basketball (2014) and swimming (2012). For more information about Lauralton Hall go to lauraltonhall.org or call 203-877-2786.