Sports aren’t about winning and losing for Tracey Arndt, The Hun School’s new co-director of athletics. Instead, she sees them as integral to a holistic, well-rounded student experience. “The student-athlete experience at The Hun School is about so much more than having a sport to play," says Mrs. Arndt. "It is about creating a culture of success both on and off the field, where the student athlete can cultivate positive physical, social, and mental habits that can carry over into all aspects of his or her life."
Before you start thinking Mrs. Arndt eschews competition, think again. This former captain of the Penn State field hockey team was a First-Team All-American, Big Ten Most Valuable Player, and Academic All-Big Ten Honoree. She was also selected for the U.S. National Team in her junior year of college. While her team’s Olympic dreams were dashed—twice—Mrs. Arndt’s irrepressible optimism has her only seeing the silver lining. “I have had successes and failures and I know what it’s like to ride the ups and downs. I tell people all of the time, I wasn’t the fastest or the best player, but I worked the hardest. I think that inspires people to do their best.”
As a professional, Mrs. Arndt has an equally accomplished resume. Currently a teacher in the Pennsbury School District and coach at Princeton Field Hockey Club, she spent three years at Princeton Day School, where she took the team to Prep B state finals in her first year. She has also coached and taught at Columbia University, managed a highly competitive club program, and was a coach and mentor for U.S. Field Hockey’s Futures program.
While Mrs. Arndt will be new to the School, the co-director role itself is also new—and progressive. “It’s highly unusual and remarkable. It’s saying that we want to do this right and it’s important to have two people so we can focus on the absolute best experience for every student-athlete.”
Tracy Arndt joins a legacy at The Hun School that has been established by Bill and Kathy Quirk. “Bill Quirk is a part of the fabric of Hun and I’m excited to learn from him. I am looking forward to working hard with him to create a world-class athletic experience to match the School’s world-class education.”
This dedicated administrator isn’t all work and no play, though. She and her husband, who coaches football at Harry S Truman High School in Bristol, Pennsylvania, enjoy staying active with their two young children.
As a longtime athlete, Mrs. Ardnt is an obvious team player. “My high school coach took a chance on me and I worked four years proving it was the right decision. It’s been the same ever since, whether it was Penn State or the National Team. Now I’ll spend my career proving that Hun made the right decision.”