Formed in 2016 by a multidisciplinary team of Episcopal Academy coaches and administrators, Excel boasts a leadership team with expertise in programming for all ages and skill levels. Learn more about our leadership team below, or meet our coaches.

Todd Fairlie

Todd Fairlie is the Head Football Coach at Episcopal. He led the 2012 team to a 10-0 record while capturing the Inter-Ac championship. He has been the Delaware County Coach of The Year and the Philadelphia Eagles Coach of The Week on two occasions. Before joining Episcopal, Todd was a member of the football coaching staff at Widener University and a member of the lacrosse coaching staff at Widener and Ursinus College. A graduate of Widener University and four-time NCAA All-American—twice in football and twice in lacrosse. He played professional lacrosse for two years and directed youth football camps for the Philadelphia Eagles and NXT sports. 

Mark Notaro

Mark Notaro is the Director of Operations at The Episcopal Academy.  In that capacity he oversees all Auxiliary Programming on campus. He also oversees Facilities and Operations, Dining Services, The Kutteh School Store, and Campus Safety. Prior to joining EA in 2008, Mark served as a management consultant for non-profits in the higher-ed and independent school market. A graduate of Dickinson College, Mark was a four year starter at midfield for the lacrosse team. He was a member of the lacrosse coaching staff Dickinson College and Quaker Valley High School. He has also coached youth sports for the Malvern League, TEYSA and NELL. 

Chris bates

Coach Bates is in his first season as Episcopal's Head Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach. Chris brings a wealth of collegiate-level coaching experience as the former Head Coach at Princeton University (2010-2016) and the Head Coach at Drexel University (2000-2009). Prior to being named head coach, he also served as the Assistant Coach at Drexel University (1993-1999). Coach Bates led his teams to five league or conference championships with two NCAA appearances. As a player at Dartmouth College, Coach Bates earned All-Ivy attackman twice. Following graduation, he competed in the NLL for seven seasons with the Philadelphia Wings (1992-1999) and was named All Pro (1996).

Josie Ferri Tomaino

Coach Tomaino is in her fourth season as the Episcopal Academy Head Varsity Girls' Lacrosse Coach. In three seasons, she has amassed a 61-13 record and helped guide the program to both an Inter-Ac (2014) and PA State (2016) Championship. In 2016, she was named Philly Lacrosse High Honorable Mention Girls' Coach of the Year. In addition to coaching at EA, Coach T is also the Co-Owner/Director of Philly Blast Lacrosse, a local club program for girls in 4th through 12th grade. Prior to coaching at Episcopal, Coach T served as the Assistant Coach at Villanova University (2012-2013). At Haverford College, she was a selected 4x All-Conference, 4x All-Region and was named IWLCA All-American in 2011.