Varsity Head Coach
A graduate of Andover’s class of 1980, winner of the Sumner Smith award for the team’s MVP as a Post Graduate student which prompted his coach Ted Harrison to call him “the best goaltender [he has] ever coached,” Coach Tortorella went on to a stellar four year career as goaltender for Yale University helping lead the team into national prominence under legendary coach Tim Taylor. Immediately following graduating Yale in 1984, he attended the Buffalo Sabres’ NHL training camp in Lake Placid, was assigned by Scotty Bowman to the organization’s affiliate team in the International Hockey League, and soon embarked on his over thirty-year coaching career. Prior to returning to Andover as a member of the English Department in 2001, he taught, was Athletic Director and coached many teams in a variety of sports, including baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and both boys and girls hockey at The Nichols School in Buffalo, New York. As Athletic Director at Nichols, he was instrumental in starting the Girls’ hockey program there and then led the team in 2000-2001 to a 22-0-1 season capturing the Canadian Independent School Association championship. In 2014 Coach Tortorella published
The Common Poems, continues to teach in the English department and is an academic advisor. He lives with his wife Mary and two stepsons, Connor and Aidan.
Coach Silversides brings thirteen years experience coaching at the prep level as he returns to his role as varsity assistant this season. The former Colgate Raider (1999-2003) spent four seasons competing in Division 1 ECAC and was a member of Colgate’s 2000 NCAA Tournament team, a four-year ECAC All-Academic Team member, a member of the program’s captaincy as both a junior and senior, and received the Terry Slater Award in recognition of the impact his performance, leadership and dedication on and off the ice had on Colgate hockey. Prior to his collegiate career, Coach Silversides played one season of junior hockey for the Stratford Cullitons of the former Midwestern Junior Hockey League. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Coach Silversides played for the Thunder Bay Kings and was a member of the 1997 Air Canada Cup National Midget Championship team; he was subsequently drafted by the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and attended the team’s training camp prior to deciding to pursue college hockey. Coach Silversides serves as an advisor, complimentary house counselor, and EBI instructor. He lives on campus with his wife, a mathematics instructor at PA, and their two daughters.
Coach Parker begins his fourteenth year coaching New England prep hockey as he returns from a one-year sabbatical. Having joined the Andover varsity staff in 2011, the Wisconsin native is a former NEPSIHA head coach as well following a standout career at Minnesota’s Gustavus Adolphus College. A member of the History and Social Science department, house counselor, and one of the school’s five Deans, Coach Parker lives on campus at Stowe House with his wife Sara and three children.