Report from the Athletic Department

Hello Clipper Nation !

Just wanted to thank all of the PHS student-athletes that participated in our winter sports program for their efforts and enthusiasm. Somehow we got through the ups and downs, quarantines and more and all came out so much better on the other side. We are so proud of all you for the way that you have handled yourselves in the games, practices, school and community and am very impressed that you did this all without any complaints … you just got the job done. Your representation of our high school and Clipper Pride should be commended. 

Congratulations to all of our amazing Winter Sports Seniors and good luck to you moving forward – your leadership, understanding, effort and passion to succeed should be an example to all of our underclassmen for years to come. Thanks also to our families for all of their support, patience and understanding.

Over the past few weeks, our athletic and school community lost two coaching icons from Portsmouth High School and also two of the nicest and most sincere people you would ever meet. Coach Bill Murphy, a PE teacher here at Portsmouth HS as well as a track and football coach, and Dan Parr, also a teacher at PHS and legendary basketball coach. Our hearts are sore when thinking of them passing, but we all should feel blessed that we had them in our lives, and were able to laugh and learn from them on a daily basis. There are scholarships being created in honor of both Coach Murphy and for Coach Parr.

For the Coach Bill Murphy Scholarship, please make checks payable to “PHS Football”.

For the Dan Parr Scholarship, please make checks payable to “Dan Parr Scholarship

Checks can be sent to (or dropped off at the Portsmouth HS Athletic Office) …

Portsmouth HS Athletics Dept.

c/o Tom Kozikowski

Portsmouth High School

50 Andrew Jarvis Drive

Portsmouth, NH 03801


Welcome to Spring 2021!

** Very Important – please read below in regards to Final Forms for all PHS Student-Athletes …

The Athletic Department is now implementing a new program called “Final Forms” (see LINK below). EACH SPRING STUDENT-ATHLETE MUST BE REGISTERED AND ALL FORMS ELECTRONICALLY SIGNED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021. Please read carefully all instructions and resort to the “parent playbook” for information.  In addition, all sports physicals that were turned in this year will be added by the athletic department after you have registered your child/children.  

Go to FinalForms. (   



Our spring season will begin on Monday March 29th.  All COVID protocols will be implemented, similar to our fall and winter seasons. (Masks, social distancing, temperature checks and small attendance for home/away contests, for example.)

Below is our first practice/tryout information …

Girls Softball-Starts Monday March 29th, 4:00 PM in the PHS Gymnasium.

Head Softball Coach: Sandy Dewing – Email …


Boys Baseball-Starts Monday March 29th, 5:45-7:30 PM in the Old Foyer/Auditorium for Freshmen and Sophomores and 7:15-9:00 PM in the Old Foyer/Auditorium for all Juniors and Seniors. (Door #11)

Head Baseball Coach: Tim Hopley – Email …


Boys Lacrosse-Starts Monday March 29th, 6:00 PM on the PHS Turf Field.

Head Boys Lacrosse Coach: Chad Vischer - Email …


Girls Lacrosse-Starts Monday March 29th, 4:00 PM on the PHS Turf Field.

Head Girls Lacrosse Coach: JoJo Curro - Email …


Boys & Girls Track-n-Field-Starts Monday March 29th, 3:45 PM on the PHS Track.

Head Boys Track Coach: Mike Lyford - Email …

Head Girls Track Coach: Stan Lyford - Email …


Unified Track-Signups start Monday March 29th.

Please contact Unified Track Head Coach, Lauren Casimiro- Email …


Boys Tennis-Starts Monday March 29th, 4:00 PM at the South Mill Pond Tennis Courts.

Head Boys Tennis Coach: Anthony Silitta – Email …


Girls Tennis-Starts Monday March 29th, 4:00 PM at the Portsmouth HS Tennis Courts.

Head Girls Tennis Coach: Wendy Poutre – Email …

If you have any questions about individual sports please contact the coach of the team.


Athletic Calendar

Get the latest information about upcoming athletic events for all sports teams, as well as sign up for Email alerts.

Go to Athletic Calendar



Sports Qualifying Physical Form

Before taking the field, every athlete must submit a Sports Qualifying Physical History form to ensure that they are fit for participation.

Download the Sports Qualifying Physical Form


PHS Athletic Handbook

This handbook was designed to set forth proven practices and procedures as a guide for the administration of the athletic program of Portsmouth High School.

Read the PHS Athletic Handbook


Parent Talks to A Child Before the First Game

This is your first game, my child. I hope you win.
I hope you win for your sake, not mine.
Because winning is nice.
It's a good feeling.
Like the whole world is yours.
But it passes, this feeling.
And what lasts is what you've learned.
That's what sports is all about. Life.
The whole thing is played out in an afternoon.
The happiness of life.
The miseries. The joys. The heartbreaks.
There's not telling how you'll do.
You might be a hero or you might be absolutely nothing.
There's just no telling.
Too much depends on chance.
On how the ball bounces.
I'm not talking about the game, my child.
I'm talking about life. But it's life that the game is all about.
Just as I said. Because every game is life.
And life is a game. A serious game. Dead serious.
But that's what you do with serious things.
You do your best. You take what comes. And you run with it.
Winning is fun. Sure. But winning is not the point.
Not giving up is the point.
Never being satisfied with what you've done is the point.
Never letting up is the point.
Never letting anyone down is the point.
Play to win. Sure. But lose like a champion.
Because it's not winning that counts.