Chaput Named Faculty Speaker

The Class of 2020 selected History Master and Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Department Erik Chaput as the class’s faculty speaker who will address students at the virtual Alumni Induction Ceremony on May 23.

The Class of 2020 selected History Master and Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Department Erik Chaput as the class’s faculty speaker who will address students at the virtual Alumni Induction Ceremony on May 23. On top of his role in the History Department, Chaput also runs the senior Capstone course with fellow History Master Cara Hyson. Outside of the classroom, Chaput leads the Big Red Track and Field Program and serves as the head coach for the Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. In terms of residential life, he has been the Assistant Housemaster of the Griswold House for the past four years.

Chaput came to Lawrenceville in 2013 with his wife English Master Katie Chaput. “The opportunity came up to be a husband and wife team heading the track and field programs, so we left our home in western Massachusetts and moved to New Jersey. We immediately felt at home in the history and English departments during our first year...My greatest joy of working here is that I get to share the experience with my wife Katie [Chaput],” he said.

Reflecting on the current V Formers, Erik Chaput said, “In my seven years at Lawrenceville, the Class of 2020 is without question the one that I feel that I have had the most connection with.” Not only does he have fond memories of meeting students in the Mackenzie Administration Building when they came in for their interviews, but during the fall, he also wrote over 20 recommendation letters, worked with several athletes on recruitment, and engaged with several members of the Class of 2020 in the Heely Scholars Program.

Thinking back on his time at Lawrenceville, Erik Chaput cited that the students at Lawrenceville are one of the highlights of his career. He said, “I truly feel [like] I have the best job in the world...Their passion and energy inspire me day in and day out to get better.” He later added that he “could not think of another institution that would afford [him] the opportunity to do what [he loves] during the day—teaching U.S. History—and then in the afternoon coach the sport that [he is] most passionate about—track and field.” 

Reflecting on how Erik Chaput has helped him as an advisor, Manoc Joa-Griffith ’22 commented, “Even while we are in quarantine, he continues to contact and support me, and it makes me feel like I have someone else to talk to besides my family. I’m very lucky to have him as a mentor.” On Erik Chaput’s impact as a coach, Joa-Griffith said, “As my coach on the track team, he’s constantly pushing me...Every single time I run, I see him on the side of the track screaming and yelling,...telling me to go faster. It really motivates me to...push forward.”

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