Hometown: Western Pennsylvania
Education: Grove City College—B.A.
Current Position: Associate Director of Admission, Head Coach Varsity Football
Year Appointed: 2010
What is your hometown?
I grew up in western Pennsylvania. We spent several years in a place called Ligonier, which is known for its fort that played a role in the French and Indian War. We lived on a small Kindergarten through 9th grade school campus that used to be one of the Mellon family summer homes, tucked in the woods on the edge of Lynn Run State Park. It was an amazing place to grow up.
I love being involved with high school athletics, and football in particular, because of what it teaches young people. My time spent being a part of athletic teams produced some of the best memories in my life. The most important thing one can learn from being on a football team is that there is something more important than one’s self. I hope this, along with other important life lessons, help our football athletes become leaders and positive contributors to their future families and communities.
What was your favorite book you read in school?
In grade school, I loved a book called Redwall by Brian Jacques. I preferred books about animals, as a kid, and I really loved the military strategy in Redwall.
Who do you consider as your mentor, and what have you learned from them?
My dad is definitely my mentor, in life and as a coach. He made many sacrifices in his career to put his sons in the best educational situation. Instead of showing me how to coach, he taught me what was most important in life and helped me understand how athletics related to those values. I still talk to him almost every day about coaching, family, and life, and I am continually learning from him.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
Whatever I am listening to, it probably wasn’t produced in the recent past. I enjoy most genres of music so you might catch me listening George Strait when I’m hanging out on the patio, Frank Sinatra when I’m cooking dinner, Young Jeezy if it’s game day, or Eric Clapton if I’m driving on the parkway.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out? What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
I have made some great North Cross memories in my six years here, most of which involved the close relationships built within a football team. Of course, I love our football traditions, like our post-game family huddles and end-of-the-season dinners. I am also a big fan of our senior speeches. The DeHart Project is a very useful educational process that I wish I would have had in high school.
If you could say something to the students here at North Cross, what would you say?
North Cross students: There is a big world out there beyond southwest Virginia and we are fortunate to have a school like North Cross in this community. So, use your opportunities here to figure out what you can contribute to that big world, not necessarily what that big world can do for you. And, be appreciative of the sacrifices your parents and families make to educate you.