Hometown: Merrick, New York
Education: Roanoke College—B.S.
Year Appointed: 2001
Current Position: Physical Education; Assistant Boys’ Lacrosse Coach; Assistant Boys’ Soccer Coach; Upper School Entrepreneurship
I was recruited by Roanoke College to play lacrosse; I visited the college and really loved the school and the area. It was a good fit for me. During my time at Roanoke College I met Gay, and several years after college we were married. We both loved Salem and thought it was a great place to raise a family, so we decided to stay and start our lives together here.
You are quite the athlete; did you always know you wanted to be a coach?
In school, I studied PE and athletic training. At first I was more focused on the athletic training side. I actually worked with the Roanoke Express hockey team and wanted to peruse a career there but quickly realized that would involve a lot of traveling. That was okay for a while; but once Gay and I started our family, it became too much and I decided to find a way to stay in Roanoke. After college, I coached at Patrick Henry for two years, then I coached at Roanoke College for five years. I had coaching experience, but I wanted to try something new. In 1998, I started Rising Star, a 64-acre athletic camp in Roanoke County that offered soccer, lacrosse, hiking, biking, volleyball, and more. I was also a minority owner of the Roanoke River Dogs and Roanoke Express when they were still in town.
When did your career with North Cross begin?
Gay and I always knew we wanted to send our children to North Cross. When Christopher started kindergarten in 2000, I talked to Will Stacey about starting a lacrosse program at the school. The school had a program in the 70s but stopped it in the 80s. The game was becoming increasingly popular in the Valley, and he agreed that it was a good time to bring it back. I actually started by introducing lacrosse in PE classes under Coach Muscaro. In 2001, we started a middle school team, and 2002 was our first competitive year. As those middle-schoolers got older, we continued to offer more teams and now have middle school, JV, and varsity teams.
What do you enjoy most about teaching and coaching?
Well, personally speaking, it really brings our family closer. Gay also played lacrosse growing up, so she and I both have a love for sports and now even more so that our children are so involved in athletics. All four of our kids play lacrosse and soccer, not only at North Cross but also on travel teams, not to mention individually they participate in other school sports as well. It is a huge time commitment for each of them, and coaching allows me to spend more time with them. I also love seeing not only my kids but all the kids I coach excel on the field and in the classroom. I really believe that kids benefit from being involved in athletics, especially at a school like North Cross where everyone has an opportunity to be part of team whether they want to participate just for fun or pursue playing in college and beyond. My goal is to continue to support the programs here and hope they continue to grow and succeed.