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Tim Hamling
TIM HAMLING
HEAD COACH
CROSS COUNTRY & TRACK (20 YEARS)

Since 2001, Coach Hamling’s teams have won one girls track and field state championship in 2014; two individual boys state championships; five individual track and field state championships; four girls cross country region championships; six boys track and field region championships; six boys cross country region championships, two state runner-up finishes; and three girls track and field region championships. Coach Hamling coached girls basketball at Woodward Academy from 1995-2001. The team won the state championships in 1996 and 1999.

John Hunt
JOHN HUNT
HEAD COACH
FOOTBALL

Coach Hunt was named the AAAA Georgia Football Coach of the Year for 2014. For the first time since 1997, the War Eagles advanced to the state championship semifinals after capturing the region championship in 2014. Coach Hunt came to Woodward after coaching high school football in Florida and serving on Steve Spurrier's coaching staffs in college and professional football at Florida and South Carolina and for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Florida and played pro football for two years.

John Hurston
John Hurston
HEAD COACH
GIRLS SOFTBALL

Coach John Hurston has served the Woodward softball program the past four years as an assistant softball coach. In the 2013-2014 season, he helped lead the team to its first region title in the 25-year history of the program. The girls softball team had its first ever AAA All-State selection and its first ever AAA All-State Honorable Mention during that season as well. During that memorable season, the team had 14 first team All-Region players, the most in a single year in school history. During the 2016-2017 season, Coach Hurston helped the softball team advance to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history. Coach Hurston has also been a baseball coach for the past nine years, with five of those coming at Troup High school, and he is currently beginning his fourth year as a baseball coach at Woodward Academy. In addition to coaching, Coach Hurston teaches P.E. at Woodward Academy Primary School.

Tad Sahara
TAD SAHARA
HEAD COACH
VOLLEYBALL (11 YEARS)

Coach Sahara has helped lead the Lady War Eagle Volleyball team to five of its 10 state championships (2004, 2005, and 2008 – 2010) and 11 final fours. He is the founder of Tsunami Volleyball, a locally and nationally competitive Atlanta-based club program for which he also coaches.



Malia Raley

MALIA RALEY
HEAD COACH
COMPETITION CHEERLEADING (Two Years)







Luke Underwood

LUKE UNDERWOOD
HEAD COACH
CLAY TARGET SPORTS (THREE YEARS)

In just three short years since the program began, Coach Underwood has led the clay target team to win the 2014 GISA clay target state championship, and state runner-up in 2015. In addition to clay target, he has served as assistant coach for wrestling and football at Woodward Academy. Coach Underwood played Division 2 football as a defensive tackle at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.V., and was a Division 2 wrestler at West Liberty State College in West Liberty, W.V.


KEVIN GREANEY
KEVIN GREANEY
HEAD COACH
BOYS SWIMMING (36 YEARS)
BOYS GOLF (25 YEARS)

The boys swim team won the state championship in 1987 and state runner-up in 1985, 1986, 2001, and 2003. In 1983 and 1988, Coach Greaney was named the National High School Coaches Association Swimming Coach of the Year. He was named the Georgia High School Association’s Swimming Coach of the Year in 1988 as well.


KIM LAWRENCE
KIM LAWRENCE
HEAD COACH
GIRLS BASKETBALL (FOur Years)

Woodward's Class of 2000 graduate Kim Lawrence has been the head coach for girls basketball since 2012. A graduate of Furman University, Kim played professional basketball in Holland for 2 1/2 years. Under her supervision, the Lady War Eagles have amassed a record of 52 wins and 37 losses with annual appearances in the state tournament as well as making it to the elite eight. As a member of the 1999 state championship basketball team, Kim looks forward to bringing that tradition back to Woodward.

Danielle Lefevers
Danielle Lefevers
HEAD COACH
GIRLS SWIMMING

A 2008 Woodward graduate who swam for the varsity team while in school, Coach LeFevers attended Furman University for her undergraduate degree, where she was a member of the club swimming team. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in education, she attended the University of Michigan for her Master of Arts in teaching and learning. While at Michigan, Coach Lefevers swam for a Masters swimming program in Ann Arbor. Coach LeFevers has also worked at Swim Atlanta for several years, in addition to being a part of Swim Atlanta’s Masters swimming team. For the 2015-2016 season, Coach LeFevers served as an assistant coach for Woodward’s varsity girls’ swimming team.


KATHI MYGATT
KATHI MYGATT
HEAD COACH
DIVING

Coach Mygatt has been the head varsity diving coach at Woodward Academy for seventeen years. Under her guidance, she has had at least one diver qualify for the state championships each year. Coach Mygatt helped coach the 2014 Woodward Academy girls swimming and diving team to the A-AAAAA State Championship.



Jeff Ragan
JEFF RAGAN
HEAD COACH
WRESTLING (TWO YEARS)

Prior to arriving at Woodward, Jeff Ragan served as the associate head wrestling coach at The Citadel for 14 seasons, helping send 32 Bulldog grapplers, including four All-Americans, to the NCAA Championships. Ragan also helped coach the Bulldogs to a Southern Conference Championship in 2004 and a top 20 NCAA finish in 2013—all while mentoring 15 Academic All-Americans and multiple top 20 All-Academic teams. During his off-seasons, he has coached wrestlers and fellow coaches in the freestyle and Greco-Roman styles to All-American honors and even the 2012 Olympic Games.

A former adjunct professor of mathematics, Ragan received a Masters of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from The Citadel and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, where he was a four-year wrestling letterman with more than 100 career wins and a member of three Big XII Conference championship teams. As a senior, Ragan earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships, received the honor of Oklahoma State Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Year, and joined the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Academic All-American team. Ragan also is a four-time freestyle All-American, FILA national champion, and FILA world team member and placer.

ANTHONY THOMAS

ANTHONY THOMAS
HEAD COACH
BOYS BASKETBALL (SEVEN YEARS)

Coach Thomas’s boys basketball team won the region championship in 2012 as well as region runner-up in 2011 and 2015. Other team achievements include: state qualifier, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015; Elite Eight, 2013; and Sweet Sixteen, 2011 and 2015. Coach Thomas played basketball for Woodward Academy as a student between 1994 and 1998 and for Furman University between 1998 and 2002. He was named to the Woodward Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

SHANNON BALTHASER
HEAD COACH
GIRLS LACROSSE

The girls lacrosse team made it to the second round of playoffs in 2015 before losing to the reigning state champions. The team has improved greatly from season to season, which Coach Balthaser attributes to the girls’ determination and dedication. A 2005 Woodward graduate, she attended the University of New Mexico on a weightlifting scholarship. In 2008, she was one of only 25 women in the nation invited to compete in the Olympic trials for her sport. She coached the Olympic weightlifting team from 2006 to 2010.



Ken Kirschner

Ken kirschner
HEAD COACH
BOYS ultimate






PETE FRITTS JR.

PETE FRITTS JR.
HEAD COACH
GIRLS GOLF

Coach Fritts is a 1983 graduate from Woodward and is in his 27th year at the Academy. He has been the only head girls golf coach in the school’s history, dating back to 1998 when girls golf started in the state of Georgia. During his tenure with the girls program, they have won 16 region championships, five state championships (most recently in 2016), and have finished as the state runner-up five times. The program has produced three individual state champions and 16 college players, including one LPGA player. Coach Fritts was also the head wrestling coach for 19 years and complied 21 Region/Area titles and won the AAA State Championship in 2013. He was inducted into the Georgia Wrestling Hall of Fame and was also an inaugural member of the Woodward Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Fritts also serves as the assistant cross country coach, and has been with the program since 2007.



Kevin Greaney

KEVIN GREANEY
HEAD COACH
BOYS GOLF

Under Coach Greaney, the boys golf team won the state championship in 2013; state runner-up in 2003 and 2009; and region champ in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2015. Coach Greaney was named the 2013 Georgia High School Association Golf Coach of the Year.






JIM MINORJIM MINOR
HEAD COACH
BASEBALL







MATT HOLMES

MATT HOLMES
HEAD COACH
BOYS SOCCER (six years)

Originally from Nottingham, England, Coach Holmes enjoyed a professional career with the Birmingham City, Kettering Town, and Belper Town Football Clubs. He represented nationally with both the Nottinghamshire and English Schools Football Associations as well as the British Colleges of Sport. Coach Holmes has served as Director of Coaching for the Huntsville FC (previously Kicks FC), as Academy Director of the Atlanta Spurs, and with the Atlanta Silverbacks, winning a W-League regular season conference championship in 2012. He was named Alabama 4A Coach of the Year for three consecutive years (2006 – 2008); Georgia 3A Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014; NSCAA Coach of the Year in 2011; and NFHS National Coach of the Year in 2008. In a 10-year high school coaching career, he has led teams to eight region championships, three state championships, and four state runner-ups. Holmes also coaches at GSA in the ECNL program—the nation’s highest level of play for female youth soccer. His extensive background has garnered two publications in World Class Coaching, the world's leading magazine for soccer coaches.


Sara Elliot

SARA ELLIOT
HEAD COACH
GIRLS SOCCER

Coach Elliot is in her first year as the head girls soccer coach, having spent this past year as an assistant soccer coach as well as the middle school basketball coach. Coach Elliot came to Woodward after serving four years as an assistant coach for Mercer University’s women’s soccer team. At Mercer, she was part of the 2014 Southern Conference championship team that earned a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. During her time at Mercer, she coached 11 players who received all-conference recognition for their success on the field. Before coaching, she played four years of Division I soccer at Mercer, where she was a two-time all-conference player and won two conference championships. She graduated from Mercer with a bachelor’s degree in education and later earned a master’s degree in education. Coach Elliot is a 2007 graduate of Woodward where she played softball, basketball, and soccer, winning a state championship title in soccer. She holds a United States Soccer Federation “C” license. In addition to her coaching duties, Coach Elliot is a math teacher in both the Upper School and Middle School.


GEORGE WESTLUND

gEORGE WESTLUND
HEAD COACH
BOYS TENNIS

Coach Westlund has been coaching at Woodward for over a decade, and has been the varsity head coach since 2013. During his first year, the team won the Region Championship and were state runners-up. Since then, Westlund has led the team to the region finals and the state quarterfinals. He began with the tennis program as the JV girls coach before moving to coach the Middle School boys team for the next five years. During those years, the boys team had a record of 24 wins and only 8 losses. Westlund is focused on creating and maintaining a tennis program that is dedicated to producing competitive teams while helping students develop character and commitment to Woodward.




EILEEN MCWHORTER

EILEEN MCWHORTER
HEAD COACH
GIRLS TENNIS

Over almost 30 years, Coach McWhorter has coached various sports including softball, soccer, and girls basketball. For the past seven years, she has coached the girls tennis team, for six years as assistant coach and for one year as varsity head coach. In her first year as head coach, the team won the state championship. She has six state championship rings for coaching and was inducted into the Woodward Athletic Hall of Fame as assistant coach for the state championship 1996 girls basketball team. She loves coaching for the relationships she has shared with fellow coaches and student-athletes.




TIM HAMLING

TIM HAMLING
HEAD COACH
TRACK & FIELD

Since 2001, Coach Hamling’s teams have won one girls track and field state championship in 2014; two individual boys state championships; five individual track and field state championships; four girls cross country region championships; six boys track and field region championships; six boys cross country region championships, two state runner-up finishes; and three girls track and field region championships. Coach Hamling coached girls basketball at Woodward Academy from 1995-2001. The team won the state championships in 1996 and 1999.


Andy Pons

andy pons
HEAD COACH
boys lacrosse

Andy Pons is in his fourth year as Woodward Academy's head boys lacrosse coach. Woodward Academy's program has made the state playoffs every year since Coach Pons has taken over the program. Coach Pons has an extensive background in lacrosse being born and raised in Baltimore, MD. In addition, Andy serves as the Director of Lacrosse Operations for Thunder lacrosse, a premier club lacrosse program in the southeast. Thunder lacrosse currently has 36 teams with over 850 boys. Coach Pons graduated in 1998 with a degree in physical education from McDaniel College, where he was a three sport athlete playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. In high school Andy won the athlete of the year in 1988, was a three sport All Metro athlete and is a member of his High School Hall of Fame. Prior to taking Woodward Academy's program, Andy spent two years as an assistant coach with the Boston Cannons working under Hall of Famer John Tucker. Coach Pons has spoken at numerous coach's conventions and clinics around the country having recently presented at the US Lacrosse Georgia coaches clinic in January. Coach Pons has been married to his high school sweetheart Chrissy for twenty-seven years and has three children. His middle son, Mac, played lacrosse at the University of Maryland, where he and the Terps won the 2017 National Championship.


SID OLIVER

SID OLIVER
HEAD COACH
RIFLERY (13 years)

Coach Oliver retired from the U.S. military. During his service, he went undefeated as a light middle weight boxer. Since 1999, Woodward has participated in nine state championship matches in riflery, winning three state championships, coming in at 2nd place on one occasion, and 3rd place on another. Alumni of the program have gone on to compete on riflery teams for the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the University of Memphis.

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