Middle School Athletics
In our middle school program, we give students a chance to participate on 8 different interscholastic sports teams. The 2015-16 school year marks our 13th year of middle school athletics.This year is our fourth year in the Western Piedmont Athletic Association (WPAA). To find out more about the WPAA, click here.
Vicky Arrington, Varsity Volleyball, Athletic DirectorBeing an avid volleyball player and professional, I currently direct the Woodlawn volleyball program. Serving as both Head Varsity and Head Middle School Coach over the past five years, I focus on harboring an organized program, with structure, discipline, conditioning and positional training. My passion for the sport and coaching, coupled with my dedication, helped push Woodlawn School Volleyball program into a highly competitive HS team and an aggressively developing MS team. In addition, I also serve as the Athletic Director at Woodlawn School.
Dwayne Bowman, Varsity Cross Country, Track and FieldI love sharing my passion for running and racing with Woodlawn students - I’ve coached the varsity cross country and track teams for 8 years. Woodlawn’s 61-acre campus provides many different running areas for our athletes, and I particularly like the wooded trails that provide some needed shade during the hot months of early fall and late spring. Coaching Philosophy: Keep pushing for the next PR (personal record). Favorite Runner: Steve Prefontaine Best Part of Coaching Cross Country/Track: Watching athletes continue their running careers in college and beyond.
Karen Bowman, Middle School Cross CountryI've been running competitively most all my life — from middle school all the way through college. I now run for fun (and the gear) and enjoy sharing that passion with newbies. After taking a few years away from coaching at Woodlawn, I am most excited about returning and bringing back the Golden Banana, Brown Demon repeats, and the end-of-season Wink Ceremony (watch out 8th graders). Coaching Philosophy: Work hard, stay humble, and keep getting faster! Favorite Runner: Joan Benoit-Samuelson Best Part of Coaching Cross Country: Saying the words "beep beeps" to my runners and watching their faces drop. Hint: it's the name of a very special workout.
Jacquelyn DeBellis, Middle School Girls Basketball
I am very excited about the upcoming season and getting started! I recently came from coaching JV Girls basketball at Hough High School. I coached there for 3 years and finished my last season with them undefeated. I played basketball in High School in Phoenix Arizona, where I grew up and have had a love for the game since I was a little girl.
My focus for coaching is to have fun, build confidence and grow to love the game.
Hahna Hayden, Middle School VolleyballMy name is Hahna Hayden. I started playing volleyball in the 8th grade and I have played and/or coached since. I am a setter and a right side hitter. I graduated from Converse College in 2009, where I walked on to the school's Division II volleyball team my Freshman and Junior years. I have coached club volleyball for many years and am currently coaching for Crossroads Volleyball Club in Statesville. I believe in making hard work fun. A sport should inspire passion. As a coach, I try to make sure my players remember that and can answer the following: why are you here, and where do you want to go?
Albert Perkins, Varsity Basketball
Albert is a former scholarship athlete at the NCAA Division II and Division I levels. He started as a freshman at DII Mars Hill College and lettered his final three seasons as a starter at DI North Carolina A&T State University. Perkins was named a MEAC Honorable Mention player with averages of 12 points per game, 5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, along with 1.5 steals per game.
After college he played as a European professional in France, England, Czech Republic, Wales and the Developmental League to the NBA.
Albert has experience coaching players of all ages and skill levels. He has coached top level youth basketball for over ten years. Albert has also coached Varsity Boys Basketball at Hope Christian Academy in Kings Mountain, NC; at Cannon School in Concord, NC and most recently as the Head Boys Varsity Coach at Christ The King Catholic High School in Huntersville, NC. Albert’s teams saw improvement over each of his three seasons as head coach at Christ The King.
Albert believes in teaching basketball fundamentals, player development and team concepts. His favorite coaches are Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
Thomas Rocca, Middle School Co-ed SoccerSoccer has been and continues to be an important part of my life. My youth teams showed me how special it is to belong to something greater than myself; playing in high school I learned the value of perseverance and dedication despite overwhelming odds; and today, soccer reminds me that it is ultimately there for players and fans to enjoy--a beautiful, global game that connects people from all backgrounds. My 'philosophy' ties together these experiences. I want every player to feel a powerful connection to the team and, accordingly, to come to practice wanting to make not only themselves, but also everyone around them better. This feeling cannot be summoned out of the blue; however, it must be developed through tribulation, triumph, and, most importantly, enjoyment.
Jackie Royce, Varsity SwimJackie begun her swimming career at the age of 4. She swam year round at a club team, neighborhood in the summers, and on her high school swim team. She earned the Female Athlete of the Year award for Virginia Independent Schools. Jackie qualified for high level swim meets in high school, such as, Junior National and Ultra Swim. Jackie received an almost full swimming scholarship to the D1 university, East Carolina. There she held the 500 freestyles school record and won a conference championship. In the summers while attending ECU, Jackie was a beach lifeguard in Corolla, NC. She was a lifeguard for seven summers, saving many lives. She also helped create the junior lifegaurding program, which still runs today, to help educate and teach beach and water safety. For 7 years, Jackie coached at the YMCA the winter and summer swim teams. Jackie has experience teaching lifesaving skills, art and swimming to a wide range of age groups; babies all the way up to adults.
Chris Van Amburgh, Varsity Boys SoccerI grew up playing soccer year round in the northeast, and this formidable experience helped me develop the person and coach that I am today. As a member and two year captain of the Fitchburg High School soccer team I developed a strong sense of the game, and the team components that can lead to success. After high school I continued to play soccer at the collegiate level for Division III Springfield College, in MA. After college I took a break from the sport to pursue other athletic endeavors. I am honored to be again involved with the great sport of soccer and at the helm of the Woodlawn men's varsity soccer program as it enters it's second year.