Coaches


Meet our Coaches: Excellence in Action

Eagle Character starts with our Coaches. Each are experienced and successful in their sport, but more importantly, are excellent role models for our students on and off the field, understanding how to manage team dynamics while bringing out the best person and player from each team member.

Varsity level coaches work closely with families and Oakwood Athletic Directors to tap the possibility for play at the college level.

Kris Arnold

Varsity Girls and Boys Golf; Varsity Girls Basketball; JV Boys Soccer


Day Job:

Middle School Math Teacher The Oakwood School; Executive Director of Horizons at The Oakwood School

Playing Experience:

  • High School Varsity Golf 2002-2005
  • Number 3 Member and State Qualifier as a Junior and Senior
  • East Carolina Club Golf Team (Vice President) 2006-2009
  • Top 2 Qualifier
  • Played in 30+ competitions throughout college career
  • Won the Campbell Invitational in 2007
  • Top 3 Medalist in 7 other events
  • Carolina Golf Association Competitor
  • Compete yearly in 5-10 events throughout North Carolina
  • Current Golfing Member and Board Member at Ironwood Golf and Country Club
  • Commission a group of 24+ weekend golfers
  • Play each weekend


Coaching Experience:

  • Assistant to the Pro at Endwell Greens Golf Club 2004-2007
  • East Carolina Club Golf Vice President and Individual Instructor 2005-2009
  • Oakwood Golf Team 2016 & 2017
  • Christian Youth Organization Basketball Coach
  • Oakwood JV Boys Basketball Coach 2016-2017
  • Oakwood JV Boys Soccer Coach – 2015-current
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Andrew Baer

Middle School Boys Basketball


Day Job:

Middle School Social Studies Teacher at The Oakwood School

Playing Experience:

  • Bowdoin College (2007-2011)
  • Offensive Tackle/Guard for Varsity Football Team
  • Academic All-NESCAC
  • Landon School (2003-2007)
  • Varsity Football Lineman
  • All-Conference Defensive Lineman (2006)
  • Varsity Track and Field
  • Competed in Shot Put and Discuss events
  • Top Shot Put Thrower for program during Senior Year
  • Basketball


Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood School (2016-present)
  • Head Middle School Basketball Coach
  • Assistant Varsity Cross Country Coach
  • Hampton Roads Academy (2015-2016)
  • Assistant Varsity Football Coach (Offensive and Defensive Line)
  • Assistant 7th and 8th Grade Basketball Coach
  • Assistant Track and Field Coach (Throwers)


Other:

CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Ashley Blackmer

Varsity Girls and Boys Cross Country


Day Job:

4th/5th Grade Science Teacher, Lower Middle School Division Coordinator

Playing Experience:

  • 2000-2004 High School Varsity Swimming (Distance Freestyle, Backstroke, Freestyle Relay), 2004 Co-captain
  • 2007 Directed 5K Race Fundraiser for Florida Wildlife Hospital
  • 2008 Won 1st place in Age Division in Running Zone 2007-2008 Race Series

Coaching Experience

  • 2017- The Oakwood School Cross Country
  • 2011- AMR 5/6 year old Cheerleading squad
  • 2006-2008 - Stretch-N-Grow of Brevard County (Elementary School Cheer and All-Sports Coach)

Andrew Bures

Varsity and JV Girls Tennis; Varsity and JV Boys Tennis


Day Job:

Tennis Pro in Pitt County

Play Experience:

  • 1983-1985 Number one player at Bishop England High School
  • Team 39-1 (1983-1985)
  • State 3AAA Championships 1985
  • Conference Champions 1983-1985
  • High School All American Nominee State South Carolina 1985
  • 1988 NJCAA All-American


Coaching Experience:

  • Level USPTA Teaching Professional
  • Tennis teaching professional 1988-2017
  • Tennis Professional Litchfield CC and Wild Dunes Resort (two of five top tennis resorts magazine in the US)
  • Current tennis professional at Greenville Country Club and Ironwood Country Club
  • Oakwood Tennis
  • 2011-2016 Boys Conference Champions
  • 2014 Boys State Champions
  • 2015-2016 Boys State Runner-up
  • 2016-2017 Boys State Champions

Darren Dawson

Varsity Girls Soccer


Day Job:

Lawyer at Dawson & Albritton, P.A. in Greenville, NC

Playing Experience:

  • Campbell University (1985-1988)
  • Big South All-Conference & All-Tournament Honors
  • Campbell University Team of the Decade Honors (1980s)
  • Various clubs in Florida during youth
  • AAU National Champions, Brevard Rangers, Florida (1984)


Coaching Experience:

  • PGSA Club (1999-2014)
  • Presidents Cup State Champion, Region III Champion, and 3rd Nationally in 2009
  • NC State Cup Finalist in 2012 and semi-finalist in 2011
  • DH Conley High School Boys Soccer (1994-1998)
  • Coastal Conference Coach of the Year in 1997
  • The Oakwood School (2016-current)


Other:

  • USSF Certified Referee (1997-2014)
  • NCHSAA Certified Referee (1999-2014)
  • NCAA Certified Referee (2000-2008)
  • NCHSAA Regional Supervisor of Officials (1999-2014)
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Amy Gardner

Varsity Softball; Middle School Volleyball


Day Job:

AD/Teacher/Coach at The Oakwood School

Playing Experience:

  • Barton College softball (1994-1997)
  • All Conference 4 years
  • All south Softball 1997 as utility player (catcher/1st/3rd)
  • Farmville Central softball, volleyball, and track and field
  • All Conference Volleyball
  • All Conference Softball
  • All Conference/Individual State Champion Track and Field


Coaching Experience:

  • 1997-Current Softball Pitching instructor
  • Rockets Softball travel team Coach
  • Pitt Co. Girls Softball League All Star World Series Coach
  • Oakwood Volleyball Coach
  • 3 Conference Championships
  • 3 Conference Tournament Championships
  • 1 NCISAA Runner-Up
  • Oakwood Softball Coach
  • 5 Conference Championships
  • 2 NCISAA State Championships
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Kendall Ham

Varsity Boys Basketball


Day Job:

Basketball coach and individual player development specialist

Playing Experience:

  • 07-08 Most Outstanding Player – High School 1A basketball state championship
  • Two years of junior college at Pitt community college


Coaching Experience:

  • 2 years head boys basketball coach at the Oakwood School
  • Assistant Coach for girls in Mexico and Australia: the Mexican club won the championship of their league, Team Logan of Australia fell short in the semi finals


Other:

  • Trained all levels of players, from recreation basketball players to NBA players.
  • Holds a basketball camp for kids every summer age 6-13 for 2 weeks

Brandon Hodges

Middle School Girls Basketball


Day Job:

P.E. Teacher/Coach at The Oakwood School

Playing Experience:

  • Little League
  • Hertford County HS
  • Babe Ruth
  • American Legion Franklin Va.
  • Lenoir Community College 1yr


Coaching Experience:

  • 22 Years Coaching
  • Little League and Pony League Ahoskie NC All Stars
  • AAU Virginia Cannons (1 state Title)
  • 3 yrs Assitant baseball coach at Hertford County HS
  • 1 yr Head Coach at Hertford County HS
  • The boys had the best season in the history of the program going 17-5
  • in 2003. (Region 1 Coach of the year)
  • Pitching Coach at Pitt Community College
  • Pitching Coach at South Central HS
  • Head Coach Ridgecroft (Coach Of the Year 2010)
  • Assitant coach American Legion Post 39 (Won State Title in 2005)
  • Pitching Coach at The Oakwood School
  • (State Runner Up 2015)
  • (State Title 2016)
  • *8 years of Basketball Coaching experience
  • JV and Varsity Boys basketball Ridgecroft
  • (Coach of the year 2010)
  • 1-Jv Regular Season Conference Champs / Tournament Champs
  • 1-Varsity Tournament Championship


Other:

CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Ginny Howard

JV Girls Volleyball


Day Job:

Textbook Brokers

Playing Experience:

  • Started playing volleyball in 7th grade
  • 4 years of club
  • 2 years JH Rose Varsity, 2009 State Championship
  • 2 years Pitt Community College
  • All-Conference and All-Tournament team for Region X
  • Barton College - 3 years
  • Jack McRae Collins Sportsmanship Award
  • Captain
  • Barton Student-Athlete Leadership Academy


Coaching Experience:

  • 6 years ECJVC
  • Head Coach Oakwood JV and Varsity Assistant 2016 - current


Other:

CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Anna Lurito

Varsity Girls and Boys Swimming


Day Job:

The Oakwood School Spanish teacher, Yearbook coordinator

Swimming Experience:

  • Indy Dolphins Club Team (1997-2002)
  • Greenville Swim Club (2002-2008) (now ECA)
  • NC State Club Swim (2010-2013)


Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood Swim Coach (2013-present)
  • Boys placed 2nd overall in conference 2016, 2017
  • East Carolina Aquatics (April 2017-present)
  • Age group coach
  • Senior coach


Other:

CPR / First Aid / AED Certified / Lifeguard / USA Swim Member

Tom Marsh

Varsity Girls Volleyball


Day Job:

Retired psychology instructor at PCC - 32 years. BA and MA in clinical psychology from ECU

Sports Experience:

  • East Carolina University Varsity basketball 1972-75


Coaching Experience:

  • Volleyball Coach at Pitt Community College 2000-2002, 2009-2012.
  • Club volleyball coach 2002 through 2016
  • Youth league basketball and softball coach 1992-2000
  • Oakwood 2014 – State Champions


Other:

CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Axel Smith

Varsity Boys Baseball


Day Job:

Senior Property Manager at Cooke and Associates

Playing Experience:

  • Greenville Little League, Prep League, Babe Ruth, American Legion
  • JH Rose
  • NC Wesleyan
  • Semi-Professional


Coaching Experience:

  • 19 Years Coaching
  • Greenville Little League
  • AAU Greenville Hurricanes
  • South Central High School
  • Dirtbags Showcase
  • The Oakwood School (2012-current)
  • NCAA Div III National Title at NC Wesleyan
  • 2 AAU State Titles
  • 1 AAU National Title
  • Oakwood 2015 State Runner Up
  • Oakwood 2016 State Champions

Drew Weaver

Varsity Boys Soccer


Day Job:

Oakwood Upper School Humanities Teacher

Playing Experience:

  • Cascia Hall High School 2006-2009
  • Starter 4x (2006-2009)
  • 4AState Champion 3x (2006, 2007,2008)
  • Captain 2x (2007,2008)
  • All State Selection (2009)
  • Club: Tulsa Thunder Soccer Club 2001-2009
  • Region III Southern Regional Premier League State Representatives


Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood Men's Varsity Coach - 2015-current
  • Overall Record 35-14-1
  • NISSAA Sate 1A Runner Up 2015


Other:

CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

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