New Coaching Additions
As the athletic program continues to grow at CDS, Athletic Director Baker Mabry is excited to announce some key coaching additions to the track and field program. Coach Lisa Haag who took over as Head Coach last year and Shane O’Conner the Strength & Conditioning Coach will be joined by middle school teachers Tom Bronson and Jennifer Stanley. They will be coaching throws and distance respectively. In addition, former USF pole vaulter, Zoe Harper, will join the staff as the jumps coach.
“I am very excited to add three quality coaches to our track program this season. Coach Haag is a very passionate and dedicated coach who has brought a lot of energy to the program. She has worked hard to help grow the program by starting an intramural track program for the elementary age kids as well as helping out with the middle school program. Coach Bronson and Coach Stanley are incredible additions and will further enhance a program that has been on the rise. As a recent collegiate jumper, Coach Harper will add a great dynamic and perspective. Last year CDS track broke 18 school records and with one senior having graduated last year, I am looking forward to another incredibly successful season!” said Baker Mabry.
Lisa is entering her third year as part of the Track & Field program at CDS. In addition to her role as Head Coach for Track and Field, she is also the Yoga/Mobility Coach for the upper school athletic teams. “I feel very fortunate to use my skill sets to contribute to the growth of the athletics program here at CDS; however, in order to grow the Track and Field program we needed to find additional talented, passionate, and invested coaches,” Lisa said.
“I was very familiar with Tom’s success as a coach through our middle school league. He came into his former program as a throws coach and went on to take over the program as head coach winning dozens of league championships and breaking many records. He has over 20 years coaching experience and continues to learn and innovate. We are very fortunate to have him.”
“Jennifer built a program at an independent school in North Carolina. She took both her Cross Country and Track & Field teams to the NCISAA state championships where they placed 4th and 2nd. She was named the Cape Fear Independent Coach of the Year. She also has an extensive educational background with multiple advanced degrees that contribute to her success as a coach.”
Lisa met Zoe Harper while working with one of her mentors in Jacksonville, Zoe’s former coach. “I was immediately impressed with her professionalism and charisma. She is finishing up her degree at USF, where she pole vaulted and still holds one of the top 25 high school women’s pole vault heights in the state of Florida. In addition to PV she has also competed in Long Jump, Triple Jump, and 100mH, so she is a perfect addition to our coaching team.” Zoe will also be working in the CDS aftercare program as well as assisting Coach Lisa in the Intramural Programs
Shane O’Conner will retain his role as Strength & Conditioning Coach. “I feel very strongly about the importance of a sound strength and conditioning program in Track & Field. Our athletes spend about one quarter of practice with Coach Shane because teaching strength for speed and injury prevention needs to be directed by an educated Strength & Conditioning Coach. Coach Shane has a MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition and I have complete trust in his programming for our athletes”.
“What I find amazing about the team of coaches we have this year is that we each have knowledge of all events but get to focus on the event groups in which we have the most experience and are the most passionate about. Additionally, having coaches that are involved at CDS, working with students and athletes of all ages, creates a unique opportunity to build the program like never before.” Go Patriots!