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Coaches

Baseball

Varsity Mark Marsala - mmarsala@seacrest.org

Assistant Coach - Elliot Gonzalez

Assistant Coach - Ridge Dulitz

Assistant Coach - Mike Miller

Boys Basketball

Varsity Head Coach - Bill Carufe

Assistant Coach - Jim Kelleher

Assistant Coach - Mike Sheffer

Junior Varsity Head Coach - Nahum St. Fort

Boys Middle School A - Michael Karp

Boys Middle School B - Tyler Turner

Girls Basketball

Varsity Head Coach - John Wholihan

Varsity Assistant - Meghan Richards

Middle School - Tyler Turner

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Girls and Boys Varsity - Nick Pohl, npohl@seacrest.org

Nick has been coaching and teaching history at Seacrest since 2010, with one team District championship, nine individual district champions and five State finalists between both sports. Nick was named Seacrest's chair of the history department in 2015.

He is an accomplished and avid runner. He ran cross country for his high school and was a member of his schools's first team to ever make it to State finals. Nick has completed seven half marathons with a PR of 1:32:17 and is training for his first full marathon this summer.

Middle School Co-ed - Andy Beights, abeights@seacrest.org

Boys and Girls Golf

Varsity - David Morgan , david.morgan@raymondjames.com

Middle School Co-ed - Michael Karp, mkarp@seacrest.org

Sailing

Varsity Co-ed - CC Cramer, sailfaststx@gmail.com

CC has been the sailing coach since 2014, when Seacrest introduced sailing as a varsity sport.

Coach Cramer grew up on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. She began sailing and racing at a young age. CC moved from St.Croix to Florida to sail for Eckerd College. After college, she joined the Naples Community Sailing Center as an instructor and currently works there, providing instruction to sailors ages 8 and up. CC manages and coaches the high school teams affiliated with NCSC.

Boys Soccer

Varsity - Paul Williams, willospyder@aol.com

Before becoming a coach, Paul Williams enjoyed a 12-year career as an English professional footballer. After retiring due to injury, Williams has been involved with colleges and schools all over the world. He has helped develop and mentor players of all ages to achieve a greater understanding and awareness of the game.
Williams is currently DOC of Florida Fire Juniors, the largest youth nonprofit soccer program in the Naples area.

Accomplishments
League Cup Winner’s medal Manchester United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (1990 Rumbelows Cup)
Championship League Promotion l 1990/1 Sheffield Wednesday
Championship League winner’s medal 1993/4 Crystal Palace
England B 2 Caps
England U21 6 Caps (Four goals)

Certifications
US Soccer National Adult license
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma
NSCAA Level 2 Diploma FA Level 2
FA Emergency Aid Course
Child Protection Workshop
FA Laws of the Game

Middle School - Genio Spano

Girls Soccer

Varsity - Dr. Antonio Balson, abalson@seacrest.org

Born in Madrid, Antonio was always involved in soccer. After playing at the collegiate level at Bentley College, he coached both boys and girls soccer at Milton Academy and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, both in Boston. He also established the Romance Studies Department Community Soccer Program while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Middle School - Christina Brown, cbrown@seacrest.org

Softball

Co-Head Coach - John Kruk

Seacrest parent and ESPN analyst John Kruk is the head coach of the Lady Rays varsity softball team. Kruk, a former major leaguer who played for four years with the Padres, five years with the Phillies and his final year with the White Sox, looks forward to coaching the girls and says his goal is to build the program. Kruk coached junior varsity baseball during the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 school years. He stresses that his coaching style is about encouraging his players to improve, helping them learn from their mistakes, identifying talent, and rewarding hard work. We can't wait to watch the Lady Rays play next spring under Coach Kruk's leadership.

Co-Head Coach - Jaclyn Traina, jtraina@seacrest.org

Born and raised in Naples, Jaclyn Traina is returning to her roots and joining Seacrest Country Day School as Co-Head Coach of the Varsity softball team and a Lower School Teaching Assistant (images below). Traina comes to Seacrest following a decorated softball career that includes professional leagues in the United States and Japan, four years as a pitcher on the USA Softball National Women's Team, and an NCAA Division I Softball Championship with the University of Alabama.

Assistant Coach - Paul Sladick

Assistant Coach - Rob Platt

Swimming and Diving

Gregg Cross - coachgregg55@aol.com

Gregg Cross, a former race director for the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and two-time race director for the USA Swimming World Trials, is a respected fixture in the local, national and international swim community.

Cross is on the USA Open Water Swimming National Steering Committee and the Zone Representative for the Southern Zone of USA Swimming, in charge of safety and planning. As the National Governing Body for the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member organization comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team. In 2006, he was awarded the Glen S. Hummer Award, given annually by USA Swimming to the individual who makes the greatest contribution to open water swimming.

In 1987, Cross established Swim Florida Cape in Cape Coral, where he helped develop several senior and junior national swimmers. In 1996, Cross was promoted to head age group coach for Swim Florida where he stayed until 2010. In 2010 Cross joined the Gulf Coast Swim Team as an age group coach and Event Coordinator, focusing on the USA Open Water Festival Events and USA National Championship and World Trials. In 2015, he will be Race Director for the 2015 Open Water Olympic Trials, and Crippen Cup event, both held at Miromar Lakes in Lee County.

Cross retired last year from a 33-year-long career as a physical education teacher at Bonita Springs Middle School. He has coached swimming at Mariner High School, Estero High School and Cape Coral High School, and was named the Lee County High School Coach of the Year twice.

A triathlete and an open water swimmer, Cross has completed the 12.5-mile Swim Around Key West three times, the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, and numerous others open water swims.

Assistant Coach - Scott Yeoman

Assistant Coach - Christian Steinwarz

Assistant Coach (Diving) - Troy Kahles

Boys Tennis

Varsity - LouAnne Fischer


Girls Tennis

Varsity - Antonio Balson, abalson@seacrest.org


Track and Field

Varsity Co-ed - Nick Pohl, npohl@seacrest.org

Nick has been coaching and teaching history at Seacrest since 2010, with one team District championship, nine individual district champions and five State finalists between both sports. Nick was named Seacrest's chair of the history department in 2015.

He is an accomplished and avid runner. He ran cross country for his high school and was a member of his schools's first team to ever make it to State finals. Nick has completed seven half marathons with a PR of 1:32:17 and is training for his first full marathon this summer.

Assistant Coach - Andy Beights, abeights@seacrest.org

Assistant Coach - Mario Mendoza, mmendoza@seacrest.org

Volleyball

Varsity - Jan Class, jan.class.jc@gmail.com

In 2013, Jan Class came to Seacrest as the junior varsity and assistant varsity coach. He assumed the role of head coach during the 2013 district tournament . The team, under his coaching, went on to win the 2013 Class 2A State Championship, the first volleyball state championship for any school in Collier County and the first state championship for Seacrest. In the fall of 2014, he joined the community as a parent. Jan went on to take the 2014 varsity team back to the state tournament. Jan has an extensive background coaching volleyball all over the world that spans more than 25 years. See below for a full bio on his volleyball experience.

Volleyball Coaching Experience and Achievements

Puerto Rico Women Volleyball Professional League - Federation Tournament

  • Vaqueras de Bayamon, Assistant Coach, 2005
  • Chicas de San Juan, Head Coach, 2003 and 2004
  • Gigantes de Carolina, Head Coach, 2002
  • Leonas de Ponce, Head Coach, 2001 and 2002** Head Coach of the Year of the League Award (2000)
  • Chicas de San Juan, Assistant Coach, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1999 *Championship of the League in 1993
  • Pinkin de Corozal, Assistant Coach, 1996, 1997, 1998 *Sub-championship of the League in 1995 and 1998
  • Puerto Rico National Team Women Program, Assistant coach of Alejandro Roman, 1994, 1995, 2004
  • *NORCECA tournaments in Mexico and Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico Men Volleyball Professional League – Federation Tournament

  • Caribes de San Sebastian, Assistant Coach, 2002
  • Playeros de San Juan, Assistant Coach, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Plataneros de Corozal, Assistant Coach, 1996
  • Playeros de San Juan, Assistant Coach, since 1990 to 1994

Club Experience in Puerto Rico:

  • Borinquen Coqui Volleyball Club
  • Poncevoli Volleyball Club,
  • Bucaplaa Volleyball Club
  • Gigantes of Arrevica Volleyball Club

Most relevant tournaments results as Borinquen Coqui Coach

  • South California Volleyball Tournament 2012 – 1st Place in gold bracket (boys-14)
  • Guaynabo Pitirres Fund Tournament 2012 – 1st Place (boys-14)
  • Puerto Rico Jeep Volleyball Championship Convention Center 2012 – 3rd Place (boys-14)
  • Power League Volleyball Championship 2012 – 3rd Place (boys-14)
  • Puerto Rico Volleyball Championship Convention Center 2011 – 1st Place in silver bracket (boys-14)
  • PR Jeep Volleyball Championship Convention Center 2011 – 4th Place in gold bracket (boys-20)
  • Anaheim Volleyball Tournament June 2010 –1st Place in gold bracket (boys-15)
  • University of Villanova Invitational Tournament 2010 – 3rd Place (girls-15)
  • Puerto Rico Volleyball Championship 2009 – 3rd Place in gold bracket (boys-15)
  • USA Volleyball Championship Juniors Olympic 2009, Atlanta, Ga. – 2nd Place in gold bracket (boys-14)
  • PR Volleyball Championship Convention Center – 1st Place (boys-16)
  • Puerto Rico Volleyball Championship 2008 – 2nd Place in gold bracket (boys-16)
  • Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation Championship 2008 –1st Place (boys-16)
  • USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Championship 2008, Atlanta, Ga. – 2nd Place in gold bracket (boys-15)
  • USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Championship 2008, Atlanta, Ga. – 2nd Place in gold bracket (boys-14), Asst. Coach
  • South California Volleyball Tournament, America Sports Center 2006 – 3rd Place in gold bracket (boys-15)
  • USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Boys Championships 2005, Kentucky – 2nd Place in gold bracket (boys-16)
  • AAU Junior National Volleyball Championship 2005, Chicago – 1st Place (boys-16)
  • USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Boys Championship 2004, Texas – 3rd Place in gold bracket (boys-15)
  • USA Volleyball Championship Junior Nationals 2002, New Orleans – 5th Place (boys-16)
  • Asics JR Volleyball Championship Chicago 2000 – Bronze Medal (boys-17)
  • Tampa Qualifier Volleyball Tournament 2000 – 5th Place Girls 16
  • Asics JR Volleyball Championship Chicago 1997 – Bronze Medal (boys-16)
  • Gigantes Carolina Arrevica Volleyball Club

Certifications/ Memberships:

  • Level I- International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Certified;
  • Emergency Management Institute of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA Certified
  • Complete CPR/AED
  • Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Member
  • Florida Region USA Volleyball Member
  • American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Member

Additional Acheivments

Coach of the Year nationwide, granted by the Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation Professional League (2000)

Junior Varsity - Yamil DelValle

Middle School Co-Head Coach - Tyra Turner, tturner@seacrest.org

Middle School Co-Head Coach - Patricia Daugherty, pdaugherty@seacrest.org

Trainer

Julie Bigelow ATC - jbigelow@seacrest.org

Julie Bigelow is in her second year as head athletic trainer at Seacrest. Julie graduated in 2012 with her B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of New England, where she was also a varsity softball player for four years. She was the recipient of the coaches award and pitcher of the week for the Commonwealth Conference. Since graduating, Julie has worked as an athletic trainer for the Summerside Storm, Fort Myers Miracle, Red Sox Fantasy Camps, Roy Hobbs Tournaments, and Perfect Game. She grew up in Montpelier, Vt., but has called Florida her home since 2013.

Trainer, Strength and Conditioning

Mario Mendoza - mmendoza@seacrest.org