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Coaches

Baseball

Head Coach - Mark Marsala

Professional Experience:

  • 29 Years of High School Coaching Experience
  • 19 Concurrent Years as a High School Athletic Director, in the State of Florida

Certifications:

  • CAA – National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association

FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) Experience:

  • 7 Years Section Appeals Committee
  • 5 Years Board of Directors (2013-2014 - Chairman of the Operations Committee)
  • 2 Years FHSAA Representative Assembly

Education Experience:

  • Masters in Physical Education
  • B.S. in Business Management

“With focus and integrity, I have worked diligently over the past 29

years, to ensure that high school sports are safe, fair, and most importantly

a positive experience for our school communities.”

Assistant Coach - Elliot Gonzalez

Assistant Coach - Ridge Dulitz

Assistant Coach - Mike Miller

Boys Basketball

Varsity Head Coach - Bill Carufe

Mr. Carufe has a wealth of experience teaching, coaching, facilitating sports camps and clinics, and with managing facilities, planning, curriculum design, book consultation and writing program philosophy. Bill currently focuses his energy as a faculty member and Director of Basketball Operations at Seacrest.

Prior to moving to Naples, Coach Carufe was an elementary physical education teacher, assistant football coach, JV baseball coach and varsity basketball coach for 14 years in upstate New York. He moved to Naples in 1998 and was employed by Gulf Coast High School as a physical education teacher, assistant football coach and junior varsity basketball coach. During his tenure at Gulf Coast High School, he was named Gulf Coast High School Coach of the Year, Gulf Coast High School Teacher of the Year and Collier County Public School High School Teacher of the Year. Click here for more

Assistant Coach - Jim Kelleher

Assistant Coach - Mike Sheffer

Mike Sheffer grew up near Albany, New York and played basketball at Oswego State University. He was an educator for over 30 years as an International Baccalaureate business teacher and Dean of Students. He is currently a Board Member and Education Coordinator for FoolProof, a non-profit organization that partners with local credit unions to develop Business Education Financial Literacy for schools all over the United States.

Mike began his coaching career in 1986 and was an assistant coach for five years for Coach Carufe in the Ithaca New York area at Spencer–Van Etten High School. He later went on to be an assistant coach at Cornell University and Corning Community College. He also Coached Varsity Boys Basketball at Corning East High School for twelve years and Girls Varsity Basketball at Corning East for four years. After Corning East High and West High consolidated, he returned to Boys Basketball as an assistant for five years.

Junior Varsity Head Coach - Nahum St. Fort




Boys Middle School A - Michael Karp

Michael is a University of Mississippi graduate and currently a Middle School and Upper School math teacher at Seacrest. He has been the Middle School coach at Seacrest since 2016 coaching Middle School golf and baseball. Karp also coaches travel basketball teams for Florida Elite Southwest.


Boys Middle School B - Tyler Turner

Tyler Tuner is a recent college graduate from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, TN. Tyler graduated from college with honors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Education in Sport Management and is returning to school to earn his teaching certification. Turner moved to Naples, FL after an internship with Sports CLUB Naples and interned under Coach Carufe. Currently Tyler is a full-time substitute teacher in Collier County Public Schools. During his summers in college he operated a basketball program and a camp in Maine. Turner coaches travel basketball for Florida Elite Southwest.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Head Coach - John Wholihan

Coach Wholhan is a native of Staten Island, New York and is a retired NYC Fireman. He began coaching high school basketball in 1996 as the first boys coach at Michale J. Petrides School in New York City. He was the equipment manager for all Division 1 teams at Wagner University from 1997-2002. Additionally, he assisted the Wagner Men’s Basketball team under both Derek Wittenberg and Mike Dean. He moved to Naples and was Boys Varsity Assistant at St. John Neumann from 2002-2009 and he took over the Varsity Boys team there from 2009-2014. His teams made the state playoff five consecutive years during his head coaching tenure at Neumann. He has been at Seacrest since 2016 as the interim boys varsity coach in 2016-17 and the girls varsity coach from 2017-present.

Varsity Assistant - Meghan Richards

Middle School - Tyler Turner

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Girls and Boys Varsity - Nick Pohl

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

Boys and Girls Golf

Varsity - David Morgan

Middle School Co-Ed - Michael Karp

Michael is a University of Mississippi graduate and currently a Middle School and Upper School math teacher at Seacrest. He has been the Middle School coach at Seacrest since 2016 coaching Middle School golf and baseball. Karp also coaches travel basketball teams for Florida Elite Southwest.


Middle School Co-Ed - Christina Brown

Christina came to Seacrest first as a parent in 2013. She joined the Athletics Office as the Assistant Athletic Director, and in 2014, she was appointed the Varsity Girls soccer coach.

Athletically, Christina played soccer at the collegiate level as a center midfielder for four years. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont.

Christina's approach to life and coaching is to have four main goals: always demonstrate sportsmanship, work hard, maintain your discipline, and always remember to appreciate the world around you.

Sailing

Varsity Co-ed - CC Cramer

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

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.

Click here to read his full bio.

Middle School - Genio Spano

Girls Soccer

Varsity - Dr. Antonio Balson

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

Christina came to Seacrest first as a parent in 2013. She joined the Athletics Office as the Assistant Athletic Director, and in 2014, she was appointed the Varsity Girls soccer coach.

Athletically, Christina played soccer at the collegiate level as a center midfielder for four years. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont.

Christina's approach to life and coaching is to have four main goals: always demonstrate sportsmanship, work hard, maintain your discipline, and always remember to appreciate the world around you.

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

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

Head Coach - Gregg Cross

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.

Click here to read Gregg's complete bio.

Assistant Coach - Scott Yeoman

Assistant Coach - Christian Steinwarz

Assistant Coach (Diving) - Troy Kahles

Boys Tennis

Varsity Boys Tennis Coach - LouAnne Fischer


Girls Tennis

Varsity Girls Tennis Coach - Antonio Balson


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.

Track and Field

Varsity Co-ed - Nick Pohl

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




Assistant Coach - Mario Mendoza

Volleyball

Varsity - Jan Class

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. Click here for a full bio on his volleyball experience.

Junior Varsity - Yamil DelValle

Middle School Co-Head Coach - Tyra Turner




Middle School Co-Head Coach - Patricia Daugherty

Trainers

Athletic Trainer - Julie Bigelow ATC

Julie Bigelow has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Seacrest since 2013. 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. During her playing career, she was the recipient of the Coaches Award and Pitcher of the Week for the Commonwealth Conference.

Julie graduated in December 2017 with her masters in injury prevention and rehabilitation science from California University of Pennsylvania. She holds certifications as a corrective exercise specialist and as a performance enhancement specialist.

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 now lives in Bonita Springs with her fiancé, Mike. In her free time she enjoys playing co-ed softball, going to the beach and kayaking.

Strength and Conditioning - Mario Mendoza