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Maggie Walker Coaches 

Our coaches are very important to the success of the program. Our athletic department spends countless hours hiring coaches that best represent the values of our school. Being a smaller school, most of our coaches are hired from outside the educational community. They often have professional careers and families of their own, yet their passion for being leaders in their sport and of young men and women is what brings them to Maggie Walker..

Athletic Director - Paige Hawkins -
Paige Hawkins is the Department Chair, Health, Physical Education, Driver's Education. She coaches girls Field Hockey at Maggie Walker. Coach Hawkins was the Colonial District Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2011.


Girls Volleyball Varsity - Tony Dee - After being an All-District performer for 3 years in volleyball at Western Branch High in Chesapeake, VA, Tony Dee came to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth and graduated with a BS in Biology. He is now in his 7th year as the head coach of the Girl’s Varsity Volleyball team. He has been named District Coach of the Year for the past 2 seasons as well as Regional Coach of the Year last season. He has also spent time working with the VCU women’s team, Diamond Juniors Volleyball Club, Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club, and Mid-Atlantic Volleyball Club. In his spare time, Tony enjoys playing sports, attending concerts, eating good food, and spending time with his wife, Cristina, and 2 dogs, Maxine and Lola.
Girls Volleyball JV - TBD

Boys and Girls Cross Country - Jim Holdren - Coach Holdren has been coaching cross-country and track for 50 years. He began his coaching career at William and Mary while he was still a cross-country runner on the team and led the team to the Southern Conference title and a 17th place finish in the NCAA Championships. He was the first Virginia high school track coach to be selected to coach a USA National team in international competition and has served on 6 national team staffs. He has compiled 1,465 wins in high school coaching, including a 16-year undefeated streak in girls outdoor track. His teams have won 92 district titles, 47 regional titles and 8 state championships. He has coached 10 national record holders, 61 All-Americans, and 115 state champions. Coach Holdren has received over 45 Coach-of the Year awards including the 1988 NHSACA National Girl’s Track Coach of the Year, the 2006 NHSACA National Girl’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, the 2007 NHSCA National Girl’s Track Coach of the Year, and the 2010 USATF/Gill National Girl’s Track Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Virginia High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993 and the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006. He was honored in 2005 by having the new track & field facility at the Maggie Walker Governor’s School named the “James G. Holdren, Jr. Track & Field Facility.
Boys and Girls Cross Country - Ryan Webb - Ryan was an All-State runner at Lee-Davis High School, in Mechanicsville, VA. before taking his running talents to Virginia Commonwealth University where, along with receiving his Master’s Degree in Teaching Secondary Mathematics, he captained the Ram’s to very competitive finishes in both Cross Country and Track and Field in the Colonial Athletic Association. Ryan begins his third year as an assistant coach, working with Cross Country in the fall and the distance runners and high jumpers in the winter and spring. In his first two years with the program he has coached several All-State and All-American distance runners, as well as the 2010 Girls Cross Country squad that took 2nd at the AAA state championships. Ryan also coaches for the Richmond Track and Field Club in the winter and spring. This year he adds a teaching position in the math department to go along with his coaching position

Girls Field Hockey Varsity - Paige Hawkins -  Coach Hawkins started the field hockey program at the Governor's School back in 1993, while the kids were still residing at TJ High School and has been the head coach ever since.  Paige grew up in Virginia Beach and attended VCU.  In addition to coaching, she is the school's Co-Activities Director, and teacher of Health, Physical Education and Drivers Ed.   In her spare time Paige can be found cycling, practicing yoga or relaxing near the water.

Girls Field Hockey JV - Gina Adler

Boys and Girls Golf - Nancy Ramsbottom, LPGA Professional, is a first year coach for Maggie Walker.  Coach Ramsbottom graduated from University of Texas in 1984 where she played on the Women's Golf Team for four years.  She is a 16 year veteran on the LPGA Tour, 1985-2000. Nancy is an Instructor at Hunting Hawk Golf Club in Glen Allen, VA
Boys Volleyball Varsity - TBD

Boys Volleyball JVDave Reichert - Dave played for the UVA Men’s Volleyball club team and played at the AA level in the USA Volleyball league after graduating. He established and coached the Brandywine Youth Club Middle School Instructional Volleyball League (in Pennsylvania) and has coached for the Diamond Juniors and RVC Volleyball clubs. He is in his third year coaching for MWGS


John Paul “JP” Gates
Wrestling - Don Blanton   Don came to the Governor's school in 96' and started a wrestling  club, and in 99' we became a team.  Don focuses a lot on a strong foundation of basics and conditioning.  He is always excited to get new wrestlers, and believes it's never too late to start. Whether you weigh 90lbs or 300lbs there is a place for you. The majority of new wrestlers will start off with a mix of Varsity and JV matches. One of our favorite tournaments is up at Massanutten Military Academy where we always stop off afterwards for snow tubing and a good old fashion snowball fight.  In his time outside of school Don stays very active with his wife and boys; scouting, coaching baseball, kayak fishing, and having fun where ever he can.

Boys Basketball  -
Parker Kirwan

Girls Basketball - Carlton "Speedy" Baughman - This will be "Speedy's" 4th year at Maggie Walker. He coached AAU for 8 years  for James River and has coached both girls and boys middle school basketball.  He has been coaching for 25 years. In the summer , he is pool manager at Atlee Recreation. During school year he is an aide in a multi cat room (autism). He loves the beach and enjoys playing gold. His favorite team is the Washington Redskins.

Girls Indoor Track - Jim Holdren (see details above)

Boys Indoor Track - Jim Holdren (see details above)


Girls Tennis
Mike Anderson
Boys Tennis -

Girls Soccer VarsityIan Kelley - Ian is a 2003 graduate of Powhatan High School and former player of the Richmond Strikers Soccer Club.  He attended Virginia Military Institute until having shoulder reconstruction at which point he moved to Richmond, VA and opened an award winning restaurant, catering company, and microbrewery.  He and former Jamaican National Player Gregory Simmonds recently opened their own training facility near Short Pump (Own Touch) and together run the Greater Richmond Futsal League.  Ian is also the Vice President of the Central Virginia Soccer Association.

Girls Soccer JV  -
Dave Hillgrove 

Girls Softball - Randy Darnell

Boys Baseball -
Meade Lanhorne                                                          
Boys Soccer Varsity -
Chad Porter
Boys Soccer JV -
Stew Wisnowski

Boys Outdoor Track - Jim Holdren (see details above)

Girls Outdoor Track - Jim Holdren (see details above)