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Varsity Coaching Staff

Blake Addison - Head Swimming/Diving Coach 

Blake Addison grew up about 25 minutes east of Cary, in Knightdale, swimming for New Wave. He attended Enloe High School, where he was a part of 4 Conference, 4 Regional and 3 State Championship teams. Coach Addison Attended NC State University - GO PACK!! - and studied Business Administration/Entrepreneurship. He began coaching at 15 for a TSA Summer League Team, progressing to a Wave coach as a Freshman at State, and finally to his home at TAC in March 2013. Coach Addison has helped coach and produce NCS IMX Camp, NCS Select Camp and NCS Zone Team athletes as well as State and National record holders; and was also a finalist for the 2017 ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year Award.

Coach Addison currently has former swimmers competing for their collegiate teams at William Peace University & Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Coach Blake believes in developing the total athlete, with a special focus on the technical aspects of each stroke, which “build the foundation for longevity, health and success in the sport of swimming”. Coach Addison is excited to join the Green Level Athletics family!

 

Kathryn Buckley - Head Gymnastics Coach

Kathryn Buckley joins us as the head gymnastics coach for the 2020-2021 school year. She grew up as a gymnast right here in Cary and competed through USAG Level 7. Although, she made her way to playing soccer as a goalie in middle school and played all the way through college at Mississippi State University. After moving all over the US, she returned to the triangle to open a Tumble Gym in Holly Springs. Fast forward a few years to now where she has stepped away from the Tumble Gym in order to serve as the Children’s and Youth Minister at Church of the Nativity in Raleigh. Kathryn is also pursuing dual masters degrees in Divinity School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Campbell University. Kathryn has been coaching competitive gymnastics for about 6 years. Currently, Kathryn serves as one of the head coaches for both the Xcel and Junior Team programs at Team Attraction Gymnastics in Apex. Her favorite event to coach is vault and loves watching young and aspiring gymnasts learn new skills! In her spare time, she spends time with her 3 rescue dogs, coaches CrossFit and sews! Kathryn is excited to be part of the Gator Team! 

 

Steve Colford - Head Men's & Women's Golf Coach

Green Level High School Varsity golf coach Steven Colford grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, but has lived in the Triangle since 1998. He began playing the game of golf as a freshman at Bridgewater-Raynham High School, where he was also a varsity basketball and baseball player. He took up golf in high school because he did not have a fall sport and decided to give golf a try despite never having played the game. As a freshman he failed to crack the lineup but as a sophomore he made the team, and by junior and senior year was an all conference selection. Since his high school career, he has competed in and won several club tournaments around the country. In 2005 he qualified for and competed in both the NC Amateur and Mid Amateur championships. 

Steven decided to make a career change 3 years ago after 23 years in the financial industry working for Wells Fargo and TIAA CREF. He went back to school and received his Master of Arts in teaching degree at NC State. Being the son of two public school teachers, Steven wanted to finally pursue his passion for  teaching and coaching. For the last 23 years he has coached basketball, baseball, and soccer in the community. He has a true passion for the game of golf and talks often about the impact it has had on his life. He is looking forward to working with our student athletes and helping them become better golfers and students.

 

Roger Collins - Head Cross Country Coach ~ Head Indoor Track Coach ~ Head Outdoor Track Coach 

Roger Collins grew up in Pennsylvania, and ran track in high school in cross country in college.  He then began his coaching career in Washington, DC with the DC Redwings before moving to North Carolina in 2005.  

Coach Collins then began a 12-year stint coaching cross country and track at Green Hope.  During that time, Coach Collins took on the role of varsity boys and girls cross country coach and oversaw a run of six consecutive 4A state titles for the girls team (2009-2014) and one state title for the boys (2010).  The girls teams in 2010 and 2014 advanced to Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, a race that pits the top 22 teams from across the country against one another.  Collins was also one of the head track and field coaches during that time, coaching numerous athletes to state titles and all-state finishes along with two team runner-up finishes for the girls' program.  Many of the athletes who trained under Coach Collins have gone on to outstanding success at the collegiate level, capturing all-conference and All American honors at the NCAA Division I level.

Coach Collins resides in Chapel Hill with his wife Melissa, who works as an occupational therapist at UNC, and children Naomi and Quinn. They enjoy spending their time enjoying the outdoor amenities of their community.

 

Eric Cooper - Head Men's Tennis Coach 

Eric Cooper was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he graduated from Southeast Raleigh High School. He attended North Carolina Central University where he became a scholarship student-athlete and lettered in Men’s Tennis team after walking on during his freshmen year of college. As a member of the tennis team, he garnered awards such as Tennis Athlete with the highest GPA and All CIAA Academic honors. He graduated from NCCU in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. 

After returning to school in 2007 to receive his licensure in education, Coach Cooper began teaching at Hillside High School. During his time at Hillside High School, Coach Cooper began his coaching career. During the 2009-2010 school year, he guided the Hillside Boys Junior Varsity team to a 14-2 record thereby becoming the conference champions. Between 2010 and 2017, Coach Cooper worked with the Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys basketball teams as an assistant coach. During his time as a coach within the Hillside boys’ basketball programs, he assisted the Junior Varsity to an undefeated season and helping the Varsity boys reach the semifinals of the state playoffs. 

Coach Cooper is married to Sheena Johnson Cooper and together they have two children, Tatum (6) and Banks (newborn). The Cooper family are fitness junkies. Coach Cooper is a gym rat and participates in half marathons and is currently pursuing his license in personal training. His wife, Sheena, is an indoor cycling instructor at Cyclebar Brier Creek.

 

Alexandria Connelly - Head Softball Coach 

Coach Connelly, raised in Upstate New York, was a three sport scholar athlete. She attended the State University of New York at Oswego where she graduated in 2016 with her Bachelors in Chemistry and a Minor in Health Science. 

While attending SUNY Oswego, she pitched all 4 years, leading the team in lowest era 3 of the 4 seasons. During her first year as a freshman, her team attended the SUNYAC playoffs. During her sophomore year, Alexandria was recognized as Athlete of the Week and as a senior she was chosen as a captain.

After receiving her Bachelors degree, Coach Connelly returned to SUNY Oswego for a 1 year accelorated Masters Program in Curriculum & Instruction. During this she was brought onto the University's softball team as the pitching/assistant coach.

Upon completion of her Masters, Alexandria moved  to North Carolina accepting a positing to teach at Lee County High School. During her first 2 years of teaching at LCHS she was an assistant girls varsity basketball coach, varsity cheerleading coach, and JV and varsity softball coach.

In her free time Alexandria enjoys staying active by running, weight lifting, and hiking.

 

Alston Godbold - Head Volleyball Coach

Alston Godbold (formerly Alston Kearns), is a graduate of Apex high school where she was a standout athlete and varsity letterwinner. In 2010 she captained Apex High School to a 27-0 season, 4A state championship, and a No. 9 ESPN National Ranking. She was named AVCA Under Armour All-American Honorable Mention and prepvolleyball.com All-American as a senior. After graduating, Godbold went on to compete as libero/defensive specialist at NC State. She earned a bevvy of all-tournament awards throughout her four years with the Wolfpack and finished her career at NC State in the top five for all-time digs.

Godbold started coaching at Triangle Volleyball Club in 2010.  She has helped with numerous national teams.  She helped lead 16 Black to the 16 Open championship match at AAU Junior Nationals.  This was Triangle’s first appearance in an open division national championship match along with Triangle’s highest finish at AAU Junior Nationals.

She currently is in her second year of head coaching 16 Blue at Triangle.  Alston has been the JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant at Apex High School the past two years. The Apex JV and Varsity team have won the SWAC conference the past two years.

 

Ben Goudeau - Head Football Coach

Ben Goudeau was raised in Apex, NC and graduated from Apex High School in 2008. While at Apex, Ben was a three year varsity starter and captain on the football team and a member of the 2007-2008 state runner-up basketball team. 

Goudeau began his coaching career at South Central High School as a JV and Varsity defensive assistant, working primarily with the defensive backs. Ben made his switch to the offensive side of the ball when he joined Will Orbin’s staff at Holly Springs High School (2013-2014) where he also taught in the special education department. In 2014, as both the head JV football and girls basketball coach, Goudeau’s teams went a combined 28-2. In 2015, he joined the Louisburg College coaching staff and helped the Hurricanes earn a spot in the top 15 of the national rankings for the first time in school history. They also finished the season #1 in the NJCAA in rushing offense. Goudeau has spent the last three years at Athens Drive HS as the offensive coordinator under head coach Jeremy Fullbright. During that span, the Jaguars have been one of the top offenses in the area, eclipsing 50 points six times. 

Ben resides in Apex, NC and when he isn’t coaching, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and being outdoors. He loves the community and is thrilled to be a part of the Green Level family.

 

John Green - Head Men's Basketball Coach 

Coach Green graduated from Beddingfield High School (Wilson, NC) in 1999. While in high school he played soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and tennis. He was coached by his father Lin Green during his three year varsity basketball career. He was named all-conference in four sports his senior year. He was recently inducted into the Beddingfield Athletic Hall of Fame.  After high school, Coach Green played basketball at Barton College. He graduated from Barton in 2004, amassing over 1000 points and being named a 1st team all-conference performer.  He has coached basketball for thirteen years here at Green Hope. He was the Head JV coach for 5 years  and Head Varsity coach for 9 years. His overall varsity record is 153-91. During the 2016-2017, season Coach Green led the team to a 26-6 record and a 4th Round appearance in the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs.  In 2017-2018 he led the team to their 1st conference regular season championship in school history, 3rd conference tournament championship, and 3rd round of the state playoffs.  His teams have advanced to the conference tournament championship game 6 times, most recently in the 2018-2019 season

Off the court, John enjoys spending time with his family. John and his wife Amanda have a three children, Jackson (9), Walker (6), and Kennedy (3). 

 

Mackenzie Koeller - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach 

Mackenzie Koeller is a Cary native and graduated from Green Hope High School in 2014. She was a 4-year varsity starter at Green Hope and helped the team win the 2012 State Championship for Women’s Lacrosse as a midfielder. After graduating from Green Hope, she continued her lacrosse career at Campbell University (Go Camels!) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master of Business Administration graduating in 2018. 

While at Campbell, Mackenzie played midfield for two years before transitioning to attack for her final two years. She was an NCAA Woman of the Year Award nominee, Big South Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2018, competed in the 2018 Division I Senior All-Star game, led the Big South in number of goals scored her senior year, and is recorded in the top 3 all-time scorers at Campbell. She also served as the vice-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

Mackenzie is passionate about fitness, traveling, and meeting new friends. She lived and worked in Germany for 6 months where she played on a pick-up women’s lacrosse team, raced in a half-marathon, and visited most of Europe. She loves competition and believes that team sports are an incredible avenue to build a healthy lifestyle, mental toughness, superb work ethic, and great friends. Mackenzie has coached for the Carolina Fever club lacrosse program for the past 3 years and is excited to coach at Green Level!

Garrett Kovach - Head Wrestling Coach

Garrett Kovach was raised in Ft. Collins, Colorado where he graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in 2010. He was a three sport athlete participating in football, wrestling, and track. During Garrett’s high school career he was a conference champion in football, 2nd team all-conference linebacker, two year state qualifier in wrestling and placed 5th overall in the state of Colorado.  Post high school, Garrett served a two year mission in Indiana for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Garrett attended Snow College to play football as a tightend in 2014-2015 where he helped the Badgers win the WSFL Conference and the Salt City Bowl.

In 2016, Garrett transferred to Southern Utah University where he played on the offensive line and special teams leading the T-Birds to the Big Sky Conference in 2017 and making a NCAA FCS playoff appearance. While at SUU, Garrett participated in the NFL and CFL pro-days, graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Coaching, and is currently finishing his Master’s Degree in Sports Conditioning and Performance. In 2018, Garrett’s coaching career began at Southern Utah where he joined the T-Birds staff as a graduate assistant coach who helped with the offensive line, tight ends, and special teams. He was with the SUU coaching staff from 2018-2021. Garrett and his wife Hannah moved to North Carolina in Summer of 2021 where he joined the Green Level Gators football staff as the offensive line coach.

 

Stacy Lamb - Head Women's Soccer Coach 

Born and raised in Franklin, TN, Green Level soccer Coach Stacy Lamb attended Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC, where she played soccer & basketball. She graduated from LMC in 1997 with a BA in both English Literature and Communications.

Lamb began her collegiate coaching career at Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX) from 1997-1999, when she graduated with a M.S. in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. 

In 1999, Lamb moved to Monroe, LA, to further her coaching & academic careers. Graduating with a M.A. in English Literature / Creative Writing in 2000, Lamb became the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at The University of Louisiana in 2001.

As the Head Women’s Soccer Coach from 2001-2011, Lamb established herself as one of the top coaches in the region after taking the reins of one of the country’s most promising growing programs. Recognized by her peers as one of the top coaches in the profession, she was named Coach of the Year in 2001 – her first season as a Division I head coach – by both the Southland Conference and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. During her time at ULM she also served on the NCAA Division I Rules Committee.

Stacy began coaching at Green Hope in 2015, and over the past 5 seasons the Falcons have gone 76-20-8 (0.740) and earned 5 conference championships. Lamb was named Coach of the Year all 5 seasons.

Stacy is a USSF ‘A’ Licensed coach, and a former All-American player at Less-McCrae College where her career points and assists totals are still ranked at the top. In the fall of 2006, Lamb was named to the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference All-Time Women’s Soccer Team, and in 2007 she was the first female inducted into the Battle Ground Academy Sports Hall of Fame in Franklin, TN. 

 

April Mack - Head Cheerleading/Stunt Coach

April Mack  grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from Ocean Lakes High School. While at Ocean Lakes, April was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader, able to compete at the district, regional, and state levels. April attended the University of Virginia, where she was a cheerleader for both football and basketball seasons. 

After graduating from UVA, April eventually returned to Ocean Lakes High School as a teacher, until moving to North Carolina in 2016. Since being in the Raleigh area, April has served as a social studies teacher at River Bend Middle School and Holly Springs High School. During her time at Holly Springs High, she has enjoyed successfully coaching both stunt and cheer. While at River Bend Middle, April started the school's very first cheer program. 

When not teaching and coaching, April enjoys reading, the pool, and spending time with her husband and family. 

 

Katie Pope - Head Dance Team Coach

Katie Pope (formally Katie White) graduated with a BFA in Dance Education from East Carolina University.  While there, she grew artistically as a dancer and choreographer, while also learning the ins and outs of teaching. 

Katie is from Winston Salem, NC where she attended Ronald W. Reagan High School and was captain of the Raiderettes, the school’s dance team. During Katie’s time on the Raiderettes, the team performed at football games and basketball games, along with state and national championships. As captain, Katie co-choreographed the team’s national championship routine which placed 18th overall in Walt Disney World at Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship. Katie plans to hone her dance team’s focus on Jazz, Pom, Contemporary, and Kick. Katie is excited and eager to be teaching dance while coaching the dance team at Green Level, fostering appreciation and professionalism in the field of dance. 

 

Sushil Ramchandani, AIC - Head Women's Tennis Coach 

Sushil attended Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from high school in Alberta, Canada. He completed his Physical Therapy Degree at University of Alberta. He returned back to North Carolina and received a Master’s in Health Administration at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Sushil is a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS) with the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). He is affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Society for Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)· He is also a member of the North Carolina Tennis Outreach and Adaptive Committees. He has worked with a variety of junior athletes and helped them get back to their sport. 

Sushil resides in Cary, NC. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and travelling. He is looking forward to be a part of Green Level High School Athletics.

 

Kyle Spoko, CIC - Head Men's Lacrosse Coach 

Kyle Sopko is a native of Shoreham, New York on long Island. He was a four year three sport varsity athlete in lacrosse, soccer and track. In 2007, Sopko help guide his high school of Shoreham Wading River to a New York State championship lacrosse title. Sopko recently joined Green Level from Averett University where he was offensive coordinator for the past 2 years while receiving his Masters Degree in Education. Prior to Averett he was assistant coach for Mattituck High School. While at Mattituck he was responsible for coaching the goalies and working with offense. During his time at Mattituck high school he brought his teams to back to back county title games and coached numerous All-County players including two Player of The Year candidates for Class C.

Sopko played college lacrosse  at Springfield College for a year before transferring to Dowling College to finish his three years. While at Dowling Sopko scored the overtime goal to send his team to the national championship game in 2012. That year Dowling was the division 2 national lacrosse championship after his huge semi final performance. He graduated by from Dowling with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. Sopko moves to the area with his wife Samantha, also a Long Island native, who is a middle school healthful living and PE teacher in Wake County. 

 

Deniz Solakoğlu - Head Men's Soccer Coach

In their inaugural season, the Green Level Gators competed strongly and put together eight varsity victories, despite fielding only freshman and sophomores. The 2019 season will forever be highlighted by a 2-0 victory versus Fuquay-Varina in the first ever soccer game. It was a memorable night at the Swamp and a sign of many great things to come for Green Level soccer guided by competitiveness, character and integrity. 

Prior to assuming the responsibilities as the first Head Coach of Green Level Men’s Soccer team in 2019, Coach Solakoğlu led the Green Hope Falcons Junior Varsity team to three Wake County Cup finals appearances (2016 – 2018), winning the 2016 and 2018 championships. The 2016 team compiled a dominate and undefeated record against opponents resulting in a 20-0-1 season. During that time, he also served as an assistant coach for the Varsity squad that won two Wake County Cup and two NCHSAA 4A State Titles. The 2016 championship campaign was further highlighted by a Max Preps National #1 final ranking. 

After 17 years in banking and investments, Solakoğlu entered education in 2016 as a business teacher. He has a B.S. in Business from N.C. State University and M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, FL. Additionally, he holds a National Youth-Level Coaching License through the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and is an Accredited Inter-Scholastic Coach (AIC) through the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS). 

Solakoğlu began his soccer career playing for various triangle-area clubs highlighted by a NC State Championship, USYSA Regional Championship and USYSA National Final-Four run with the U-19 Durham-Chapel Hill Strikers in 1991. While attending Apex High School, Solakoğlu was a 4-year varsity team player earning First Team All-Conference honors all four years. As a senior, he was named All-State, N.C. East-West All-Star and Tri-Six Player of the Year. He also was a part of the Olympic Development Program for four years during that time. Entering college as a top recruit, he was a member of Campbell University’s 1992 Big South Championship team. Solakoğlu went on to play at North Carolina State University where he was a three-year letter-winner for the Wolfpack. 

 

Ryan Thorpe - Head Baseball Coach 

Ryan Thorpe was raised in Albemarle, NC and is a graduate of West Stanly High School. As an athlete, he was a Varsity letterwinner and all-conference player in baseball and basketball.  As a senior, he earned All-State honors and was named Conference Player of the Year in baseball. After graduating, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a part of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship Program. While attending UNC, Thorpe was a member of the UNC Club Baseball Team, winning an NCBA National Championship in 2007. After earning a Bachelor of the Arts in History, he returned to earn his Masters in the Arts of Teaching - graduating in 2009.

After two years teaching social studies and coaching JV baseball at Bartlett-Yancey High School in Yanceyville, NC, Coach Thorpe accepted a position at Panther Creek High School in Cary, NC. He served as the Varsity pitching coach from 2012-2018 under head coach Dan Hall and also served as a head coach to Panther Creek’s summer baseball programs. This past season, Thorpe served as the head coach of the Panther Creek JV team.

Coach Thorpe resides in Raleigh with his wife Heather, who works as an attorney. They have two children - a daughter, Charlotte (5), and a son, Hayden (1). 

 

Firman Walden, CIC - Head Indoor Track Coach ~ Head Outdoor Track Coach 

Firman brings 30+ years’ experience as an Elite Athlete, Championship Coach and successful Personal Trainer. Firman is a 2-time High School State Champion in the 110HH, at Overbrook High in Pine Hill New Jersey, as well as a member of their State Champion 4x400 meter relay team. The records Firman set as a senior at Overbrook in 1986: 110HH – 14.0… 400IH – 53.49… 4x400 meter relay – 3:17.69 remain unbroken to this day. Firman then attended UNC-Chapel Hill on an athletic scholarship in Track & Field and majored in Physical Education. After graduating, Firman began his High School coaching career as the Hurdle Coach/Assistant Sprint Coach under legendary Coach Roy Cooper at Apex High School. From 1990-1995 with Firman’s help, Apex became the dominant Track & Field program in what was then the Tri-6 Conference. In 1997, Firman joined the Cary High Track & Field team as the Sprint/Hurdle Coach and the Imps enjoyed tremendous success. Fall of 2002, Firman was promoted to Boys Head Track & Field Coach at Cary High.

After the 2005 season, Firman retired from Coaching in order to continue to build his Personal Training career. Though he retired from coaching, the coaching bug never left him. In 2010, Firman was given the opportunity to help rebuild the Green Hope Track & Field program which had come down from its heights of the mid 2000’s. Since joining GHTF in 2010, just about every school record at Green Hope Track & Field has been broken, across all disciplines. Since 2010, Green Hope Track & Field has produced one of the most competitive programs in the state. Producing more than 16 All-Americans, 3 State Champion Teams, 2 State Runners Up and three 3rd Place Teams. Throughout his coaching career, Firman has helped produce many individual State Champions, a State Meet MVP, multiple Conference MVPs along with many athletes who have gone on to compete in Track & Field on the collegiate level.

He was voted Conference Coach of The Year in 2004, 2005 & 2013. In 2018, Firman was voted North Carolina Boys Track & Field Coach of The Year by the U.S. Cross Country Track & Field Coaches Association.

 

Ben Woolf - Head Women's Basketball Coach 

Coach Woolf graduated from Kirkwood High School (St. Louis, MO) in 2001. While in high school he played football, basketball and baseball. Coach Woolf was 2nd team all conference linebacker in football and honorable mention guard in basketball his senior year. 

After high school, Coach Woolf played football at Missouri State for one year, then  transferred to Westminster College, where he played four years of football and two years of basketball. Coach Woolf graduated from Westminster College in 2006, where he then began his coaching career. 

Upon graduation from Westminster College, Coach Woolf  returned to his high school alma mater serving 11 years as football coach, where teams went to three state championships, winning in 2012 and 2016. He also served six years as the men’s basketball team coach and three years as the women’s  basketball team assistant coach. The three years Coach Woolf served with the women’s basketball team they went to the state championship twice, winning in 2016. In 2018 Coach Woolf moved to North Carolina  where he accepted a teaching and coaching job at Athens Drive High School here in Wake County.  In the 2018-2019 season Coach Woolf served as the Assistant Varsity Coach for the men’s basketball team finishing the season as conference champions.  

For the past two years Coach Woolf has served as an assistant to Coach Green on the Men’s Varsity team. The last two years he has served as Coach Goudeau’s Varsity Defensive Coordinator position, where in their 1st year playing a JV schedule won the conference. Coach Woolf is also a teacher in our CTE department here at Green Level High School. Off the court, Coach Woolf enjoys spending time with his family, working out and hanging out with friends.