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Varsity Coaching Staff

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

 

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.

 

Ryan DeGeeter - Head Wrestling Coach 

Ryan DeGeeter grew up in Davenport, Iowa. He wrestled through middle school as well as in high school at Davenport West High School. While in college, he also competed in the University of Northern Iowa’s intermural wrestling tournament securing wins over several state place winners. 

Coach DeGeeter has coached on various levels throughout his 6-year teaching career at his alma mater West High School. In 2016, he was the kids club coach, coaching 5 – 14-year-olds at various local and state level tournaments throughout Iowa. In 2017-2019, Coach DeGeeter was the head assistant coach at West High School coaching JV and varsity athletes throughout the state of Iowa including the prestigious Iowa State Wrestling Championships. 

Coach DeGeeter also coached his younger brother, Jared, who wrestled at the University of Northern Iowa at various local, state, and national tournaments throughout the country during his high school career. 

Coach DeGeeter is moving to the Cary, NC area this summer with his wife, Olivia, her two cats, Nala and Ralphie, and he is excited to be adding a Lab puppy to their house this summer as well. When he is not coaching, he enjoys watching wrestling, the Chicago Cubs, and anything the University of Northern Iowa. He is a math teacher at Green Level High School and is thrilled to be a part of the Green Level family. Go Gators!

 

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). 

 

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. 

 

Mike Robinson - Head Women's Basketball Coach ~ Head Men's Golf Coach ~ Head Women's Golf Coach

Born in Graham, North Carolina - Mike graduated from East Carolina University in 1987. He has been teaching and coaching for over 30 years. During his time coaching women's basketball he amassed more than 200 wins and coached his teams to 6 conference championships, including a NCHSAA 4A state-runner up finish in 2010. In 2010, Robinson was also named North Carolina Women's Basketball Coach of The Year. 

As a both a men's & women's golf coach, Mike has been part of 8 conference championships and won numerous conference and regional coach of the year awards. In 2014, he led the Green Hope women's golf team to there 1st NCHSAA 4A State Championship in school history. In 2017 he led the Green Hope Men's Golf team to a NCHSAA 4A State Runner-Up finish. 

At Green Level, Mike will teach in the Healthful Living/PE Department. 

 

Deniz Solakoğlu - Head Men's Soccer Coach

Born in New York City, raised in Cary, North Carolina; Deniz began his soccer career playing for various triangle-area clubs highlighted by a national final-four run with the U-19 Durham-Chapel Hill Strikers. While attending Apex High School, Solakoğlu was a 4-year varsity team player earning First Team All-Conference honors all four years. Eventually, he was named All-State, N.C. East-West All-Star and Tri-Six Player of the Year. His playing career continued onto the colligate ranks where as a Freshman was part of Campbell University’s 1992 Big South Championship team. Solakoğlu concluded his playing career at North Carolina State University where he was a three-year letter-winner. 

After 17 years in banking and investments, Deniz joined Green Hope High School in 2016 as a Business teacher and coach. While at Green Hope (2016-18), Coach Solakoğlu led the Junior Varsity Boys team to three Wake County Cup finals appearances, winning the 2016 and 2018 championships. During that time, he also assisted the Varsity squad winning two Wake County Cup and two NCHSAA 4A State Championships. Coach Solakoğlu 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 and is pursuing further licensing. He enjoys spending time at the NC coast with family and friends and supporting Wolfpack sports.

 

Samantha Tickle - Head Gymnastics Coach

Samantha was born and raised in Cedar Grove, NJ.  She was a competitive gymnast with the Montclair Starlettes for 8 years.  Throughout high school she ran Varsity Track and volunteer coached elementary school Track & Field.  She went on to attend Meredith College and graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science.  Samantha has been coaching gymnastics for 10 years and currently coaches at TAG in Apex.  

Samantha coaches several local high school teams in the area.  During her time as a coach she has won numerous Tri-6 Conference Coach of The Year Awards & won a State Championship in 2018 with Green Hope. 

In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her 2 German Shepherds, Wesley and Remington.

 

Firman Walden - 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.