Like shipbuilding and the civil war, renowned athletes are endemic to the Peninsula’s heritage. Have been for more than half a century.

And with locals such as Will Lamb (York High) and Jake Cave (Kecoughtan) going early in this week’s Major League Baseball draft, that tradition may well continue.

But as Old Dominion’s hiring Wednesday of Newport News native Karen Barefoot to lead its women’s basketball program reminds, the Peninsula produces a remarkable number of college and professional coaches.

With contributions from Daily Press institution Sonny Dearth, here’s a list of locals coaching at the highest levels. Please alert us to any omissions.


Georgetown’s Terri Williams-Flournoy (Phoebus High)

Radford’s Tajama Abraham Ngongba (Kecoughtan)

Howard’s Niki Reid Geckeler (Phoebus)  

Georgia director of basketball operations La’Keshia Frett Meredith (Phoebus)

ODU’s Barefoot (Menchville)


Notre Dame assistant Anthony Solomon (Warwick)

Notre Dame assistant Rod Balanis (Williamsburg native)

Holy Cross’ Milan Brown (Kecoughtan)

Shenandoah’s Rob Pryor (Tabb)


Baltimore Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby (Tabb)

Western Kentucky’s Chris Finwood (Hampton)


VMI assistant Greg Harris (Tabb)