Koa Founder and COE (Chief of Everything!) Coach Tony is a local boy, born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended Walt Whitman High School where, as a senior, he was a Washington Post All Met selection as a pitcher/outfielder.¬† Coach Tony went on to play ball at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he holds the single season ERA record with a meager 1.39.¬† Coach Tony also played for the Northwood‚Äôs League Champions Madison Mallards. When he‚Äôs not on the field, Coach Tony enjoys surfing, and is a 12 handicap with his sticks.
Mindi is our Director of Parent Relations, but she could also be called the Director of Getting Everything Done!¬† She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Marketing. Following college, she was a Sales Associate for Horizons Unlimited¬†for 10 years. She is now the cheering mother of three children – 1 Whitman student and 2 graduates! Mindi resides in Bethesda, MD with her husband, Evan. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.
¬† ¬†Brenda Chambers¬†
Assistant Athletic Director Brenda Chambers graduated from Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC) in 2008 with a bachelor‚Äôs degree in Physical Education and a minor in Strength and Conditioning. While at Methodist she played soccer for the Monarchs. Her team appeared in two consecutive NCAA sectional tournaments and won two conference championships. Brenda received the Sportsmanship Award and made the USA South All Tournament team her senior year. In her free time, Coach Brenda continues to play soccer, slow pitch softball and flag football.
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Assistant Athletic Director & Director of Recruiting Kelly O’Donnell is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in Communication and Public Relations. She‚Äôs a six-time UMD Intramural Champion in various sports, as well as a three-year starter for UMD’s club softball team. She also served as President of the Terps Club Team in 2011.
In high school, Kelly lettered in Field Hockey, Softball and Basketball her freshman year and went on to captain the Softball and Basketball teams. In hoops, she earned All-Area Honors her sophomore through senior years and led the team in rebounding. On the softball field, Kelly was a 4-year starter, earning All-Area nods for 3 consecutive years. During her final years on the team, she led the county in home runs, batting average and RBIs. She also spent her summers playing travel ball with the Pocono Pride, earning several tournament MVPs. Coach Kelly loves being on the field and is excited to share the enthusiasm with Koa athletes!
¬† ¬†Chad Abernathy¬†
Director of Baseball, Coach Abernathy entered his first season with Koa on the heels of a successful playing career, and with 6 years of coaching experience on various levels. During his playing career, he was twice named an All-American, played for the NJCAA Team USA in Beijing, China during the summer of 2004, and played professionally for the UVV Red Lions of Utrecht, Holland. He currently holds 8 hitting records for Truman High School in Independence, Mo, and received scholarships from The University of Alabama and Oklahoma State University while studying health and human performance. He began coaching at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Mo, where he served as a hitting coach, strength and conditioning coordinator, and assisted with the recruitment process. Following Maple Woods, he served as a skill development coordinator for the European Baseball School and the Royal Dutch Baseball Federation (KNBSB) while serving as a private trainer for youth in the Kansas City metro area during the off-season.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some amazing organizations around the world. My goal is to develop players, in hopes they may have a similar experience in this great game, while preparing them for success off the field.”
Coach Julie is Koa’s Female Athletic Director. She attended Hartford High School in Vermont where she lettered in soccer, ice hockey, and softball. She earned All-State honors in both soccer and hockey, as well as All-League honors in softball.¬† Julie also captained all 3 teams her senior year. While in high school, she was invited to the USA Hockey development programs and competed for Team Vermont.Julie went on to attend Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and graduated in 2011 with a BS in Sports Management. She continued to compete in many sports recreationally and also coached soccer at a local school during her time in Connecticut.When Julie isn‚Äôt coaching and working as Koa’s Female Athletic Director, you can find her playing golf and tennis when she can. You can be sure she also makes time to follow ALL Boston sports ‚Äî she‚Äôs a huge fan!
Meet Patrick Lyman, Asst. Athletic Director. Through childhood and into high school in Upstate, NY, Patrick excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. As a senior he earned Conference Honors in both football (at QB) and baseball (as pitcher). He led the Albany Academy Cadets to a State Football Championship appearance. After graduating from the Albany Academy in 2007, Lyman went on to attend the University of Tampa where he earned a degree in Sport Management. At Tampa, he continued to stay active playing all three sports while also becoming involved in sports administration. Patrick has interned with the University of South Florida Sports Marketing Department and Game Day Operations for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. He has also worked for NBA Fit and NBA Cares.
Coach Patrick has a deep passion for athletics and for helping others and he truly believes in the values that sports can help young people learn both on and off the field. Competitive, but humble, Patrick is the type of guy who will help push you to become the best player and person that you can be!
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Koa Assistant Athletic Director Marty¬†Marty was a member of the Varsity Baseball team at Walt Whitman
High School in Bethesda, MD. After graduating in 2007, Marty went on to study Marketing and Digital Media at Juniata College (Class of ’11) where he played 4 years for the Juniata Eagles as a right handed pitcher.
Marty was part of Tony‚Äôs very first baseball team with Koa‚Äôs predecessor, Next Level and played in the organization for many years. Now that he has retired from playing, Marty has moved onto coaching Koa teams and helping to teach young athletes the same skills that he learned through the Koa system!
Koa’s Assistant Business Development Director Lauren attended Virginia Tech where she received a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Consumer Studies.¬† She has over 5 years of experience working in marketing and business development and has focused on youth sports over the last several years. While at VT,¬†Lauren served as Vice President of the Women‚Äôs Rugby, earning MVP honors during her sophomore year.¬† In high school, Lauren was an All-District Cross Country runner and MVP of the girls‚Äô varsity team.¬† She is now a USA Track & Field Level 1 Running Coach and enjoys coaching beginner running groups.¬† Lauren also loves snowboarding and practicing yoga in her free time.
Coach Dave comes to Koa by way of PA, where he played Varsity baseball at Salisbury Senior High School, PA. As team captain in 2004, he helped lead the team to a PIAA District XI Championship. After HS, Dave played 2 seasons at Lehigh Carbon Community College, PA, served as team captain both years, and was named to the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference All-Tournament team in 2007. After LCCC, he transfered to Shepherd University, where he played for a year before landing at Frostburg State to finish his Bachelor’s degree. ¬†He stayed busy during the summers as well, playing in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League for the Putty Hill Panthers–he was even named a member of the 2009 MCBL All-Star team! Dave was an Assistant Coach while at Frostburg, and is happy to be back to coaching youth with Koa Sports! When he’s not coaching, you can find Dave out on the field (getting his own playing time in!) or studying to finish his Masters Degree in Education!