Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

Category : CCSD

The Woodstock High School Girls’ Basketball program is welcoming a new head coach who brings State tournament experience with her.

Regina Tate-Leslie

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night appointed Regina Tate-Leslie to teach chemistry and physics and coach next school year.

“We are excited that Coach Tate-Leslie has joined the Wolverine Nation,” Woodstock High School Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said.  “Her knowledge, experience and championship pedigree will no doubt help us build upon the winning tradition of our girls’ basketball program.”

Coach Tate-Leslie earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, where she played basketball and competed in track and field and was named four times to the All ACC Academic Honor Roll, and two master’s degrees (education and sport psychology and performance enhancement).

Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, she interned as an engineer and then began her career as a teacher and coach at Holy Innocents Episcopal School, where she taught both AP Calculus and AP Chemistry.  Her coaching experience began with the junior varsity basketball team, and she then served as the assistant varsity basketball coach.

She moved on to coach Pace Academy’s teams to more than 20 wins per season, including Final Four appearances, Elite Eight appearances, Sweet 16 appearances, and the championship game of the Georgia State Tournament in 2011, where her team finished as the state runner-up.

In the last four years, she has coached and taught at both Shiloh High School and Mount Pisgah Christian School.  At Shiloh, she returned the Generals to State tournament caliber play.

Coach Tate-Leslie said she’s passionate about coaching, teaching, equity and equality, and, as one of her heroes used to say: “Make hard work your passion.”


Etowah HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Head Coach!

Category : CCSD

Etowah High School is welcoming a new girls basketball head coach for next season, and he’s a familiar face on Eagle Mountain!

Rob Graner

Longtime Etowah HS teacher and Coach Rob Graner was approved by the Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night to jump into the head coach role.

Coach Graner teaches PE and has coached several sports at Etowah HS, including the boys basketball team from 1991-1998 as the varsity assistant head coach and then serving as head coach through 2003.  Under his leadership, the Eagles achieved their first playoff appearances in school history in the 2000 and 2001 seasons, including their first playoff victory.  These accomplishments earned Coach Graner the distinguished Cherokee County Coach of the Year award for 2000 and 2001.

From 2003-2015, Coach Graner served as varsity assistant head coach for the Lady Eagles basketball team… helping lead the team to its AAAA State Championship in 2005.  Along with the honor of winning the State title, Coach Graner was named the AAAA State and Region Assistant Coach of the Year 2005 as well as the Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.

“Coach Graner knows our school, our basketball program and our community, and he cares about them all deeply,” Principal Robert Horn said.  “He’s an outstanding teacher, coach and leader, and we’re excited about how he will build upon the program’s strong foundation to reach higher successes in the future.”


Cherokee HS Names Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Category : CCSD

Samer Kaddah

Cherokee High School has named Samer Kaddah as its new Men’s Soccer Head Coach!

A World and U.S. History teacher, Coach Kaddah grew up in Kennesaw and graduated from Kell High School as a four-year soccer starter and three-year captain, who also played club soccer for NASA.

Coach Kaddah played soccer for Kennesaw State University from 2009-2012 while earning his degree in history. Upon graduation, he joined Cherokee High School’s staff as a history teacher.

“Coach Kaddah brings a wealth of background and experience to the position,” Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jeremy Adams said. “He has tremendous desire to lead student-athletes to be better players and overall people.

Coach Kaddah and his wife, Christina, are expecting their first child this spring.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to build upon a program that has already been established,” Coach Kaddah said. “We have a great group of athletes and coaches, and I think the future is very bright for Warriors’ soccer.”

Woodstock HS Names Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Category : CCSD

Pete Manderano

Woodstock High School has named Coach Pete Manderano as head coach for its men’s lacrosse program.

Coach Manderano has coached lacrosse for 12 years in Georgia, including four years at the collegiate level, and is a five-time Coach of the Year in Cobb County. The School Board earlier this month approved hiring him to teach social studies at Woodstock HS beginning next school year.

“The future is bright for our Woodstock High School lacrosse program,” Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “Coach Manderano brings the work ethic, experience and pedigree to build a championship program. We are excited to welcome Coach Manderano and his family into the Wolverine community.”

He was the first men’s lacrosse head coach at Riverwood High School, where he started its program in 2004. After two years at Riverwood, Manderano moved to Lassiter High School and, during his five-year tenure, his teams earned a record of 78-23 and competed for three State Championships (2006, 2007, and 2010). In 2006, The Trojans brought home the trophy and were notably the first public high school to win a Georgia High School Association State Championship; and he coached three U.S. Lacrosse All American players and multiple All State players.

Coach Manderano left Lassiter to start the Men’s Lacrosse Program at Piedmont College, a Division III program, where he coached four years. He returned to high school coaching at Kell High School, and just completed his second season as its men’s lacrosse head coach. During the past two years, the Longhorns have earned a record of 25-9; this past season, his team advanced to the post season earning its first program playoff win in school history.

A three-year starter on the Fairport (NY) High School football team, Coach Manderano and the team won two Section V Championships; he also played lacrosse for three years, earning the captain title his senior year. After high school, he spent two seasons playing linebacker at the University of Buffalo.

Coach Manderano and his wife, Leah, have two children, Kaitlyn, 10, and William, 6.

Etowah HS Announces Top Candidate for Boys’ Basketball Head Coach

Category : CCSD

Jason Dasigner

As part of the June 15 School Board Meeting, Etowah High School will request approval of Jason Dasigner to lead its Boys’ Basketball Program as Head Coach.

Coach Dasinger, the 2017 Class 6A Region 7 Coach of the Year, has spent the last decade as a basketball coach and AP Government teacher. This past year, his first as head coach for Alpharetta High School’s boys’ team, he led them to tie the school record for wins (25-4) and win the prestigious Deep South Classic and Region Championships … a turnaround from the previous season’s 10-18 record.

During his previous tenure coaching at Pope High School, the boys’ team made the State Playoffs for five consecutive years. In addition to coaching basketball at Pope HS, Coach Dasinger also served as head softball coach and head golf coach.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Coach Dasinger to Eagle Mountain,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting that Coach Dasinger plans to lead basketball camps this summer to get to know the team and future players. “He brings with him experience on the court and in the classroom and a passion for coaching students to succeed in both arenas.”

A graduate of Lassiter High School and the University of Georgia, Coach Dasinger and his wife, Chelsea, live in Woodstock and have two daughters, Emma, 4, and Piper, 1.

Woodstock HS Names Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Category : CCSD

Coach Jared Hughes

The Woodstock High School Women’s Basketball program has named Jared Hughes as its next head coach!

Coach Hughes, who was approved by the School Board this spring as a new health and PE teacher at Woodstock High, is head coach for Lady Wolves of Rome High School, where he has proven himself as one of the best young coaches in the state.

“We are excited for Coach Hughes to join the Wolverine Staff,” Woodstock HS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “I believe our student athletes will positively respond to his energy and enthusiasm. He has a lot to offer our program.”

In 2015, his first season as Rome High’s head coach, he led the Lady Wolves to the State playoffs, followed by a second season of 18 wins despite numerous players being out due to injury.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Coach Hughes began his teaching and coaching career at Rome High, and served as varsity assistant coach from 2011-2015. Coaching alongside Head Coach Kevin Strickland, Coach Hughes helped guide the Lady Wolves to the deepest playoff run in school history by reaching the Elite 8.

Coach Hughes said he was intrigued by the chance to coach in Class 7A, the highest classification in the Georgia High School Association, and to lead a program that is a consistent region contender and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2016.

“I am beyond excited to be joining the tradition here at Woodstock High School,” said Coach Hughes, who is married to wife, Lauren. “I have the opportunity to further an already outstanding program. I look forward to introducing my style here at Woodstock, and most importantly, forming positive relationships with our student athletes”

Woodstock HS Names New Head Softball Coach

Category : CCSD

A new head softball coach is headed to Woodstock High School!

Alex Gray, recently approved by the Cherokee County School Board as a new physical education teacher at Woodstock HS, will take over as head softball coach for the 2017-18 school year. Coach Gray brings 11 years of experience to the 7A Lady Wolverine program, including several State playoff appearances.

Alex Gray

Alex Gray

“We are excited to welcome Coach Gray aboard,” Woodstock High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “His coaching experiences and competitive nature make him a great asset to our athletic program. I look forward to him challenging our athletes and working with our team toward the goal of hanging additional championship banners for the Wolverine Nation.”

Coach Gray graduated from Valdosta State University, where he played on the school’s baseball team. Upon completion of his baseball career, he entered into coaching, serving as an assistant with the Valdosta State University Women’s Fast-Pitch program in 2002. He left to pursue a career in the corporate sector, but quickly realized coaching was his true passion.

While working to acquire his teaching certification, Coach Gray served as a community coach in the Valdosta area. He landed his first head-coaching job at Richmond Hill High School in 2008, where his team finished with a record of 15-13 and qualified for State playoffs. From there, he transitioned to the well-respected program at Lowndes High School.

With an overall coaching record of 67-34, he took his team to the Elite 8, won back-to-back region Championships (2010, 2011), was a two-time Region Coach of the Year and signed nine players to college scholarships. In 2012, his peers selected him as the Head Coach of the South All-star Team in Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Summer Softball Showcase.

In 2012, Coach Gray accepted the position of Assistant Softball Coach for the University of Connecticut for two years, followed by a year on staff at Ball State University. Although he considered the opportunity to coach at the Division 1 level an honor and a great experience, Coach Gray decided to return home to Georgia to settle down and start a family. Last year, he served as the Head Softball Coach at Oglethorpe County High School, where he led the Lady Patriots to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the school’s history.

Cherokee High School Names Interim Head Baseball Coach

Cherokee High School today named Ben Sosebee as its Interim Head Baseball Coach.

Coach Sosebee, who is in his ninth year of teaching social studies and coaching baseball at Cherokee High School, began his baseball career in Demorest, where he attended Habersham Central High School.


Cherokee High School Interim Head Baseball Coach Ben Sosebee

He went on to play baseball at Truett-McConnell College for two years and was drafted in the 36th round of the first-year player draft by the Boston Red Sox.

Coach Sosebee continued his undergraduate studies and baseball career at Kennesaw State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history education.  He later earned his master’s and specialist degrees in education from Piedmont College.

He and his wife, Brooke, an occupational therapist for the School District, live in Waleska with their two children, Emma and Bryce.