Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

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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.”


Woodstock HS Names Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

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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.

Woodstock HS Assistant Principal Inducted into Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame & Named Region’s Athletic Director of the Year!

Woodstock High School Assistant Principal Tonya Sebring has been inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame and named the Region 4-AAAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year!

Election to the Hall of Fame is considered one of the most prestigious recognitions awarded to high school and college softball and baseball coaches in the State.  This year’s inductees were recognized by the organization, the official statewide organization for softball and baseball coaches, earlier this month.  She will be honored as a Region Athletic Director of the Year at the annual Georgia Athletic Director’s Association conference in Savannah, March 24-27.

Tonya Sebring

Assistant Principal Sebring, who also serves as the school’s Athletic Director, as a player, was the first fast-pitch recruit for Kennesaw State University and a member of its inaugural fast-pitch team.  She was inducted into the 2006 KSU Circle of Honor in recognition of her leadership in the sport.

She went on to coach at Woodstock High School from the school’s inception in 1996 until 2007.  Under her leadership, Woodstock’s team won three Region titles, State runner-up in 2005 and the State 5A Championship in 2006.  Coach Sebring was named Georgia’s High School 5A Coach of the Year in 2006.

In 2008, Coach Sebring took over the Etowah High School softball program.  In her second season, she led the Lady Eagles to their first Region Championship in the history of the school’s fast-pitch program.  During her four-year tenure at Etowah HS, she led her team three times to the State playoffs, advancing to the Sweet 16 her final season.

During her coaching career, Coach Sebring served for eight years as the State Softball Chair for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association.  In 2012, Coach Sebring stepped down from coaching and entered into high school administration.

Assistant Principal Sebring will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Feb. 2, 2017 School Board meeting.