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Track and Field Coaches

Patrick Parsons

Head Coach, Track and Field

(910) 987-1003

Coach Parsons has a B.S. in Social Sciences from Campbell University (2004), a Master of Education from Troy University (2010), an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from GCSU (2012), and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (2017).  He has been teaching and coaching for thirteen years.  Coach Parsons ran track and cross country in high school and college, and he was awarded the Cross Country Coaches Award at Campbell University from 2001 to 2004.  Additionally, he was named the MDJ’s Track Coach of the Year in 2017.

Coach Parsons is married to Kelli Parsons, and they have one daughter, Savannah.  Coach Parsons finds inspiration from Bill Bowerman who said, “The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart.”

Matthew Desjarlais

Girls Track and Field Coach

Alex Holmgren

Boys Track and Field Coach

(678) 477-1638

Dawn Neely

Assistant Coach, Track and Field

Coach Neely has a B.S. in Human Services Counseling and an M.S. in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a certification in School Counseling from the University of West Georgia.  She has been a school counselor for twelve years.  In high school, she competed in track (hurdles) and basketball.

Coach Neely has one son, Tyler, who is an eighth grader at Durham Middle School, and she views her grandmother as her mentor.  Coach Neely finds inspiration from the quotation:  “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards.  When life is dragging you back with difficulties, just imagine that it’s going to launch you into something great.”

Alison Osborn

Assistant Coach, Track and Field

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