Jamestown High Seeks to Replace Athletic Director, Football and Boys Basketball Coaches

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Don Samuels is retiring as the athletic director of Jamestown High School. (file photo)
Don Samuels is retiring as the athletic director of Jamestown High School. (file photo)

The Jamestown High School athletic department looks much different than it did 48 hours ago.

During a Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools work session Tuesday, the school board approved the retirement of Jamestown athletic director Don Samuels and the resignation of football coach Rodney Redd and boys basketball coach Geoff McCulloch.

Samuels has served as the athletic director of Jamestown High since 2010 and filled various roles in Grafton High’s athletic department for nearly eight years before that.

The list of personnel actions from Tuesday’s WJCC Public Schools work session indicates Samuels is retiring from his position effective July 1.

Neither Samuels nor Jamestown principal Dr. Catherine Worley could be reached for comment.

McCulloch, who was hired by Samuels last year, is leaving Jamestown to accept the Warhill High head boys basketball coaching position that became available after Justin Hayes stepped down in March.

For McCulloch, who posted a 10-12 record in his one season at Jamestown, the decision to make the switch from Jamestown to Warhill was motivated by family.

“My daughter is a student at Warhill and mostly this is a decision to keep myself in the loop as far as my daughter is concerned,” he said about his decision. “My son is going to come through [Warhill] as well at some point down the road. It’s just a family-motivated move.”

Geoff McCulloch will become the new boys basketball coach at Warhill. (file photo)
Geoff McCulloch will become the new boys basketball coach at Warhill. (file photo)

McCulloch, who will also teach social studies at Warhill, said his decision to move on from Jamestown after one year was not an indictment on the school’s athletic department or overall quality.

He also said the timing of his resignation, as well as the retirement of Samuels and the resignation of Redd, was simply a coincidence.

“I think there’s a feeling out there that there’s some sort of larger indictment on Jamestown. It’s simply kind of a confluence of events,” McCulloch said about the turnover within Jamestown’s athletic department.

“I had no intention on leaving here after a year, but family comes first. I have no issues from a teaching or basketball standpoint. Simply my motivation is elsewhere. I don’t think the turnover is a reflection of the school necessarily.”

Jamestown’s boys basketball team won a quarterfinal matchup against Powhatan in the Conference 19 tournament under the direction of McCulloch and featured two All-Conference selections in junior Connor Swain and sophomore Mason Wang.

McCulloch was not the only coach to leave Jamestown for family reasons.

Three months after being hired, Rodney Redd is stepping away as Jamestown's head football coach. (file photo)
Three months after being hired, Rodney Redd is stepping away as Jamestown’s head football coach. (file photo)

Redd, who was hired as Jamestown’s head football coach in January, also cited family as the reason for rescinding his acceptance of Jamestown’s employment offer.

Both Redd and his wife, Karen, were scheduled to begin teaching at Jamestown next year, but have decided to remain in the Charlottesville area for undisclosed reasons.

“Due to circumstances surrounding recent developments in our personal situation, it is in the best interest of my family to remain in the Charlottesville area in the near future,” Redd said in his resignation letter. “Over time we may be able to disclose more information but for now we ask that you please respect our privacy.”

Jamestown will now begin searching for a new coach to lead its football team, which is coming off an 0-10 season with a roster that featured eight upperclassmen, all of whom were seniors.