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The Williamsburg-James City County School Board has approved the hiring of Kameron Schaefer as Warhill High School’s next cross-country coach.
Schaefer, who will be replacing Meredith Tighe in the role, comes to Williamsburg from Ohiopyle, Penn., a small borough near the Pennsylvania border with West Virginia and Maryland.
A collegiate runner at Waynesburg University, a private Division III school in Pennsylvania, Schaefer has served a a middle school track coach for the past four years and has coached one year of high school cross-country at Waynesburg High School.
After having an influential high school cross-country coach, Schaefer decided he wanted to continue running once he finished with college. Coaching provided an outlet to do just that.
“Coaching was one way to still continue running, be around athletes and give back to the program and sport that meant a lot to me,” he said.
Schaefer, who will teach geography at Warhill, is coming in with limited knowledge of Warhill’s cross-country tradition, but already has big ideas he wants to bring to the Historic Triangle.
“I have a program I’m really excited to implement,” he said. “It’s focused on a lot of speed work and pace work. It’s a little more nontraditional for a lot of runners in general. I’m excited to try to adapt it to the high school level instead of the college level. It’s a program I saw a lot of success with as an athlete in college.”
The process of taking over Warhill’s cross-country program will be a quick one. Schaefer is expecting to move to Williamsburg on Aug. 8 and begin practicing with his team Aug. 10.
“It’s going to be a quick turnaround,” he said with a laugh. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I don’t know too much about the history of the program, but I’m kind of excited to carve my own path to a place that is new to me and nobody knows me yet.