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Coaching Staff

Coach Firman Walden is in his second year as Head Coach of the Green Hope track program, following several years as GH's head sprint coach.
Coach Julie Ross will be in her second season as a coach at Green Hope after coaching at East Forsyth. She serves as the girls distance coach for indoor and outdoor track as well. Julie is a former Green Hope runner herself and teaches Spanish at her alma mater.
Coach Blake Williams will be in his first year at Green Hope as the boys A Company Coach.  Coach Williams began his running career at Northern Durham High School where he earned all-state status before moving on to run at UNC-Chapel Hill and then the University of Texas.  In 2017-18 he was an assistant coach at NCSSM.  
Coach Tyrone Jones is an Assistant Coach for jumps. Jones has over 12 years of long and triple jump coaching, with stints at Cary Academy, Reservoir High School in Fulton, Maryland, and Northside High School in Warner Robins, Georgia. He is a registered USATF official in North Carolina. Jones had a successful career in the horizontal jumps at Indiana State University and in US Armed Forces competition.
Coach Caroline Moakley will be in her second season as a distance coach at Green Hope in the fall of 2018. She is also an assistant coach for the indoor and outdoor track teams. She is a former cross country runner at Green Hope and teaches English at her alma mater.

Coach Duncan Murrell is in his first year as one of Green Hope High School's men's distance coaches for cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. He is a USA Track and Field Level 2 endurance coach with experience coaching youth, high school, and independent elite athletes. He has coached several athletes to all-American performances as a coach with the Triangle Champions Track Club and the Circle City Stars Athletics Club; he’s coached and taught at Durham Academy; and most recently he taught English at Chatham Central High School, where he coached track and field and was named the 2018 Central Tar Heel Conference Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year. He's enjoyed coaching elite athletes privately through his Performance Running Group, and has been a staff coach at the Without Limits Cross Country Camp in Banner Elk.

Coach Murrell was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Rockville, Maryland. He attended Rockville High School where he was a member of state championship and state runners-up cross country and track and field teams. He went on to Cornell University where he graduated with an BA in History. He served four years as a Marine Corps artillery officer before going to Northwestern University for a master’s degree in journalism prior to a career in writing and book publishing. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Oxford American, he directed a nonfiction writing program at Duke University for five years, and recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing from Bennington College. He is a freelance writer, and lives in Pittsboro with his wife, Sherri, and his daughters Caroline and Sarah Anne.