Coach Jill Gardiner was born and raised in Cary. She graduated from Cary High School where she played several sports: soccer, tennis, swimming, cross country, and track and field. She eventually earned a full soccer scholarship to NC State University where she earned All-American status. While playing for the US Women’s National Team she sustained a career ending soccer injury. This is when her attention turned to long distance running and triathlons. After starting in mechanical engineering at NCSU, Jill earned a degree in Social Work instead (NCSU 1995). She then went on to earn dual Master degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Mathematics and Secondary Education (1998). While earning her Master degrees she also began teaching and coaching at Garinger High School, in Charlotte. While at Garinger she taught history and coached women’s soccer, men’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field (1996-1998). After Garinger, she taught and coached at Concord High School. While at Concord she coached cross country, track and field, soccer, tennis, swimming, volleyball and basketball.
Coach Gardiner has earned several honors while teaching and coaching. In addition to being named Teacher of the Year twice, she has also been named conference coach of the year multiple times for different sports (men’s cross country, men’s tennis, men’s soccer, men’s track and field, women’s tennis and women’s soccer). She was also been honored as the County Coach of the Year a few times. She has coached numerous Conference Championship teams, Regional team winners and several individual state champions.
In 2017 Coach Gardiner returned home and has taught mathematics at Green Hope since. 2019 will be her 2nd year on the Green Hope cross country and track coaching staffs.
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 Julie Ross will be in her 3rd 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.
Caroline Moakley spent most of her childhood in Cary, NC, and graduated from Green Hope in 2006. While at Green Hope she caught the running bug and competed in both cross country and track and field. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on full academic scholarship as a Chancellor’s Carolina Scholar and graduated in 2010. After a gap year that included an internship in Cape Town, South Africa, and cycling 3,835 miles from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Francisco, California, Coach Moakley made the decision to pursue a career in high school education. Coach Moakley completed her Master’s in Teaching at North Carolina State University while racing bikes at both the collegiate and semi-professional levels; her collegiate cycling career included two top-ten finishes at the Collegiate Cycling Nationals Road Race in 2012 and 2013 and a podium in the Individual Time Trial in 2013. After three seasons of semi-professional racing, Coach Moakley stepped away from competitive cycling in 2016. This is Coach Moakley’s 7th year of teaching English at Green Hope and her 3rd year of coaching both cross country and track and field. She enjoys traveling with her husband, cooking, running, cycling, and watching sports in her free time. She is proud to be a Falcon.
Rett Summerville is in his 4th year as the pole vault coach at Green Hope. He’s a former 16’ high school vaulter, Division I scholarship athlete with over 10 years of pole vault experience and is an NFHS certified pole vault coach.