skip navigation

Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Andy Swiston

 

 

 

 

Education: Completed a grad degree in economics several years ago—it was a great feeling to be done! 

Running Experience: Coach Swiston ran competitively at the Division I level at Valparaiso University.

Years Involved with FHS: He is in his third year as head FHS cross country coach and is also an assistant track and field coach.

Other Favorite Activities: Reading the Bible and spending time with family (my wife Kristen and 5 kids).

List church and/or youth group you’re involved in: Member of Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Why do you want to run/coach XC? Coach Swiston seeks to help kids grow in both pursuing Christ and becoming competitive athletes. He sees cross country as a sport where every athlete can improve no matter their starting point and enjoys developing a positive team dynamic where everyone encourages and spurs on one another. The highs and lows along the way are great reminders of our need to look to Christ for identity and satisfaction—a principle God drove home in coach’s own running career.

Longer-term, I hope this season will help the athletes grow to enjoy running and keep it up as a lifelong source of enjoyment and fitness.

Anything else you want us to know? He and his wife Kristen have two sons and a daughter on the team, a son who ran before graduating, and a younger daughter.

Assistant Coach

Zekarya Garcia

 

 

 

 

Education: I was homeschooled my whole life until I graduated from High School.

Running Experience: I ran Cross-country in high school, and I was an assistant coach for this team last season.

Years Involved with FHS: Four years as an athlete and one as a coach.

Other Favorite Activities: I enjoy fishing, playing video games, and playing basketball.

List church and/or youth group you’re involved in: I go to Arlington Baptist Church.

Why do you want to run/coach XC? I want to help and encourage athletes to improve their skills and strength as runners, competitors, and leaders in ways that bring glory to God.

Anything else you want us to know? I enjoy working with the coaching staff and athletes and I will work to be as helpful as I can for them both.

Assistant Coach

Greg Ridlington

 

 

 

 

Education: I have a BM in music from the University of North Texas and a MM from the New England Conservatory.

Running Experience: I discovered the joy of running for it's own sake in my mid 30s when I got the "marathon bug". Before recovering, I ran 6 marathons, including the Boston marathon the year of the bombing. I was self coached and read lots about how to improve and experimented on myself.

Years Involved with FHS: I have been involved with FHS for three years.

Other Favorite Activities: I love to read, cycle, and play and listen to music.

List church and/or youth group you’re involved in: I am a member of Del Ray Baptist Church and have been for over 10 years.

Why do you want to run/coach XC? I love helping kids grow both spiritually and physically through running.

Anything else you want us to know? I am a saxophonist in "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.

Team Manager

Nancy Lee

 

 

 

 

Running Experience: No previous experience.

Years Involved with FHS: Two.

Other Favorite Activities: Hiking, reading, eating pastries.

List church and/or youth group you’re involved in: Immanuel Bible Church.

Anything else you want us to know? Looking forward to another great season. Go Hawks! Cacaw!

Trainer

Joe Schaefer

 

 

 

 

Cross Country Experience: I volunteered unofficially in 2022/23 for FHS's XC and Track/Field teams. I served as an assistant coach for Cross Country and Track/Field 2016-2019 at Copenhagen International School. I actively ran distance until 2011; having completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and 10ks. I ran Cross Country in high school.

Years Involved with FHS: One Year

Other Favorite Activities: Road Cycling, Swimming, Cheering on the Packers and the Fighting Irish, Ancient History.

List church and/or youth group you’re involved in: St. Mark, Youth Group Volunteer.

Anything else you want us to know? I earned my second degree blackbelt in Shorin Ken Chishin Ryu, Karatedo in 2008. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala; teaching basketball and Track/Field and nutrition in rural schools, and, coaching the area all star basketball teams in national tournaments 1986-1988. I wrote a book on Basketball Fundamentals and Basic Strategy in Spanish that is still used in Guatemala today. I have lived in 9 different countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

 

Trainer

Heather Henson

 

 

 

 

Cross Country Experience: I’ve grown to love getting outside for a good walk and some running. This is our families first year running cross country but we’re loving it!

Years Involved with FHS: One

Other Favorite Activities: Watching spectator sports, traveling, hiking, and spending time with my family.

List church and/or youth group you’re involved in: Word of Life.

Anything else you want us to know? I love to cheer loud!

Trainer

Jodie Kirk

Trainer

Wendie Green