James Wood High School Cross Country Coach Resigns

James Wood High School Cross Country Coach Resigns
Posted on 01/06/2020
Mike OndaFor Immediate Release
January 6, 2020
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

James Wood High School Cross Country Coach Mike Onda has resigned after coaching the Colonels for 16 seasons. Onda, who serves as a business teacher at James Wood, began coaching the school’s cross country teams in 2004 and has enjoyed success during his tenure. This past season, the boys’ team won the Northwestern District Championship and the girls’ team was the Northwestern District runner-up. Both squads finished as the Region 4C runnersup and advanced to the 4A State Championship. It was the first time the boys’ team had advanced to the state meet since 2003 and the first time the girls’ team qualified for the state championship since 1986. The girls’ squad went on to place fourth in the state this year.

James Wood High School Coordinator of Student Activities Craig Woshner says, “As the Coordinator of Student Activities, I’m thankful for the many years Mr. Onda has dedicated to our cross country program. His teams proved to be very successful, particularly over the past two seasons, and have set a high standard for future teams.”

James Wood High School Principal Sam Gross adds, “As a business teacher and coach, Mr. Onda sets high expectations for students and is committed to helping each and every student reach their full potential in the classroom and in athletic competition. With the runners who will be returning to our cross country teams next year, I expect there to be a great deal of interest in succeeding Mr. Onda as our cross country coach. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in competitive distance running, prior coaching experience within a successful program and a plan to continue building our cross country program into one of the premier programs in Virginia.”