James Wood High School Names New Girls’ Soccer Coach

James Wood High School Names New Girls’ Soccer Coach
Posted on 08/23/2018
Donavan RussellFor Immediate Release
August 23, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


James Wood High School has named Donavan Russell its new girls’ soccer coach. Russell, who is a 1993 James Wood High School graduate, succeeds Jim Carden who led the Colonels for 11 seasons before retiring in May.

Russell is familiar with James Wood High School’s soccer program having served as an assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team from 2014-2017 and as an assistant coach for the girls’ team last season. In addition to his coaching duties at James Wood, Russell coached from 2005-2010 with Winchester Upward Soccer and has coached Winchester United girls’ soccer since 2010.

Russell says, “I’m looking forward to getting back together with the team for off-season workouts, especially in my new capacity as head coach. We are coming off of a record-breaking season and I want to make sure we continue to improve and build upon that success. Coach Carden and his teams created the foundation for a winning program over the past 11 years and I plan to build upon that by fostering a team first attitude and atmosphere. I’m excited to be leading the girls’ soccer team at my alma mater and am looking forward to the upcoming season.”

James Wood High School Coordinator of Student Activities Craig Woshner says, “We are excited to have Coach Russell assume the head coaching position for our girls’ soccer team. In addition to the vast experience he possesses, he also understands the special culture of our school and is familiar with the members of the girls’ soccer team after working with them as an assistant coach last season. Coach Carden did an outstanding job building our girls’ soccer program and we fully expect Coach Russell to take us to the next level.”