Head CoachPaul McAllister joined Ravenscroft in 2015 as a middle school faculty member and coach. In addition to teaching 8th grade science and serving as the middle school science department chair at Ravenscroft, Coach McAllister is head coach for MS Cross Country in the fall and MS Track & Field in the spring. Prior to coming to Ravenscroft, Coach McAllister taught and coached middle school students in Virginia, following time spent teaching and coaching at the high school level in Mississippi. Coach McAllister received a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi.
Assistant CoachJen Weider came to Ravenscroft in 2Jen Weider came to Ravenscroft in 2016 where she joined the Physical Education department. She is the assistant coach for JV Cross Country and JV Track and Field. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Health & Physical Education and Exercise Physiology. She began her teaching career 6 years ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at The Glen Montessori School as the Elementary Physical Education teacher, After School Director, and Summer Camp Director. She moved to Raleigh in January 2015, entering the Wake County Public School system. She has taught Physical Education at Holly Ridge Middle School and Knightdale High School, while also coaching JV Volleyball. She is thrilled to be part of the Ravenscroft team, and teaches Physical Education in the Lower and Middle Schools.
Assistant Coach ThrowsBob Hastings maintained a strong interest in sports and fitness throughout a long academic career that prioritized English literature and liberal studies. After retiring from Shaw University, he began to foreground his interest in the physical, earning certifications in tennis, personal training, and track and field coaching. He applied all three certifications, teaching/coaching tennis for the City of Raleigh, serving as a personal trainer in his own business, Senior Partners, and, since 2009, coaching discus, shot put, and long jump for Ravenscroft’s Middle School Track and Field team. Hastings has himself competed in a variety of sports, including tennis, lacrosse, road running, and triathlons. At 80, he continues to work out daily, not just to resist aging but also to reaffirm that winning is neither the most important thing nor the only thing.