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Eva Greenberg, Andrew Richardson to Lead Athletics Program

Friday, February 19, 2021

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After 22 years of exemplary leadership from Jeff Whalen, Heathwood will have a new Director of Athletics on July 1. Washington, DC native Eva Greenberg will replace Whalen upon his retirement from the role, while Andrew Richardson will be promoted from Assistant AD to Associate Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director.

Greenberg and Richardson will be a formidable team, says Heathwood Hall Head of School Chris Hinchey: “Eva impressed us with her deep knowledge about the management of an athletic department, her passionate belief in the role that athletics plays in the development of young people, her fiercely competitive personality, and the manner in which she articulated the value that exceptional coaches add to our student-athletes’ pursuit of excellence. Andrew’s work as our Sports Information Director has been transformational and his coaching and mentoring of our student-athletes is outstanding.”

Currently serving as Assistant Athletic Director at Washington’s The Field School, Greenberg is a graduate of Dickinson College, where she captained both the cross country and track teams, and holds an M.A. in Sports Management and Strategic Marketing and Communication from Georgetown University. She has coached track and cross country at both the varsity and middle school levels, including a high school team at the Field School that won seven league banners. 

Richardson, now in his 10th year at Heathwood, is Head Varsity Boys Soccer Coach and has also coached football and basketball. A Columbia native, he was a standout high school soccer player and attended the University of South Carolina.

Whalen, who has served as Heathwood’s Director of Athletics since 1998, will remain with the Highlanders next year as Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. In his 22 years in that role, Whalen has consistently kept the Highlanders in the top ranks of SCISA basketball programs, accumulating a record of 339-235, including a SCISA State Championship in 2011 and a State Runner Up in 2010 and 2012, and sending several players on to Division 1 college programs.  

“Being an AD at an independent school like Heathwood is both a difficult and rewarding experience,” said Chris Hinchey, “and Jeff performed masterfully, attending to the myriad responsibilities (scheduling, hiring, coaching, budgeting, communication, and facilities upkeep) with remarkable attention to detail, while also maintaining an important and noteworthy presence in SCISA amongst Athletic Directors and coaches around the state.”  

“I am excited that Eva Greenberg will be the new Athletic Director at Heathwood Hall. With her work in Independent Schools for 11 years, Eva has much experience in managing an athletic department. When speaking with Eva, I was impressed with how she stressed the importance of relationships between student athletes and coaches, and how participating in athletics is so valuable in developing young adults. I believe that Eva will help the Heathwood Athletic Department to continue to grow,” Jeff Whalen added.

“I am also excited that Andrew Richardson will continue on at Heathwood in the role of Associate Athletic Director and Sports information Director. Andrew has been a tremendous colleague, building our Sports Information Department from the ground up, along with the multitude of other duties that he has had during his time here.

“I am sure that there are great things ahead for Heathwood Athletics with this new leadership.”

Greenberg said she was drawn to the position at Heathwood because the school’s athletics philosophy was similar to her own: “When I came down to visit and met members of the Heathwood community, I was struck by how much everyone cared about the relationships between students and coaches. When those relationships are strong, special things can happen, and the fact that the Heathwood community recognizes that so clearly really stood out to me.”

“Heathwood has been an incredibly special place to me for a decade now, and I believe that our best remains ahead of us,” said Richardson.  I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help our community continue to grow, and under Eva’s leadership, we will be poised to take great strides forward as a department.”

 

Eva Greenberg Biography

A native of Washington, DC, Eva Greenberg has worked in independent schools for 11 years, serving as Assistant Athletic Director at both Chatham Hall, an Episcopal boarding school for girls in Virginia and most recently at Washington’s The Field School. She has coached track and cross country at both the varsity and middle school levels, including a high school team at the Field School that won seven league banners. Additionally, Eva has experience in marketing, admission, communications, public relations and event planning. She is a graduate of Dickinson College where she earned a BA in political science and captained both the cross country and track team.  Eva also holds an M.A. in Sports Management and Strategic Marketing and Communication from Georgetown University. She and her husband, Tom, have a one-year-old daughter named Lena Willow Henry.

 

Andrew Richardson Biography

Andrew Richardson has worked in Columbia-area independent schools since 2008, and joined the Heathwood Hall community as the Head Boys Soccer Coach in 2011 after several years as an assistant soccer coach at Cardinal Newman.  A native of Columbia, he attended Brookland-Cayce HS, competing in football and soccer.  He later competed in Men’s Soccer at the University of South Carolina-Sumter before earning Golden Key International Honor Society honors at the University of South Carolina.  Since his arrival at Heathwood, he has been the Head Coach of the boys and girls soccer programs, as well as serving as an Offensive & Defensive Coordinator for the Varsity Football program, and a Head Middle School Basketball Coach while serving the school as its Sports Information Director and Assistant Director of Athletics..  He is currently the Boys Technical Director for Congaree Rapid FC, and is the General Manager for Columbia’s UPSL soccer team, Soda City FC.  

 

Jeff Whalen Biography

Jeff Whalen was born February 12, 1955 in Watertown, NY. Jeff was educated at Immaculate Heart Central, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. His football team's record during his sophomore through senior year included only one loss. The basketball team won Sectional Championships both his junior and senior years. Whalen received his BS in Physical Education at SUNY College Cortland, NY after attending Dean College in Franklin, Mass. While at Dean, Jeff played both football and basketball.

After college, Jeff both played and coached for the Watertown Red and Black, the oldest semi-pro football team in the United States.

From 1983-1985, Jeff was the Athletic Director at The McLean School in Potomac, Maryland, where he coached lacrosse while also coaching basketball at Northwood High School.

His coaching career led him back to his alma mater in 1985, where he was the Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, Varsity Football Coach, and Varsity Lacrosse Coach.

In 1987, Jeff accepted a teaching and coaching position at Heathwood Hall, where he was the Defensive Coordinator in Football and Head Women's Basketball Coach.

Two years later, Jeff accepted a position at Cardinal Newman, where he served as Athletic Director, Head Football, Head Men's Basketball, and Head Golf Coach. During his four-year tenure at Cardinal Newman, Whalen led the Cardinals to their only Football State Championship in school history. His basketball team also made the State Championship game during his tenure there, only to lose to Heathwood Hall.

After four years at Cardinal Newman, Jeff accepted a position at Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, Louisiana as their Director of Athletics, Head Men's Basketball and Golf coach. During his time at Country Day, Jeff was able to assemble an outstanding staff of coaches who led programs to new heights. During this time, he also led the basketball team back to the state playoffs after a long drought. One of his players, Joe Pasternack, has gone on to coach at the collegiate level and is currently Head Men’s Coach at University California, Santa Barbara. As the golf coach, Jeff led his team to the Louisiana State Championship in 1994 and to State Runner-up in 1995. Seven of his golfers went on to play collegiate golf.

Jeff is an avid sports fan, loving his Syracuse Orangeman, New York Giants, New York Yankees, and Boston Celtics. He has been married to his wife Karen for 25 years. His five sons, JD ‘05, Tyler ‘07, Brett ‘08, MacKenzie ‘10, and Morgan ‘10, are all proud Heathwood alumni.