Monday, September 14, 2020
Fork Union Military Academy alumnus, Heisman Trophy winner, and four-time NFL Pro Bowler Eddie George will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 16 meeting of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club of Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will be held via Zoom and registration is limited to 100 participants.
“I attribute everything in my life to my Fork Union experience,” said Eddie George in a recent phone interview. “The education focused on the whole person – spiritual, body and mind. It cultivated the best in me and taught me to strive to be something more in life.”
FORK UNION, VA – Fork Union Military Academy has named Seth Wilson as the head coach of the Postgraduate Basketball Program, the Academy announced Monday. Wilson has replaced longtime basketball coach Matt Donohue, who resigned for personal reasons last week.
Wilson is no stranger to the program as he spent 18 months as an athletic intern and PG basketball assistant from January 2013 to July 2014. He returned to the Academy this past January to teach leadership after six years at the Covenant School in Charlottesville, Va., where he was a physical education teacher, head varsity football coach and head boy's junior varsity basketball coach.
While at Covenant, Wilson was named 2018 Central Virginia Coach of the Year, 2018 VISFL Coach of the Year, 2017 Virginia Independent Conference Coach of the Year and two-time Falcon Club Private School Coach of the Year. Wilson led his football team to back-to-back undefeated state championships in 2018 and 2019, while accumulating a 27-2 career record in three seasons.
Wilson is the owner and CEO of Growth Training, LLC in Charlottesville, where he offers individual and small group training for aspiring basketball players, sport-specific and physical education-themed programs, and leadership consulting to the Central Virginia area as he has 14 years of basketball coaching experience.
A graduate of The University of Georgia, Wilson earned a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. During his time at UGA, he worked as a student manager for the women's basketball program, volunteered as a youth football coach, and spent three years as a basketball development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks.
Fork Union Military Academy is pleased to announce coaching changes for the 2020-21 academic year. Former professional athletes Phillip Merling and Sean Singletary join the athletic staff, while Reginald Barnette has been promoted to head prep basketball coach.
Barnette, who is starting his fifth year at the Academy, was the former Junior Prep basketball head coach in 2018 and is the current defensive coordinator for the Prep football team. The Salem, Va., native is a 2014 graduate of the University of Richmond and is also an Admissions Counselor at Fork Union Military Academy.
Joining Barnette’s Prep basketball staff is former professional athlete Sean Singletary, who comes to the Academy from LaSalle University where he was an assistant with the men’s basketball team. In 2008, Singletary graduated from the University of Virginia and was a three-time First Team All-ACC honoree and two-time All-American. He was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft as the 42nd pick by the Sacramento Kings. The Philadelphia, Pa., native was eventually traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009 and was assigned to the NBA’s Development League where he played two seasons. In 2009, Singletary started a three-year campaign playing abroad in Spain and Belgium.
To help lead our postgraduate football team, 2005 alumnus Phillip Merling will join head coach Frank Arritt as an assistant in charge of defensive line, tight ends, and community life. During his time at FUMA, Merling was the recipient of the Charles Graham Thomas Award for the best athlete in the Corps of Cadets.
After a receiving a full scholarship to Clemson University, Merling became a freshman All-American, was named the Defensive Line MVP his sophomore and junior campaigns and was named the first junior captain in Clemson history. He was the first four-time winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week Award since the 1960’s.
Merling entered the 2008 NFL Draft and was selected as the 32nd pick to the Miami Dolphins. During his five seasons in Miami, the St. Matthews, S.C., native earned second-team All-Rookie honors, was a two-time AFC Player of the Week (2010) and named NFL Captain for Monday Night Football (2010). Merling also played multiple seasons for the Green Bay Packers (2012-2013) and the Washington Redskins (2013-14).