Griffins name three new coaches to lead fall sports teams

Varsity Cross County: Meet Ryan Kramer

After two years as assistant coach, Upper School government teacher Ryan Kramer has been named the new head coach for Spartanburg Day School's varsity cross country teams.

Kramer joined the faculty and coaching staff at SDS in 2016. As the cross country assistant coach, Kramer helped lead the boys team to a SCISA 2A state championship in 2017 and a runner-up finish in 2016.

"I am very excited about this upcoming season," Kramer said. "Our team has worked hard on improving during the summer and has shown they are dedicated to building off of their past successes. We look forward to this season's competition and the opportunity to achieve our team and individual goals."

A former track athlete, Kramer competed in both the high and triple jump at East Stroudsburg University. Upon graduating, Kramer joined the coaching staff at Pleasant Valley High School in Pennsylvania as the jumps coach. Prior to coming to SDS, he was the assistant track coach for Boyertown High School in Pennsylvania.

Varsity Swimming: Meet Will Ericson

Experienced coach and collegiate swimmer Will Ericson has been named the head coach for Spartanburg Day School's varsity swim team. He will also be joining the faculty at SDS as the new Upper School math teacher.

"I'm very excited to be joining the athletic department and am looking forward to a great season," Ericson said.

Ericson swam at Washington and Lee University from 2009 to 2013 where he graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics.

He began coaching immediately after graduating, serving as the assistant coach at Trinity Episcopal School and head coach of the Pocono-Greenfield swim team out of Midlothian, Va. for two years. In 2015, he joined the Carolina Aquatic team as a registered USA swimming coach.

The varsity girls have won the 2A SCISA State Championship for five consecutive years, and the varsity boys team has tallied three state championships in the last five years. Ericson will be looking to build on the programs' extensive history of success.

Varsity Volleyball: Meet Meghan Gerke

Meghan Gerke will be bringing her experience and passion for athletics to Spartanburg Day School volleyball this year, serving as the team's next head coach.

Gerke is an experienced athlete, having played high school, club and collegiate volleyball. A known leader, she was named team captain her senior year and also served as a coach for area club teams. Gerke graduated from Goshen College in 2017 with a bachelor of arts degree in information technology.

"We are happy to introduce Coach Meghan Gerke as our head volleyball coach," said Spartanburg Day School Athletic Director Joy Couch. "Her passion and knowledge of the sport, paired with her volleyball experience as a player and a coach will be instrumental in leading our team to a successful season."

Gerke said she is looking forward to the continued success of the Griffin volleyball team, which won the SCISA 2A State Championship in 2015.

"After passionately playing volleyball on a team for 12 years, I felt like my life wasn't 100 percent," Gerke said. "I was still yearning for something and that was either playing or coaching again. Coming across this coaching opportunity has truly been a blessing in my life to translate my love for the game and leadership ability into helping young women become the best version of themselves on and off the court."

Griffins name three new coaches to lead fall sports teams