James Wood High School Names New Swimming Coach

James Wood High School Names New Swimming Coach
Posted on 09/25/2019
JWFor Immediate Release
September 25, 2019
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


James Wood High School has named Jessica Barr its new swimming coach. Barr, who is a STEAM teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Winchester, succeeds Alan Cavanagh who resigned after leading James Wood’s swimming program the past two years.

Barr is a native of Shenandoah County and began swimming with the Valley Swim Team Phoenix in 2007. She swam for five years with that team and was also a member of the Central High School Swim Team from 2008-2011. Barr attended the University of Virginia and was a member of the UVA Club Swim Team from 2012-2014 and volunteered with a USA swim team in Charlottesville. Barr began serving as an assistant coach with the Valley Swim Team when she returned home for the summers during her time as a student at the University of Virginia. Since 2015, she has been coaching part-time with the Winchester Swim Team.

Barr says, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to coach at the high school level and lead the James Wood High School Swim Team. Swimming helped to teach me many valuable life lessons and I’m looking forward to using my experiences as both an athlete and coach to grow the swimming program at James Wood and help each member of the team reach their full potential.”

James Wood High School Coordinator of Student Activities Craig Woshner says, “Coach Barr brings a unique perspective to this position in that she has been a swimmer at both the high school and college levels and has coached swimmers of different ages and abilities. She is passionate about swimming and recognizes that athletics can help teach students valuable lessons about teamwork, commitment and perseverance which will benefit them throughout their lives. I’m confident her experiences as a high school and college swimmer combined with her coaching experiences will benefit our students and swimming program.”