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Coach Bios

Camp Chargers coaches have years of experience in their sport, from playing at the collegiate and pro levels to coaching children and adults both domestically and internationally. They and their assistant coaches bring a wealth of experience and performance success to Summer at Providence Day. Together they ensure campers have every opportunity to gain from their expertise and to discover the joy of the sport!

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Paul Burnam - Wrestling

Coach Paul Burnam joined Providence Day School in 2004 and is the Middle School Wrestling Coach and Program Head. Over the years he has also served as head coach for the middle school football and track & field teams. As a college athlete, Coach Burnam competed for two years at the Division II collegiate level at Morningside College as well as Arizona Western College. He started 33 straight career games on the offensive line. After his final year of playing college football, Coach Burnam was a student assistant for the Morningside College football team.

Irwin Carmichael & Eliza Newell - Karate

Dynamic karate instructor Irwin Carmichael has studied karate for over 30 years and has taught at Summer at Providence Day since 1998. He is a ninth degree black belt in Kempo Karate and oversees several martial arts schools in the Charlotte area. Former Sheriff of Mecklenburg County, he teaches defensive tactics to local, state and county law enforcement personnel.

Sensei Eliza Newell is a third degree black belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate, a level 4 in Balintawak Arnis, and is ranked in Brazilian Jujitsu. Her passion for the sport began at a young age, and she has worked closely with Grandmaster Irwin Carmichael for many years. Sensei enjoys sharing her passion for karate with students and help them develop focus, discipline, respect, and self-confidence.

Emily Carrara - Volleyball

“Coach Carr” is the Director of Volleyball at Providence Day School and has been a Charger since 2014. Under her leadership the Chargers have finished 5th in State (2X) and 3rd in State (2X) with an overall record of 75-32.  She has six years of collegiate coaching experience as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division I Davidson College and at Division II Queens University of Charlotte. As a collegiate athlete at Division I Winthrop University, Carrara helped the Eagles reach the NCAA Tournament all four years and earned All-Conference honors three times as a setter. She still holds the records for most assists in a single match, single season, and entire career.

Jim Cerbie - Baseball

Coach Jim Cerbie enters his 32nd year as the Baseball Program Head for Providence Day School. He has led his team to seven CISAA conference championships, made 13 semi-final appearances, three state runner-ups, and three NCISAA state titles during his 31 years with the school.  He was named Coach of the Year in 1998 for North Carolina in the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Laura Clark - Cheer

Cheer coach Laura Clark began her career at Providence Day School as a teacher in the Upper School English department as well as a cheer coach for middle school, which then led to varsity coaching for a number of years. She also coached the PDS Dance Team.

Dan Dudley - Soccer

Coach Dan Dudley, originally from London England, began his coaching career as Assistant Men's Coach at High Point University. In his 5 years as girls' soccer program head and head coach at Providence Day School, Coach Dudley has won 2 conference championships, 2 NCISAA state championships, and 2 NCISAA finalist. In 2013-14, the Charger women's soccer program was ranked #14 in the country by NSCAA standings for Public and Private Schools and boasted an undefeated 2013-14 season.

Brian Field - Basketball

Coach Brian Field is currently in his 13th season as head coach of the Varsity Boys' Basketball team at Providence Day and his 21st as a high school coach. Coach Field has been working and running high school, college, and NBA basketball camps for more than 25 years. Coach Field was named USA Today’s North Carolina Coach of the Year in 2016 following his team winning the state title and finishing ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the nation.

Colleen Gallant - Fencing

Foil Coach Colleen Gallant, of Charlotte Fencing Academy, has been fencing for 30 years. She trained with noted coach Michael Tarascio, which eventually led her to many tournament successes including the North Carolina Division Women's Foil Gold Medalist for 2005-2011.  

Kevin McCadams - Tennis

Prior to joining Providence Day in 2014, Coach Kevin McCadams was the tennis teaching professional at the Ashland Tennis Center in Kentucky. He was the Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach at Buena Vista University for 8 years prior to moving to Kentucky where he was named Coach of the Year in 2013 by the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He improved the team’s record each season with both teams qualifying for its conference tournament for first time in 15 years. He is USPTA Certified and has coached 10 State singles and doubles champions throughout the Midwest. As a coach, McCadams strives to create a positive environment starting with a positive attitude, being respectful of others and working together as a team to achieve communal goals so that everyone wins.

Adam Hastings - Football

Coach Adam Hastings came to Providence Day as head football coach in 2015 after serving as the head coach at Ardrey Kell High School. While at Ardrey Kell, Hastings was named the Southwestern 4A Coach of the Year in 2010, the Marine Semper Fi Coach of the Year for North and South Carolina in 2011, and a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski High School Coach of the Year in 2014.

Miki Osherow - Field Hockey

Coach Miki Osherow has been coaching at Providence Day for 15 years. She has developed a competitive program that has gone to the state finals in recent years, and has helped develop PDS athletes who have gone on to be the school’s first DI and DIII field hockey student athletes. In her club-coaching world, her teams have won Gold at National tournaments and achieved a coveted 10th place finish at the National Club Championship in 2012.

Jamie Schmidt - Lacrosse

Coach Jamie Schmidt grew up in Syracuse playing lacrosse and continued through college at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He joined Providence Day School in 2000 and coached the junior high team for five years, then led the junior varsity lacrosse team for eight. Coach Schmidt currently directs several area youth lacrosse programs and leagues and has directed the lacrosse camps at Providence Day School since 2002.

Josh Springer - Basketball

Coach Josh Springer, Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Providence Day School since 2007, has led the Chargers to nine NCISAA state championships in his first eleven seasons. He was recognized as the North Carolina Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by USA Today in 2014 and Charlotte Observer Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2016.