Coach Michael Miragliuolo will be in his 18th season as the Head Cross Country Coach at Green Hope High School in 2018. The team has built a tradition of excellence and has fielded the largest cross country team in the state and one of the largest in the nation for many years with more than 220 runners annually. The team has appeared in numerous publications including the Raleigh News and Observer, Coaching Management Magazine, Vype Magazine, USA Today and several others. In his more than 16 years at the helm the Falcons have built an impressive list of accomplishments.
The men's team has won 11 Conference Titles, as well as six 4A Mideast Regional Championships (with two runners-up finishes). The women's team has won 15 Conference Titles as well as 10 Mideast Regional Titles (and 3 runners-up finishes). In 2009 the girls won the school's first-ever State Cross Country title and followed it up with state titles in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 (with state runners-up finishes in 2008, 2015, 2016, adn 2017). The boys' team made it a school sweep in 2010 with a title of their own, finished as state runner-up in 2016, and won their second state title in 2017. In addition, the boys were ranked in the National Top 25 in 2007 and 2017. The girls finished the 2009 season ranked 27th in the nation, ended 2010 ranked 10th in the nation, and spent most of the 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons ranked in the National Top 50 by ESPNRise and The Harrier.
Coach Miragliuolo was named Boys Conference Coach of the Year eight times and Girls Coach of the Year in 11 times. In 2013, the Raleigh News and Observer named Miragliuolo the Tarheel of the Week for his work with the cross country program. In 2014 Miragliuolo was named the North Carolina Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year Award and the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award by the NCHSAA for his role running the cross country program. In 2017, he was named the NC Men's Cross Country Coah of the Year by the USATF Coaches Association. Miragliuolo is a USA Track and Field Level 1 Certified Coach.
Coach Miragliuolo was born in Kingstree, South Carolina but moved to Bangor, Maine where he graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School. He played varsity basketball (3 years), varsity baseball (4 years), varsity golf (1 year) and ran varsity cross country (3 years - with a 17:12 PR). He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in History. After graduation he taught for 5 years at John Bapst Memorial High School where he coached the basketball, baseball and soccer teams.
Coach Miragliuolo came to Green Hope in 2001, where he teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics as well as Civics and Economics. In addition to coaching Cross Country he serves as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach and travels and writes in his free time. Coach Miragliuolo has also published 2 books, An American Boy (2011) and The Real Story of a High School Coach (2014).
Coach Julie Ross is in her second season as a coach at Green Hope after coaching at East Forsyth. She serves as the girls distance coach for indoor and outdoor track as well. Julie is a former Green Hope runner herself and teaches Spanish at her alma mater.
Coach Michael McDonnell will be in his 10th year as an Assistant Coach for the Cross Country team in 2018. He is an avid golfer in his free time and also a volunteer assistant coach for the Green Hope Baseball team.
Coach Caroline Moakley is in her second season as a coach at Green Hope. She also serves as an assistant coach for track. Caroline is a former Green Hope runner herself and teaches English at her alma mater.