Coach Michael Miragliuolo will be in his 17th season as the Head Cross Country Coach at Green Hope High School in 2017. 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 10 Conference Titles, as well as 4A Mideast Regional Championships in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2016 (with runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2008). The women's team has won 14 Conference Titles as well as Mideast Regional Titles in 2003, 2004, 2008-2014, and 2016 (with a runner-up finish in 2005 and 2015). 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, and 2016). The boys' team made it a sweep in 2010 with a title of their own (and finished as state runner-up in 2016). In addition, the boys were ranked in the National Top 25 in 2007. 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 SWAC Boys Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2014, and was named Girls Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. In 2013 the News and Observer named Miragliuolo the Tarheel of the Week for his work with the cross country program. In 2014 Miragliuolo was awarded the North Carolina Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year Award and the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award. 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 Jason Bochert will be in his 7th year as a coach at Green Hope High School in 2017. Jason has 14 years of experience as a coach (Pinecrest 2003-2007, Sanderson 2008-2010) and has worked with a number of State Champions and All Americans. Jason started his coaching career at Pinecrest High School where he led the boys' squad to a win at the 2004 4A Cross Country State Championships and experienced a one point loss at the 2005 State Championships to claim the runner up spot. Over his five years at Pinecrest his boys' program won three regional titles and five conference championships in Cross Country. Three of his cross country athletes achieved All State performances and his 2005 squad was ranked fourth in the Southeastern United States. After a fourth-place finish in the 2015 North Carolina state championship, the Green Hope boys team of 2016 won conference and regional titles and finished as state runners-up (by one point to Broughton).
Jason has coached the A Company boys at GH the last six years and many runners have set new PRs, including Peyton Barish who ran a school record 15:26.7 in 2016, Finn McBride (15:38.85 in 2016), Tom Nobles (15:42 in 2013), Ian Delgado (15:47.67 in 2016), and Henry Pehr (15:53 in 2015).
On the track Jason has coached four Pinecrest student athletes to All American Certificates. Racing out of the slow heat in both races Wacker, Williams, Black and Rickard earned All American status with their fourth place finishes in the 4x800 and 4x1600 races at the 2006 Nike indoor National Meet. That spring the same squad won their second consecutive state 4x800 outdoor title and went on to set a new 4A state record with a time of 7:45.51 (currently number 2 all time in NC). That record time placed seventh in the nation in 2007 and was one spot away from All American. In 2007 Andy Wacker placed second in the 5000 meters (15:12) at the Nike Indoor Nationals meet and set the school record in the process. In the spring Wacker improved on his indoor performance to place fourth at the Nike outdoor championships with at time of 14:58. Wacker also ran 4:15 for 1600 to close out his senior season. Jason’s 2014 and 2016 4x800 GH indoor track relay team won the state title and his 2014 4x800 outdoor relay team finished 2nd in the state (7:50). The GH outdoor 4x800 team went on to win state titles in 2016 (all-time NC state record 7:38.83) and 2017 (7:47.17). Finally, the 2015-2016 GH indoor team won the school’s first team state title in track with a strong contribution from its distance corps.
During Jason's short stint at Sanderson High School his impact was noticeable right away. His Cross Country squad went from failing to qualify for the state meet in 2008 to winning the 4A Championship in 2009. That squad also won the Cap-7 title and had six runners under 16:52 that day. On the track Sanderson excelled at the relay events placing first in the 4x800 at the 2009 indoor state championships and third in the event that spring at the outdoor Championships. Individually, in the 1600 Matt Schick ran 4:19 and Allison Cook ran 5:09 to help lead the 2010 squad.
Jason is married to Jennifer Bochert, who teaches fourth grade in Raleigh, and they are the proud parents of a son and a daughter. Jason has run 7 marathons and has run the Boston marathon twice.
Coach Julie Ross will be in her first season as a coach at Green Hope after coaching at East Forsyth. She will serve as the girls distance coach for indoor and outdoor track as well. Julie is a former Green Hope runner herself and will be teaching Spanish at her alma mater.
Coach Michael McDonnell will be in his 8th year as an Assistant Coach for the Cross Country team in 2016. He is an avid golfer in his free time and also a volunteer assistant coach for the Green Hope Baseball team.
Coach Minerva Martinez completed her 1st season as a Green Hope Coach in 2015 and will be an assistant coach for the indoor and outdoor track teams. She teaches at Green Hope and is an avid runner.