Windermere Prep's Micah Kurtz named president of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia

Lakers' Director of Sports Performance, Assistant Director of Athletics will begin leading the powerhouse private school in June.

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Windermere Prep's Director of Sports Performance and Assistant Director of Athletics Micah Kurtz has been named the next school president of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. 

"Over the past six years, Micah has played a vital role in the development of our athletic department," said Windermere Prep athletic director Pat Hollern. "His unwavering dedication and commitment to Windermere Prep and our student-athletes has been truly invaluable. While we will deeply feel his absence, we're thrilled for him as he embarks on the next phase of his journey."

In his six seasons with the Lakers, Kurtz was central in helping to implement the UNITAS culture of the school and athletics programs. 

Over his entire career in education and coaching, Kurtz has established himself as an influential figure throughout the country. In 2016, he was named the National Strength Coach of the Year, he also was named the NHSSCA Florida Strength Coach of the Year in 2020 and serves as a youth athletic development advisor for USA Basketball and the NFL.

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“I am thrilled for Micah Kurtz’s appointment to Oak Hill Academy," said former Oak Hill AD and basketball coach Steve Smith. "I have known Micah for over 20 years and firmly believe he is the perfect choice to serve and lead the school into the future. I have met only a few individuals in my four decades as an educator and coach who I would list to have the talent and foresight for student development and fostering a successful school culture. Micah Kurtz tops my list.”

Beyond his reputation in the space being alluring for a school like Oak Hill, his connection to the school itself goes back more than a decade. He's served as the strength and conditioning consultant for the school's basketball program for the past 14 seasons. 

“I am deeply honored to be chosen to lead this esteemed school into its next chapter," Kurtz said in a statement from the school. "Oak Hill has a world class staff in place and no school in the world has a better alumni group or brand than Oak Hill Academy. I am incredibly excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Oak Hill and look forward to working with all stakeholders to make our vision a reality. I extend my thanks to the board of trustees for entrusting me with this tremendous responsibility.”

Kurtz and his family are planning on making the move to Virginia to begin his tenure as president this summer.

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A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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