Woodlawn School Welcomes Michelle Young, Athletic Director
We are excited to welcome Michelle “Shellee” Young as our new Athletic Director. Shellee brings to us five years of excellent experience as the AD at Linden Hall, an independent school in Pennsylvania, and twenty years, overall, experience as a Head Coach in Soccer, Cross Country, Track & Field, and as an Assistant Basketball Coach, at the high school and collegiate levels.
Shellee’s academic credentials are excellent. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Science at Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology at Akron University. Shellee has taught and developed curriculum in Physical Education and served as a Department Chair in secondary schools and colleges.
During her coaching career, she has led teams to league, conference, district, and regional championships. Shellee has earned Coach of the Year awards at the high school and collegiate levels; she has been inducted into three Athletic Halls of Fame, including Dickinson College, where she served on their coaching staff and taught Physical Education, and at her alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University, where Shellee was a two-sport Varsity athlete, and began her coaching career. Shellee achieved Division III All-American in NCAA Track and Field, and as a Varsity Soccer player, NCAA All-American Honorable Mention.
Shellee brings a special blend of experience that will benefit Woodlawn scholar athletes who aspire to play collegiate sports. As a college coach, she has extensive experience scouting and recruiting high school athletes. As a high school coach and AD, she has mentored, guided, and supported students through that process, and she will be a valuable partner to athletes and their parents.
Although her official start date is July 1, Shellee will begin to work this week on next year’s schedules, interviewing and hiring coaches and on summer camps for our teams.
Shellee writes of her attraction to Woodlawn: “My goal is to work for a school that shares my values and beliefs, and I believe in the Woodlawn Way of producing independent, lifelong learners. I am excited to provide students with experiences through athletics that will help them learn and grow in ways that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Athletics is an extension of the academic curriculum and I am thrilled to start blazing a trail at Woodlawn.”
Welcome, Coach Young! We are excited to have you join our Trailblazer family!