Coach Monty Smith has been a coach, leader, role model, and mentor for athletes all over the state of Arkansas for twenty-two years. In his coaching career, Coach Smith has been named Volleyball Coach of the Year eight times, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach of the Year once, and all-around Coach of the Year ten times.
Coach Smith began working at Episcopal Collegiate 15 years ago as a ninth grade history teacher. Since that time, he has been a Civics Teacher, Advisor, Assistant Athletic Director, Varsity and Middle School Girls Head Basketball Coach, Assistant Softball Coach, Bus Driver, and now the Varsity Girls Head Volleyball Coach and Director of Athletics for Episcopal Collegiate.
Catch Coach Smith on the field, court, track, in the stands or simply walking across campus always ready with a "Go Wildcats" yell!
A native of Asunción, Paraguay, Coach Asad is excited to be joining Episcopal's coaching staff as the Boys Varsity Soccer coach. He has taught history and coached soccer at schools such as the Interlochen Arts Academy and Shorecrest Preparatory in the U.S., and also at American international schools in South Korea and Paraguay. He has coached both boys and girls teams, and has trained championship-winning teams on three separate continents. Asad has also served as a professional soccer trainer in the Tampa Bay area. Coach Asad is looking forward to an excellent season with the scholar-athletes at Episcopal.
Coach Carter graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, earning four letters as a football player, and then embarked on a long career in coaching and education, the 2019 campaign marking his 27th season. His coaching stops have all been in Central Arkansas, and have seen him garner Conference Coach of the Year honors, Hooten's/Farm Bureau State Coach of the Year, and the Brayden James Memorial Award for Excellence in Coaching. He was also the President of the Arkansas Football Coaches Association, a two-year delegate for USA Football, and is a USA National HS Football Coaches Alliance Board Member.
Laura Crawford begins her 5th year of teaching at Episcopal and her 2nd year as the Junior Varsity and Varsity Assistant Volleyball Coach. Laura is a native of Little Rock and graduated form Mount St. Mary Academy. She grew up in a family of sports, and she has coached girls' basketball and volleyball for 7 years. She loves all sports and all of the growth they offer to kids on and off the court. Laura graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. After teaching PE for 2 years at a local school, she decided to pursue her Masters of Arts in Teaching and make a move into the classroom. She finished her Masters at the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 and in 2018, added her Dyslexia Interventionist License. Most recently, Coach Crawford assisted in leading the 2019 Wildcat Volleyball team to claim the 3A State Championship, with a 26-2 record.
Coach Gooch is excited to join the Athletic Department as the Varsity Boys Soccer Assistant Coach as he begins his 2nd year at Episcopal Collegiate School. Previously, he was the Junior Varsity Boys Soccer Coach for 2 years at Tyner Academy High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he rediscovered his love for the sport he played through middle and high school. Coach Gooch says he has the best teacher in the world when it comes to coaching-- his dad, who volunteered his time to act as coach for Gooch and his friends for 6 years in Fort Worth, Texas. Gooch is looking forward to serving the boys soccer team for a successful and exciting season in the spring.
Coach Tyrell Johnson is entering his 3rd year on staff at Episcopal Collegiate. A former stand-out athlete at Rison High School (Rison, AR.), he went on to become a four-time All Sun Belt selection, a 2007 NCAA football All-American, and a record holder for tackles in a single game in the NCAA while earning his Bachelor's Degree at Arkansas State University. With 7 year of NFL playing experience, Coach Johnson's strength training classes and coaching are not only increasing athletic abilities in students, but teaching them the importance of perseverance and dedication.
Coach Lister is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earning a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a minor in Health and Physical Education. Coach Lister is a highly decorated Air Force veteran of 25 years who was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and Korean Service Medal. Coach Lister served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Coach Lister has 5 years of high school baseball coaching experience and over 10 years of showcase coaching experience. Coach Lister has helped over 375 players obtain scholarships and currently has 3 players drafted into major league baseball. Coach Lister also has a passion for coaching girls basketball. Coach Lister’s coaching duties will be PSL football, assistant girls basketball and baseball.
With over 20 seasons of collegiate or high school basketball coaching experience, Coach Micah Marsh is back at Episcopal Collegiate to continue a dominant run. As head boys coach, Coach Marsh led the team to state tournament appearances in each of his five seasons at the helm, including state championships in 2014 and 2015 and a state runner-up in 2013. His boys teams included multiple All-State players, two Players of the Year, and produced many college basketball players. He won the 2014 All Arkansas Preps Coach of Year, 2014 ArBCA 3A Coach of the Year, and recognized five times as a conference coach of the year.
Coach Ophof is the 9th Grade Volleyball coach and Varsity Girls Soccer coach. He has played soccer for over 40 years, and coached soccer for 13 years at Episcopal Collegiate and 24 years overall. Also, he has coached volleyball for 6 years at Episcopal Collegiate and has played the sport for 10 years.
Elise Parker will be joining the Episcopal volleyball coaching staff this year where she will be serving as coach for the 7th grade volleyball team. Coach Parker played volleyball consistently throughout middle and high school. She was afforded the opportunity to play Junior Olympic Volleyball her Sophomore and Junior year where she excelled as a setter. After becoming a teacher, she continued to share her love for volleyball with her students serving as Junior Varsity and Varsity Coach for 4 years at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport. While at Evangel, the Varsity team earned two district titles, and she was awarded coach of the year after each of those outstanding seasons. After Evangel, Coach Parker accepted a teaching position at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport where she served for 3 years as the 9th grade volleyball coach and acted as an assistant coach for the Junior Varsity and Varsity squad. Coach Parker brings a tremendous amount of experience and enthusiasm for volleyball. She is looking forward to an amazing first season at Episcopal. Go Wildcats!
Coach Pettibone played Volleyball every year in Junior High School and High School. During her 11th and 12th grade years, she also played on a competitive Junior Olympic volleyball team, and then went on to play in college for two years. Many years later, after college and graduate school, she began teaching Spanish and coaching JV, and then Varsity, volleyball at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, where she coached for several years. She also coached for the Little Rock Juniors Volleyball Club for seven years. In 2009, she began her career at Episcopal Collegiate School. After a year working in the Lower School, she moved to the Upper School and began teaching Spanish to Middle and Upper School students, and started coaching volleyball again! She coached at Episcopal for six years, and then had to make the difficult decision to let that go for a few years, and now is so happy to be back on the court with the outstanding, courageous 8th grade "Volleycats!"
Allison Shaw is entering her second year as an athletic trainer. Ms. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, earning a Bachelor's in Kinesiology in 2014, and a graduate of University of Central Arkansas, earning a Bachelor's in Athletic Training in 2018. While at UCA, she worked with the volleyball, baseball, and football teams. Ms. Shaw has also worked with Cabot and Pulaski Academy Athletics as the athletic training student, and is excited to embark on her second year at Episcopal!
Kayleigh Smith is entering her 3rd year as a soccer coach at Episcopal Collegiate. Coach Smith, or "Coach K" as she's known by her athletes, played soccer for 19 years, and was part of the Lady Wampus Cat (Conway High School, Conway, AR.) 7A State Championship team in 2011, along with captaining her collegiate soccer team at Central Baptist College during her senior season. During her 1st year as an Episcopal coach, she assisted Coach Duke Ophof in leading the varsity squad to the Quarter-Final of the State Tournament in 2018, and during her 2nd year, she and Coach Ophof led the team to the 2019 State Tournament Semi-Final, finishing the season with a 15-3-1 record. Coach Smith earned her Bachelor's Degree from Central Baptist College (Conway, AR.) and her Master's Degree from William Woods University (Fulton, MO.).
Coach Tamo is a Little Rock native and 2008 graduated of Catholic High. He was a member of his Catholic's 2007 State Championship winning soccer team and captained CHS's Cross Country team his Senior year in 2008. After swimming competitively for eight years, he began his coaching experience with the Otter Creek Otters Summer League Swim Team between 2005 - 2009. After graduating from UCA's Honors College in 2012, he completed his MA Social Justice & Human Rights at Arizona State University. In addition to coaching, Sam serves our History Department teaching 6th Grade World History. He is now in his third year coaching in our Wildcat Cross Country Program with 7th-12th grade male athletes.
Carl Vault III, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, became a basketball fanatic at a very young age. A High School stand-out, in his own right, Vault would continue pursuing his dream at Harding University. In 2016, Coach Vault achieved another personal goal by winning his 1st State Title at Episcopal Collegiate School. Coach Vault's love for the game has landed him in a position to do what he does best, train at a high level because he's seen 1st hand what it takes to make it. "I've been blessed to study one of the best to do it first hand and love having the opportunity to pay it forward."
Ms. Selby Whitbeck is entering her 1st year as our Assistant Varsity Cheerleading Coach. Ms. Selby is a native of Little Rock and alumni of Episcopal Collegiate's Middle School. She then attended Little Rock Central High School and went on to the University of Alabama where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Ms. Selby cheered for competitive all-star and school squads for 11 years. She has cheered for the Cheer Central Braves, Cheer City United Titans, Episcopal Collegiate Wildcats, LR Central High Tigers, and continued weekly tumbling and stunting classes while in college. Cheerleading taught Ms. Selby valuable lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and athleticism. She is passionate about imparting these same life lessons to her cheerleaders and loves helping others find their school spirit!
Melissa Wilson-Baker, a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas is entering her 13th season as the Junior High Cheer Coach at Episcopal. In addition to coaching her cheer team, she is the Spirit Coordinator for both the Junior High and Varsity cheer teams. She will also enter her 3rd season as the Head Coach of the Varsity Softball team, which is a sport she played for 13 years. You can also find her keeping all of the official score books for our Volleyball and Basketball games. Before her time at Episcopal, Coach Baker attended North Little Rock High School, the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned a Bachelors of Science, and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where she received her Masters of Art in Teaching