Geoff McCulloch finds new home as teacher, basketball coach at Jamestown High

WILLIAMSBURG—Geoff McCulloch has been named boys basketball coach at Jamestown High School. His hiring was approved by the Williamsburg-James City County School Board Tuesday night.

McCulloch replaces Lee Underwood, who resigned after last season. Underwood had been at the helm for 18 years.

McCulloch coached West Point the past three seasons, taking them to the state championship game two years ago. Before that he coached at Pulaski High for two years as head varsity coach following stints as jayvee coach and varsity assistant.

McCulloch played college basketball for three seasons at Greensboro College following one season at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He grew up outside Boston.

Jamestown athletic director Don Samuels thanked Underwood for his work with the program, and said the Eagles are glad to welcome McCulloch.

"We're excited to have coach McCulloch here with us," Samuels said. "He brings a lot of experience and success from his previous schools. He's had success at the other places that he's been.

"We're excited to have him here. And I know he's excited to work with the kids and see what he can do."

McCulloch, 43, said he and his family moved to Williamsburg two years ago and that move was instrumental in his change for work. He will teach social studies at Jamestown.

"Logistically speaking it was just going to be easier with my kids doing extra-curricular activities to be local," McCulloch said.

He acknowledged there is a difference in moving up a level in coaching , and added that he is familiar with Bay Rivers District competition having played some of those teams at West Point.

"A lot of the schools, especially in the Bay Rivers, it's a step up in terms of athleticism and size is a big thing," McCulloch said. "You have bigger, taller teams. And depth I think also.

"Single A you find some talented kids for sure. But the depth of that talent isn't quite the same."

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-247-4644.