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O’Neal Announces New Upper School Director and Director of Athletics for Upcoming School Year

Southern Pines – The O’Neal School is pleased to announce that the positions for upper school director and athletics director for the school year 2015/2016 have been filled.


Will Rhem


Will Rhem will officially join O’Neal as upper school director on July 1st, when Richard Catania retires after 5 years of service to the School. Mr. Rhem is currently the English department chair and head of teaching and learning at Kents Hill School in Maine. A Houston native with ties to North Carolina, he attended Wofford College majoring in religion and Spanish and he also played soccer. Mr. Rhem has held a number of positions in education, including serving with the Peace Corps in El Salvador as well as teaching English and Spanish. He has earned advanced degrees from Middlebury College and Columbia University. O’Neal is looking forward to his leadership and to welcoming Will, his wife Amanda and two young daughters.



Also joining O’Neal as athletic director on July 1st is James Franklin. James graduated cum laude from Champlain College –

attending on a full scholarship for soccer – with a degree in public relations and media communication. He also earned a post-graduate certification in sports management from University of North London. James has coached collegiate soccer and tennis, and at each school, he held additional roles including director of recruiting, director of life skills, and athletic events manager. He has also served as director of coaching and director of operations for extensive youth club soccer programs. James, his wife Sandra, and two children already reside in Pinehurst and look forward to engaging themselves in the O’Neal community.



O’Neal is a college preparatory, independent day school. Presently, it serves students from pre-kindergarten age 3 through 12th grade. O’Neal is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character and physical well-being of its students in an environment where self-discipline, integrity and consideration for others are fundamental. The School is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). Tuition assistance is available.
Kathy Taylor
Director of Communications
The O’Neal School
(910) 692-6920 ext. 129
P.O. Box 290 / Southern Pines, NC 28388

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