announces the appointment of Rod Hairston as new head coach of the school’s girls’ varsity and junior varsity basketball programs. He takes the place of Kira Orr, former head coach who recently stepped down to focus on her academic and administrative duties as dean of the Bullis Middle School.
“Kira had tremendous success with the basketball program, as evidenced by this season’s tremendous 20-7 record,” said Dr. Gerald L. Boarman, head of school. “She leaves big shoes to fill in the athletic program, but we are confident that Rod’s success demonstrates that he is up for the charge.”
Hairston is the first coach in Maryland to win five consecutive state 4A titles 2005-2009, which he accomplished while head coach of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. He also led Bishop McNamara’s team to a first place WCAC regular season finish. Most recently, Hairston led the program at Northwestern High School. He has also coached AAU girls’ basketball teams for 10 years, lead girls’ basketball summer programs for the state and county’s park and planning offices and Five Star Basketball Camps, and received numerous awards for his coaching accomplishments.
Hairston graduated from Bowie State University with a B.A. in communications journalism and was a scholarship athlete on the men’s basketball team. He received post-graduate training at Trinity College and Duquesne University. He has been a certified special educator in Prince George’s County for 14 years.
“I look forward to this tremendous opportunity to continue the rich tradition of student-athletes at Bullis,” said Hairston. “Bullis students are known to be sound academically and of strong character, and all of them have the desire to be successful in basketball and beyond. I’m honored to be joining this program, and to helping these athletes realize their goals and dreams, whether to move on to college basketball or simply have the best high school basketball career possible.”
Hairston will begin his duties immediately, providing direction to team members regarding their AAU play and training schedules and also directing the girls’ basketball program for Bullis Summer Programs.