Our Coaches

2015 Varsity Coaches

Dave Whitcomb - Head Varsity Coach

This is Coach Whitcomb's fifth year at Fairport. Dave is an experienced teacher-coach with a track record of success wherever he has been. He has been a PE teacher, coach and administrator in Section V for over 30 years. He recently retired as the Athletic Director in Geneva. He has coached at Avon, Aquinas, Midlakes and Geneva where his teams won (6) League titles, (6) Section V titles, (3) Western Regional titles, made (2) NYSPHSAA State Championship game appearances and won the 2006 Class B State Championship (Geneva). He has also been recognized by his peers with numerous Coach of the Year awards and is the only coach in Section V history to win sectional titles in football at three different schools. He is married to his wife Janet, they have two children—David and Michelle and five grandchildren.


Ralph Gebhardt - Varsity Coach

gephart Ralph Gebhardt is excited to be returning to Fairport Football where he was a member  of the original AGR team back in 1970. His previous experience includes being the head coach at St John Fisher College for their first four years of NCAA Division III football. Other stops along the way were at Tufts University, New Hampton Prep School, Pittsford High School, Fairport High School with Coach Santini, and Midlakes High School with Coach Whitcomb. Ralph also coached at his alma mater, The University of Rochester, where he was an All-American defensive back.  Coach Gebhardt enters his 30th year teaching math at Johanna Perrin Middle School and has been a member of the FHS basketball staff for the past 21 years. His wife, Debby, is also a FHS grad and is currently a science teacher at the high school. They have three children who have graduated from FHS: Becky ’99, Shelley ’02 and Brian ’07. He and his wife are expecting their first grandchild in early September.

Jacques Monte - Varsity Coach

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Jacques is in his 13th year of teaching Physical Education in Fairport. As a Fairport alumni he was a standout athlete for the Red Raider Football, Wrestling, and Lacrosse programs. In addition to football, Jacques is an assistant coach for Fairport Lacrosse. Jacques graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in Economics and has a Masters in Sports Management from Ohio State University. Jacques won three national championships while at Hobart College and played professional lacrosse for the Detroit Turbos. He enjoys fishing, golf and music. Jacques lives in Fairport with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Emma, sons Jackson and Mitchell.


John McGurk - Varsity Coach

mcgurk John has been involved with the Fairport Red Raiders for many years as a coach and player. A 1998 graduate of FHS, he was a captain on the 1997 NYS Championship Football Team. Coach McGurk played collegiate lacrosse and earned his degree in Physical Education and Health from Ithaca College.  He earned his masters from the University at Buffalo.  John has been coaching in the Fairport Football program since 2003.  He was named the 2008 Assistant Coach of the Year for boys lacrosse.  John lives with his wife, Cheryl and three children, Addison, Elena, and Michael. He enjoys spending time with them and their two labrador retrievers, Remington and Saddie.  Good luck to all of the Fairport teams competing this fall!

Bill Hartnett - Varsity Coach

  This is Bill’s second season coaching at Fairport and he will spend most of the season working with the receivers.  In addition to football, Bill has been a volunteer coach for the Fairport High School baseball teams for the past eight seasons.  Bill is a 1981 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he played football and baseball.  Bill and his wife Karen live in Fairport and have three children who graduated from Fairport High School:  Kelly ’07, Lexie ’09 and Danny  ’12.

 

2014 JV Coaches

Jason Lehmbeck - Head JV Coach

Jason is in his 19th year coaching in Fairport. This is his 9th year as the Head JV coach. He coordinates the offense and coaches the backfield. He is in his 18th year of teaching Health and Physical Education at Minerva DeLand. Jason graduated from Penfield High School in 1991. He received his B.S. in Physical Education and M.S. in Health Education from Cortland State, where he played football. Jason has also coached Modified Baseball and currently coaches the Alpine Ski Team in the winter. He is a Past President and current Board of Director member of NYSAHPERD (New York State Association of Health Physical education Recreation and Dance). Jason and his  wife, Kerri have two children, Griffin and Peyton.

Jason Garrow - JV Coach

garrow Jason is in his 15th year as a football coach and 14th year as a Physical Education teacher at Fairport High School.  He graduated from Oswego High School in 1996 and went on to earn his B.S. in Physical Education from Cortland State.  While at Cortland, Jason played club baseball for 3 years and earned his certification in personal training. He is looking forward to a long and exciting career as a Red Raider here in Fairport. Jason and his wife, Joslyn, are celebrating their 11th year of marriage and have 3 strong boys; Alex, Zachary and Tanner.

Vic Cottengim - JV Coach

cottengim This is Coach Cottengim’s 27th year of coaching football.  He has coached at Penfield, Bishop Kearney, Fairport, Avon, Mynderse Academy, and Aquinas Institute.  Vic is married to his beautiful wife, Mary, and is the blessed father of 5 great children: John, Matt, Ashley, Heath and Seth.  Seth is a junior on this year’s varsity football team. Vic looks forward to the opportunity to help new, young Raiders become part of the football legend at Fairport High School.

2015 Freshman Coaches

Ed Lowe - Head Freshman Coach

lowe The 2014 season will be Ed’s 26th year of coaching football for the Fairport School District.  Previously he had ten years of coaching football experience in the Pittsford and Brighton school districts.  Since 1982 Ed has been teaching science at Minerva DeLand.  Both his bachelors and masters degrees are from S.U.N.Y. Brockport.  He is married to Sue, a retired business teacher from the Pittsford School District.  They have three sons, Bill, Ryan and Connor all are alumni of Fairport High School.  The newest addition to Ed’s family is granddaughter Maeve.  She is the daughter of Bill and his wife Kristin.

Mike DeMay - Freshman Coach

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This is Mike’s 18th year of teaching Physical Education and coaching football at Fairport High School. This season Mike is the Offensive Coordinator for the Freshman Football team. Mike has coaching experience with Ithaca College the Rochester Brigade Arena Football League Team and was a member of the 1997 Fairport State Championship and 1998 State Finalist Varsity football staff. Mike has Masters degrees in both Sports Pedagogy (Ithaca, 2000) and School District Administration (Brockport, 2003) Mike was a member of the 1991 Fairport NYS Championship team and played 4 years of football at Ithaca College. Mike feels blessed to have found the love of his life, Cyndie and current Red Raiders, Cameron, Isabella and Delanie Joy. Mike owns Suburban Driving. Please visit for any of your future driving needs.

Dan Parsons - Freshman Coach

parsons This is Dan’s 17th year teaching and coaching in the Fairport School District, and he is currently a Physical Education teacher at Johanna Perrin Middle School. He received a B.S. from Ithaca College in Physical Education and a M.Ed in Health and Physical Education from Frostburg State University in Maryland where he coached football and taught Physical Education classes. Dan and his wife Julie reside in Fairport with their daughter Eva.

Modified  Coaches

Josh Lenhard - Head Modified 7th Grade Team Coach

lenhard This will be Josh’s 11th season coaching football in Fairport. A 2000 graduate of East Rochester High School, Josh was a member and captain of the Football, Wrestling and Track teams. His senior year, he received the East Rochester Male Athlete of the Year award. He went on to play football and rugby in college and is currently East Rochester’s Varsity Wrestling coach. Josh graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2004 with a B.S. in Physical Education and received his Master’s degree from SUNY Brockport in 2009 concentrating in Athletic Administration. He currently teaches at Dudley.  Josh and his wife Carrie just celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary and have 2 children Emily and Andrew!

Tim Bruner - Modified 7th Grade Team Coach

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2014 is Coach Bruner’s 10th season with Fairport Football. Tim is a NYS certified coach. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Studies/Special Education from St. John Fisher College and is a teacher and JV track and field coach at Greece Athena High School. Coach Bruner has served as line and defensive coach for the past seven seasons and prior to that he served as special teams coach and assisted with the line.  Coach also assists the Varsity staff with the pre-season weight room work outs, lineman work outs, Mod summer lifting and Varsity training as well as Varsity game day assist. Tim thoroughly enjoys coaching at the Modified Level which he views as the foundation for all great programs. He is a loyal Buffalo Bills fan who when he is not involved with football also enjoys golfing, skiing and time with his family and his two dogs Hurricane and Brady.

Tim and his wife Roseann have one son, Nick who is a sophomore at Ithaca College. Coach Bruner and his family have called Fairport home for 23 years.

Denis McGurk - Head Modified 8th Grade Team Coach

dmcgurk A 2000 graduate of Fairport High School, Denis played 3 years of Football and Lacrosse including being part of the 1997 Football State Championship. He then earned a degree in Physical Education while playing lacrosse at Springfield College. Denis is now in his 9th year of teaching at Northside Elementary and his 11th year of coaching modified football in Fairport. Denis lives in Fairport with his wonderful wife Elaine, their son Austin, their cat Allie, their puppy Utah, and their two carnival gold fish. Coach McGurk is looking forward to a great year and would like to wish all of the football and cheerleading teams the best of luck.

Ray Soja - Modified Team 8th Grade Team Coach

soja This is Ray’s 39th year of coaching football and his 19th year in the Fairport Program. He also has been an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for the Red Raiders. Active in youth sports, Ray has coached all levels of Fairport Little League Baseball, and served as an Athletic Director for Fairport Pop Warner Football. He is a graduate of Cortland State University where he earned a Masters Degree in Physical Education. He is currently a Physical Education teacher in Pittsford School District. Ray and his wife Marcia live in Fairport and have four children; Steve, Greg, Katelyn, and Geoff.