Cross country running became a family affair spurred on by her oldest sister’s high school participation and her mother’s volunteer coaching interest.  Everyone in the Dames family has at some point in time identified as a runner.  Theresa Dames began running cross country in elementary school, competing in races as early as fifth grade.  This early start was partially due to the fact her mother was the coach, but also due to admiration of her older sister’s fortitude and athleticism in the sport.

Coach Dames joined her high school cross country team in her sophomore year to become part of a Tradition of Pride (and Winning, as her coach would point out).  Her three year varsity running career contributed to a “four-peat” section championship title held by the ladies’ team, experiencing only one loss at a scrimmage meet during all three seasons she participated in.  

In college, Coach Dames continued to run conditionally and recreationally, participating in events such as the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay alongside friends and family.  After graduating college, she spent the summer of 2015 volunteer coaching her nephew’s elementary school team, keeping the sport a family tradition. This past spring, Coach Dames spent time training for a new challenge: running the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. She completed the 13.1 mile race in 2 hours and 2 minutes and hopes to break the 2 hour barrier next spring.



Before arriving at Middleburg Academy, John Funk taught math and coached at South Kent School, a secondary boys boarding school in South Kent, CT for the past 21 years.  Previously he worked at Putney School, Burke Mountain Academy, and Vermont Academy.  While at South Kent School, he served as Class Dean and spent time in the Learning Skills Program.  Coach Funk worked with the cross-country running program for 16 years before starting a fall mountain bike program.  In addition, he was involved with all levels of the basketball program.  

Coach Funk joins Middleburg Academy as the Athletic Director, teaching math, and providing math support in the Learning Commons.  In the fall, he will be co-coaching cross-country.  He is an avid cyclist and enjoys exploring the roads of Loudoun and Fauquier counties. Coach Funk is married to Theo Grayson and has two teenage children.  Theo teaches  at Mountainside Montessori School in Marshall, VA.  The family lives in Upperville, VA.