Human Kinetics Coach Education names new Associate Director of Coach Education

Human Kinetics Coach Education is pleased to announce Russell Wambles as the organization’s new Associate Director.

Wambles has been a high school athletic director for over 20 years, most recently at Apopka (Florida) High School where he preached sportsmanship, academics, and success on the fields and courts.

“I strongly believe in the mission of Human Kinetics Coach Education having seen how it benefitted my coaches and teams in Florida,” he said. “I know how important quality coaching is to athletes, parents, and communities, and Human Kinetics sets the highest standard for building strong programs.”

In his new role, Wambles will work closely with state high school associations nationwide to implement coaching courses for certifying scholastic coaches and furthering their professional development.

“We are thrilled to have Russell join our team,” said Ted Miller, Director of Human Kinetics Coach Education. “He has been a long-time champion of quality coaching education in Florida, and we’re excited to take that knowledge and experience to scholastic coaches and administrators across the country.”

“His extensive experience in coaching and high school sport administration and successful track record for developing coaches makes him uniquely prepared for this role.”

Wambles served two terms as athletic director at Apopka High School, from 2017-18, and 2005-11. Between his stints at Apopka, he served as athletic director at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, from 2011-17. Previously, Wambles was athletic director and teacher at Tavares High School in Tavares, from 1998-2005, where he also coached varsity baseball.

Throughout his career, Wambles has been active in state associations serving athletic administrators and coaches. Wambles currently serves on the board of directors of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA), where he was president in 2013 and earned the Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2016 and the Meritorious Service Award in 2015.

Previously, Wambles served on the board of directors of the Florida High School Athletics Association (2008-2014) and the Florida Athletics Coaches Association (2014-2018).

On the national level, Wambles has earned the Certified Master Athletic Administrator accreditation from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and was recognized with an NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2018. As an instructor, he has taught numerous courses and served as a test administrator for the NIAAA Leadership Training Course program.

Wambles will begin in his new position June 3, and will replace current Associate Director, Jerry Reeder, on August 30. Wambles will work remotely from his home in Apopka.