Gianni Baldini, Soccer Coach
Coach Baldini was a player-coach on two teams in Italy before moving to the US. He was VCU Technical Director (1980-84) and VCU Head Soccer Coach (1985-87). Baldini was the first assistant soccer coach at Longwood College in 1998. On the high school level, Baldini started the soccer program at Clover Hill High School and was there from 1984-1986. He started the girls’s soccer program at Patrick Henry High School in 1989. In 1999, Coach Baldini started the soccer program at RMS, and has been here since then. He continues to run coach clinics for Chesterfield and Powhatan County, give private lessons, and runs soccer camps each summer. Coach Baldini holds the following licenses: USA soccer federation B license; Italian Soccer federation coaching C license; Italian soccer federation A license for under 18 players.
Peter Turkaly, Assistant Soccer Coach
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Peter has volunteered with RMS athletic programs for several years, and served as a parent volunteer on the Athletic Advisory Committee. Peter excels in communication and organization, and is enthusiastic about improvements and additions to RMS Athletic programs. Coach Turkaly has volunteered to assist Coach Baldini for several years at RMS with soccer. As a high school athlete, Peter participated in soccer, swimming and track & field, and continued with swim team in college. Turkaly has completed whitewater kayaking instructor training (Class II-V), and swiftwater rescue training. He currently participates in leagues for adult recreational ultimate frisbee, and adult indoor and outdoor soccer.
Felecia Jefferson, Girls Varsity Basketball Coach
Coach Felecia has been interested in sports and physical activity from an early age, enjoying unstructured outdoor play, as well as kickball, softball, basketball and stick ball. In middle school, she played on the basketball and softball teams, and continued playing on her high school teams. Jefferson played intramural basketball in college. In 1988, Coach Felecia presented the idea of a co-ed basketball team to RMS, and has been coaching continuously here at RMS since. She has coached co-ed teams, all boy teams, and is now Varsity Girls Basketball Coach. To her, sports are not a “girl” or “boy” thing – it is all about skills. Felecia is proud that women’s sports have been recognized over the last 20 years, and she is excited that our girls at RMS have the opportunity to play, and for possible career opportunities.
Nilay Patel, Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
Coach Patel is entering his fourth year as the head coach of the boy’s varsity basketball team at Richmond Montessori School. Prior to taking the reins of the boys program, Patel spent six years coaching middle school and high school basketball in Chesterfield, Henrico, and in several private schools around the area. In the year prior to coming to RMS, while coaching at Tomahawk Creek Middle School, they racked up a 14-0 record and won the Chesterfield County Middle School Tournament. Outside of RMS, Patel works for Henrico County Parks and Recreation and wears several different hats. He enjoys working with kids, engaging in sports, spending time with his family and traveling. Nilay Patel’s goal on the court and in life is the same—learn every single day.
Cassidy Houston, Assistant Basketball Coach
Cassidy joined the Richmond Montessori community in 2017. He graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Mathematics. He is currently completing his Virginia Teaching Licensure for Secondary Mathematics at the University of Virginia at Wise. Prior to RMS, he taught mathematics and physical education at New Vistas School for two years in Lynchburg, VA.