Nilay Patel, Athletic Director and Varsity Basketball Coach
Nilay Patel joined the RMS community in 2015 as the head basketball coach. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Social Work and Psychology. After eight years in the social work field, Nilay changed his full-time career and entered the recreation and sports field in 2017. Nilay believes that having a background in both social work and athletics allows him to develop strong relationships that can impact student athletes for the long term. He absolutely enjoys traveling, being a husband and father, and he lives by a simple phrase – “work hard, have some fun, be nice.”
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.