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September 30, 2010

Joe Tereshinski '02 featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Featured from September 27, 2010 addition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Former Georgia QB enjoys life at Wake Forest

By Rob Daniels

For the AJC

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Joe Tereshinski didn’t take his own advice.

After his playing days ended in 2006 with the emergence of future No. 1 NFL draftee Matthew Stafford, Bulldogs QB Joe Tereshinski didn’t feel the immediate compulsion to stay in the game. He's back now.

After his playing days ended in 2006 with the emergence of future No. 1 NFL draftee Matthew Stafford, Bulldogs QB Joe Tereshinski didn’t feel the immediate compulsion to stay in the game. He's back now.

The former University of Georgia quarterback was working as a risk-management consultant in the Atlanta Financial Center seven months ago when he left a steady, stable job for the long hours and negligible compensation of a graduate assistant football coach at Wake Forest.

Some might call this crazy. Most would call it risky. Tereshinski calls it pleasantly inevitable.

“Coming here and being able to help out – hands-on – with the tight ends has been a huge experience for me,” said Tereshinski, whose Demon Deacons play at Georgia Tech Saturday. “I’ve enjoyed working with them and they’ve worked hard every single day.”

After his playing days ended in 2006 with the emergence of future No. 1 NFL draftee Matthew Stafford, Tereshinski didn’t feel the immediate compulsion to stay in the game. His dad Joe was going on a quarter-century as a strength coach at Georgia and younger brother John was helping Wake win its first ACC championship in 36 years. But the real world was beckoning.

“At the time, I was thinking that I had been in football all my life and I was going to try something new,” he said.

He took a job with Protiviti as a specialist in helping companies comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the landmark legislation that overhauled financial reporting in the aftermath of the Enron scandal. The work took him to Charleston, S.C., Austin, Texas and Philadelphia, among other places. It was stimulating and rewarding.

But it wasn’t football and eventually, that started to matter.

“After I got off the field from college, I was driving my wife [Jillian] nuts,” Tereshinski said, “because you never watch a game the same. You start yelling out blitzes. You yell about protections. And she’s getting mad at me. She’s leaving the room.”

Tereshinski recalled a 2007 conversation he had had with Wake defensive coordinator Brad Lambert, a former UGA assistant.

“When you get tired of the business world,” Lambert had said, “give me a call.”

The phone rang early this year. Tereshinski’s last day at Protiviti was March 4. He was here on March 5 and thinking about spring practice.

“With the name Tereshinski, we know they’re tough as pine nuts and that they love football,” Wake coach Jim Grobe said.

Grobe figured he’d have the new guy work with the tight ends. Joseph Peter Tereshinski Sr., the patriarch of the football family who played for two Bulldog SEC championship teams in the 1940s, had manned the position. Ditto for John and for uncle Wally, who helped UGA to the league title in 1976. What wasn’t certain was how much Joseph Peter Tereshinski III would coach and how much he’d observe.

The original plan was to have tight ends in meetings with quarterbacks and the offensive line. Offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke moved for a change of venue almost immediately.

“After that first day,” Tereshinski recalled, “Coach Lobo said, ‘You’ve got ’em.'”

“We felt we couldn’t go wrong with Joe,” Grobe said. “He has turned out to be everything we expected and maybe a little more. We turned the tight ends over to Joe and we just don’t do that with GAs. But he’s so good that he has those guys to himself.”

Tereshinski was prepared because he had spent hours discussing the tight end’s role in the Wake offense with brother John, who caught 28 passes for the 2007 Deacons and spent time in training camp with two NFL teams. He also knew what makes for a good receiver from throwing the ball for so long.

Tereshinski’s work week still seems complex as financial audits. Every Sunday, he’s breaking down film of the upcoming opponent for the assistants and making sure all the relevant statistics have been entered into the computer system for the purpose of predicting trends. Game-planning meetings flow from that work and they consume most of Monday and Tuesday.

Tereshinski is also a student. He’s taking two graduate courses in media studies while determining how his guys should help in keeping various Yellow Jackets away from Deacon quarterbacks Tanner Price, Ted Stachitas and Chattahoochee High School graduate Brendan Cross. Although tight ends caught only two passes in the process, the Demon Deacons have scored 131 points in their first three games.

Getting used to a new environment and a new offense is still part of the deal for Tereshinski, but the road has been smoothed by the family ties to a stable program in an often itinerant business.

“When I first stepped on the field, these guys treated me with respect and I hope to do the same back to them,” Tereshinski said of his players and comrades. “We’re demanding and we want to get better every day.”

September 27, 2010

Aaron Strand '07

Aaron Strand Class of 2007 is currently appearing in “The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller” at the West End Theater in New York City. To read the New York Times review, click here.

September 24, 2010

Class of 1990 Celebrates 20th Reunion!

The Class of 1990 will celebrate its 20th reunion in November!

Friday, November 26 a gathering will be held for alumni and spouses at the East West Bistro in Athens.

Saturday, November 27 will feature a tailgate party at the UGA vs Georgia Tech game for alumni and their families.

For more information contact Amy Ridlehuber O'Neill at amyroneill@mac.com.

September 23, 2010

Class of 1980 Celebrates 30th Reunion!

Class of 1980 celebrates 30th Reunion!

A gathering is planned for Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at the
Athens Academy 15th Annual Fall Cookout followed by
the Spartan Football game.

Saturday, Oct. 2, 6:00 p.m. members of the class will gather at the home of Von and Tracy Massey at 480 Fortson Drive. Contact Von at (706) 296 - 2700 for details

15th Annual Fall Cookout

Everyone is invited
Bring the family!
Athens Academy 15th Annual Fall Cookout
Friday, October 1, 2010
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Alumni Association
Athens Academy Track

Class of 2010 can pick up yearbooks!

September 17, 2010

Alum Makes a Difference in Athens

Click here to read a recent Athens Banner-Herald article about FreeIT Athens, a group of volunteers (including David Millard, Class of 2010) who fix computers for people who otherwise couldn't afford the repairs.

September 9, 2010

Former Spartan Erin Carner is Agnes Scott College Award Recipient

ATLANTA, GA. (09/08/2010)-- Erin Carner - Agnes Scott Class of 2011 of Braselton, was awarded a Charles A. Dana Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Carner is the daughter of Nancy Thorne and Gary Carner.
Charles A. Dana Scholars are selected primarily on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership in college activities.
Agnes Scott College, founded in 1889, is an independent national liberal arts and sciences college for women in Decatur, Ga.

September 8, 2010

Alumni Excel in the Fine Arts

Drama Department Chair Lorraine Thompson enjoys keeping in touch with her former students, many of whom are studying Fine Arts in college or have gone on to pursue careers in the Fine Arts field. Her former students often point to their experiences at Athens Academy as having laid the foundation for their success. A few of those successes:

Mary Katherine Malone (Class of 2010) is currently a theatre major at the University of Southern California. The USC School of Theatre is ranked among the top five undergraduate theatre programs in the nation.

Cate Jackson (Class of 2010) is a theatre performance major at the University of Minnesota. Cate was recently awarded The Arle and Billy Haeberle Scholarship, which is presented to students with strong high school performance, leadership, and extracurricular involvement and exceptional promise in Theatre Arts.

Christine Shaw (Class of 2010) is a theatre major at Yale University. She was recently cast as Fox in When It Rains it Pours by Zeke Blackwell and as Elliot in Jacob Paul’s play In Her Absence.

Maggie Kellett (Class of 2010) is attending Georgia Tech, where she recently performed in DramaTech’s scene showcase, Experiments. The scenes are cast, blocked, and rehearsed in three days, then performed on the third night.

Jarrard Cole (Class of 2008) spent the summer working as a media intern/consultant with The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. During his internship with the online version of The WSJ, Jarrard worked both behind and in front of the camera. Some of the video features he was involved with include “Sun Chips: The Loudest Chip Bag Ever,” “A Tycoon of Miniature Buildings,” and “Odd Jobs: Mounted Police.” Jarrard’s features can be seen on The WSJ online. Jarrard currently attends The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Houston Mahoney (Class of 2008) was accepted into the BFA Performance program at Auburn University at the close of the last school year. He apprenticed this summer at the California International Theatre Festival. While working at the festival, he was selected to work one-on-one with stage and film actor Alfred Molina (Doc Ock in the movie Spiderman 2). Houston was also recently cast as Hucklebee in Theatre Auburn’s production of The Fantasticks.

Rachel Sterrenberg (Class of 2008) is currently a vocal student at the University of Kentucky. She was recently selected to participate in the Chautauqua Institution Voice Department, a seven-week program offering the highest caliber of training for young singers. As part of the training program, Rachel performed in productions of La Bohème and The Marriage of Figaro. At UK, she debuted the role of Dana Kelso in the premiere of the Lincoln opera River of Time and was First Lady in the undergraduate production of the The Magic Flute.

Aaron Strand (Class of 2007) is currently appearing as Michael Rockefeller in the world premiere of The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller, a new play by Jeff Cohen, based on the short story by Christopher Stokes and directed by Alfred Preisser. This production will play a four-week limited engagement at the West End Theatre in New York City. Aaron is also completing his theatre degree at New York University this year.

Mallory Moye (Class of 2005) recently appeared in Brooklyn Underground’s production of The Artful Conspirators, directed by David A. Miller. Mallory lives and works as an actress in New York City and has recently done voiceover work for DSW Shoes and The Olive Garden television advertisements.

Kendall Sherwood (Class of 2005) is currently in the screenwriting and playwriting masters program at Northwestern University in Illinois. She received a summer internship with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and had the opportunity to work on TNT's crime drama “The Closer.” This fall, she will be teaching the undergraduate course Introduction to Screenwriting at Northwestern.

Lauren Schacher (Class of 2003) is working as an actress in New York City, where she recently booked the role of Alexandra Langley in the spec TV pilot “Katt & Crowse,” which begins filming this fall. She has also recently appeared in the stage play A Wolf Like Me at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Her sister, Sarah Schacher (Class of 2008), is starting her third year at New York University’s Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

Emily Callaway (Class of 2001) is currently working as an actress in Los Angeles. She recently appeared in Alejo Mo-Sun’s film Hirokin. She is also starring in the webseries The Maybelline Girls.

Powell Weaver (Class of 2001) is currently living in the greater Los Angeles area, where he is working as writer's assistant for HBO's television series Hung. Since graduating from New York University, Powell has worked as a freelance writer at Fox Television Studios, a writer's assistant for the FX televsion show “The Riches,” and a production assistant at Nickelodeon.

Former Athens Academy student Andrew DiPalma recently appeared in the feature film The Joneses, with David Duchovny and Demi Moore. This film, which was recently screened at Ciné in Athens, is now out on DVD.