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Four new athletic coaches now in the Racer program

Newcastle High School has announced the hiring of four new athletic coaches in three different sports. The announcement came last week from the Racer athletic department and athletic director Chris McKenzie.

Amy Serowski, Bryce Nelson, Thomas Washington, and Lauren Dansby are the four new athletic coaches in the Newcastle fold.

Serowski (24) will be the new head coach for the girls’ volleyball team. She succeeds her brother, Nick Serowski, who was the head coach for the last two years.

Serowski is a graduate of Southmoore High School. She was an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University from August 2018 until December 2019.

She’s been a club volleyball coach since 2014 in three states – Tennessee, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. She also helped run a camp at the University of Nebraska in the summer of 2019.

When she was an athlete at Southmoore, she was named All-City First Team and she was the team MVP all four years. Serowski was Southmoore’s first All-State player and the only one so far from the Moore school district.

Serowski attended college at King University in Bristol, Tenn., where she was a thirdteam All-Conference libero from 2015 to 2017.

“My overall goal is to pro mote a growth mindset on and off the court,” Serowski said. “My hope is to continue to grow the sport and grow on the program’s previous success.”

Bryce Nelson (35) will be one of Newcastle’s assistant football coaches next season under head coach Jeff Brickman. Nelson is married and has two young children.

Nelson previously coached at Tecumseh High School for eight years. He was the school’s Coach of the Year in 2016 and he was the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-State coach in 2019.

Nelson went to high school at Washington. In track and field, he was a state qualifier in the shot put in 2004. He was also the football team captain for the Warriors in 2003. A four-year letterman in football, Nelson earned All-State football recognition in 2004.

Nelson received an athletic scholarship to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and also went to play at the University of Central Arkansas.

“My goals are to help continue to build on the winning tradition,” Nelson said. “I want to help athletes achieve their goals on and off the field and to be a part of something bigger than myself.”

Washington (47) has coached for 13 years with stops at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City, Southmoore, Anadarko, and Putnam City West. He played baseball for Westmoore High School and was on the first team from that school to make the Oklahoma state tournament as Westmoore finished third overall in 1991.

“I just want to build great relationships with student athletes and to help build Newcastle into a perennial playoff contender,” Washington said.

Dansby went to Norman North High School and played for the Norman Fury and Celtic in the Norman Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) in the late 1990s. She also is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and played collegiately for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dansby was a goalkeeper and she helped build “Itty Bitty Kickers,” an association in Norman that helps introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters and adults alike. She also has spent much of her life as an art director with over 13 years of professional experience in branding, photography, illustration, print and web design for many companies and businesses.

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