Our Coaches and Trainers
"In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me." JOHN WOODEN
Coach Kristen Conques
Kristen Conques is a native of Fairfax. She attended Christopher Newport University and received a B.A. in Early Childhood Psychology with a minor in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Conques captained the lacrosse team to the program’s first two Conference Championships and its first two NCAA appearances. By her senior year, Coach Conques held five school records, was 1st Team All-conference all four 4 years, was named to the All-Region, All-State, All-Academic Teams, and was the first player from the program asked to participate in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Associations North/South All Star Game.
Coach Conques was been with Highland School since 2010 working in Pre-K, 4th and 5th grade Sports, head coach for Girl’s Lacrosse, and assisting in Field Hockey. She has also served as a Head Coach for Cardinal Lacrosse Club since 2008.
Coach Reynolds Oare
Coach Reynolds Oare is the Head Varsity Boys' and Girls' Soccer Coach. He has been at Highland School since the Fall of 2008. His primary goal is to create an environment in which his players trust the daily process and work hard to improve on and off the field every day. Coach Oare also strives to ensure that the student-athletes respect each other, their opponents, and the officials. In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Oare is also Highland's Middle School Athletic Director and its Assistant Athletic Director.
2010 – 2017: Varsity Boys’ Soccer Head Coach (VISAA Division 2 State Champions: 2010, 2015, 2016)
2010 – Present: Varsity Girls’ Soccer Head Coach (VISAA Division 2 State Champions: 2016, 2018, 2019)
2008 – 2009: JV Boys Basketball Head Coach
2008 – 2011: Middle School Boys’ and Girls’ soccer and basketball
*Summer 2012 – 2014: Trainer with Fauquier County Soccer Club (FCSC)
Coach Oare has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington (2005) and a M.S. in Sports Management from Virginia Commonwealth University (2007).
He grew up in Warrenton, VA and graduated from Highland in 2000. He currently lives in Warrenton, VA with his wife, Valerie Oare (Married in August 2007) and his sons, James and Noah.
Coach Ronnie Ross
Since his arrival in 2009, Ronnie Ross has served in a variety of coaching roles in Highland's Upper School. He has coached boys and girls at both the junior varsity and varsity level and has played a role in five state championship teams during his coaching career.
2012 – Present: Varsity Girls Soccer Assistant Coach (VISAA Division 2 State Champions: 2016, 2018, 2019)
2014 – 2017: Varsity Boys Soccer Assistant Coach (VISAA Division 2 State Champions: 2015, 2016)
2016-2017: Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach
2009-2015: Varsity Boys Basketball Assistant Coach
2011-2014: Co-Ed Varsity Cross County Assistant Coach
2009 – 2012: JV Boys Basketball Head Coach
2010 – 2011: Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach
Coach Ross has B.A.'s in English and Philosophy from Wittenberg University (2009) and a M.S.Ed. in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania (2014). While at Wittenberg, Ronnie played football.
He grew up in Tuscarawas County, Ohio and graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 2005. While there, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He currently lives in Middleburg, VA with his wife, Josie Ross (a rock climbing coach) and his son, Ronnie IV.
Coach Gary Hicklin
Coach Hicklin heads Highland's varsity girls volleyball program. Coach Hicklin's bio is coming soon.
Coach Brian Hooker
Coach Hooker oversees Highland's boys varsity and junior varsity basketball program. Coach Hooker's complete bio is coming soon.
Coach Rich Klares
Coach Klares oversees Highland's boys varsity lacrosse program. Coach Klare's complete bio is coming soon.