Track & Field

Head Coach Rennie Atkinson

Rennie Atkinson is entering his 44th year in education and coaching with 16 of those years at FPD. In his career, he has worked at 8 private schools in his native South Carolina and Georgia serving as an athletic director, several positions including head coach in varsity football, as a head basketball coach for both boys and girls for 18 years, head baseball coach for 8 years, and head track coach for 30 years. His teams have won a number of region, area, and state championships.

At FPD now he is the associate athletic director and head coach for middle school football and boys and girls track. His 2019 middle school football team finished undefeated, and the boys track teams have won back to back Area Championships. Coach A, as he is known to his students and players, also teaches AP European History, Honors World History, and American Government. He was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2010 and Star Teacher in 2017. He was previously Tattnall Square Academy’s Star Teacher in 2004. Coach Atkinson’s wife Jan teaches 6th grade at FPD, and they attend Turning Point at Mabel White.

Coach Atkinson has an All Star coaching staff that coaches the Viking and Lady Viking tracksters. Chris Wilson who coordinates training and serves as associate head coach, and April Cassell were previously FPD’s head track coaches during several very successful seasons which included region and area championships. Dick Frame, who handles the hurdlers and is the track’s namesake, Dave Sparrow, who coaches the throwers, and Dr. Steve Noe, who coaches the vaulters, have all produced many state champions and several young men and women who have gone on to coach in perform in college in some of the country’s biggest meets. Christian Baumgarth is in just his second year handling the distance runners and has already shown he is one of the future stars in coaching track.


2021 Track & Field Schedule
Day Date Time Opponents Location
Wednesday 3/3/2021 4:00 PM ACE - Covenant - FCA HOME
Wednesday 3/10/2021 4:00 PM SEA - TSA - M Persons HOME
Wednesday 3/31/2021 4:00 PM M Persons - ACE - Jones HOME
Monday 4/5/2021 3:30 PM Dick Frame Invitational HOME
Wednesday 4/7/2021 4:00 PM SEA - TSA - Bleckley HOME
Wednesday 4/14/2021 4:00 PM MDS - TSA - Jones Cty HOME
Thursday 4/22/2021 9:30 AM AREA MEET HOME
Saturday 5/8/2021 10:30 AM Sectional Meet HOME
Thur - Saturday 5/13/2021 - 5/15/2021 TBD STATE MEET BERRY COLLEGE
2021 Boys Track & Field Roster
Player Year
2021 Track & Field Coaches
Coach Title
Rennie Atkinson Head Coach
Chris Wilson Associate Head Coach - Training and Strategy
April Cassell Assistant Coach
Christian Baumgarth Assistant Coach
Dick Frame Hurdles Coach
Dr. Steve Noe Pole Vault Coach
Dave Sparrow Discuss / Shot Coach