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Athletics Staff

Sarah Rhea

  • Interim Athletic Director
  • Head Cross Country Coach
  • srhea@theacademyok.org

Coach Rhea is in her 8th season as the Griffin Cross Country coach. Sarah also makes her return to the classroom where she teaches Blended PreK at The ACADEMY South campus in addition to her role as Assistant Athletic Director.  

Sarah graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Adult & Higher Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. She attended Weatherford High School where she was class Valedictorian. While there she played basketball, ran Cross Country and Track, winning an Indoor State Championship and multiple Academic State Championship honors.  

Sarah is married to Shawn and they have three children at The Academy ranging from 3rd grade to PreK.

Shawn Rhea

  • Dialectic Boys Basketball Coach

Coach Rhea returns in his role as Junior High boys head coach in 2020 after leading the team to their first HCAA semifinal appearance.  Shawn graduated from Wynnewood  where he played basketball.  He went on to receive an Associates of Arts degree from Central Baptist College in Conway, AR and a Bachelors degree in Organizational Leadership from UCO.  He is currently a Kindergarten teacher in Oklahoma City.  Shawn has a passion for youth athletes and has coached many youth teams ranging in age from 4 years to 8th grade. 

Shawn is married to Cross Country Coach Sarah Rhea and the couple has three children at The ACADEMY. 

Brendan King

  • Assistant Boys Rhetoric Basketball Coach

Coach King is in his second year with The ACADEMY and primarily works with the Griffin guards and wings.  Coach King also serves as the Physical Education instructor at our North Campus.  Brendan graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2020 with a  Sports Management degree. The Grandbury, TX native was a member of the OC Junior Varsity Basketball team and also serves as a coach at Solid Rock Basketball in Edmond.

Brendan was a four-sport varsity athlete as a sophomore competing in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track.  He was All-District Honorable Mention as a Junior and First Team All-District in both football and basketball as a senior.  

Josh Spears

  • Head Track Coach
  • Assistant Cross Country Coach
  • jspears@theacademyok.org

Teaching in the Dialectic and Rhetoric schools for roughly 15 years at The ACADEMY, Coach Spears also serves as Head Track coach in addition to his cross country role, while also serving as Lyceum Director.  He grew up playing and loving sports, especially football and track, and even spent a brief stint on the baseball team at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist where he earned his BA in Theology.  Spears also earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.  

Josh is married to Kirsten and they have four children from high school to preschool.