FORK UNION — Fork Union Military Academy announced changes to the postgraduate and prep basketball head coaching roles.
Current prep coach Matt Donohue was promoted to head postgraduate coach. Currently he serves as a teacher in the English department. A 2002 graduate of Longwood University, Donohue has been a member of the FUMA faculty since 2005 and has been an assistant coach with the postgraduate program for several years, under both former head coach Fletcher Arritt and this past season’s coach, Brooks Berry.
In 2010, Coach Donohue coached the prep basketball team to the Virginia Prep League Championship, the first such championship for the FUMA program in the league’s 40-plus year history. He was recognized as this year’s Prep League Coach of the Year for the winter 2012-2013 season.James Pelham was selected to become the new prep coach, following Donohue’s promotion. Pelham attended Fork Union Military Academy as a member of FUMA’s class of 1994, playing postgraduate basketball under Arritt in the 1993-94 season in which the team went 27-2. He played collegiate basketball at James Madison University under another legendary head coach Lefty Driesell, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology in 1999.
He returned to Fork Union as a training, advising and counseling Officer in the Commandant’s Office in 2011 and has been serving as an assistant coach with the postgraduate basketball program the past two years under Arritt and Berry.
Pelham’s coaching experience includes six years at Hopewell High School as head coach of the junior varsity team and assistant coach of the varsity team. He also was an assistant coach with Team Loaded in Petersburg for two years, a team that boasts seven current high major Division 1 players.
The changes started when current postgraduate head coach Berry took the director of athletics job at The Covenant School in March.