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It is my pleasure to donate to a cause that John Titus is a part of. I was his School Resource Officer for 6 years and never worked with anyone that was very professional and caring! I was made to feel part of a team that I believe was very successful!
Mark Seymour
Giving back to the man who has given so much!
Joyce Kennedy
Mr. Titus (I still can’t call you by your first name), I’m not sure any words I post here will adequately convey my appreciation for all you’ve done for me. It wasn’t fair to my other bosses that you were the first impression of what a leader could and should be. During my student teaching at Monacan, I’ll never forget seeing you in your full suit on the ground trying to fix the juke box. I said, “Isn’t there someone else to do that?” And you said, “They are busy, and I know the seniors will want to listen to music at lunch.” That, for me, captures how you are a true servant leader; you do what it is you would ask of overs. I couldn’t have picked a better person to be around when I had not 1, not 2, but 3 children. (Yes, I’m still holding at 3!!!) Each time I received an article from you about Michelle Duggar having another child, I smiled. Thank you for inspiring all of us with your wit, candor, and especially your humility. Best always, Sarah Mansfield
Sarah Mansfield
John Titus is a professional in every sense of the word and is unquestionably one of the best school administrators in the field of education. In addition to his professionalism and tremendous leadership skills, he is kind, caring, and compassionate as well. He commanded respect from the entire school community. He made decisions carefully and always put the best interest of students first. I learned a great deal about being a successful school administrator working with John Titus. He had a way of making those with whom he worked want to perform at their highest level and he was quick to acknowledge the hard work, positive contributions, and successes of all those individuals. I think everyone benefitted, at one time or another, from one or more of his wonderful handwritten notes. I have vivid memories of excited students showing me the note they received from Mr. Titus-and occasionally asking me to decipher it for them as his handwriting, while always recognizable, could be a little……
Mary Robinson
difficult to decipher! Those notes made everyone feel special. John also has a wonderful sense of humor. I can remember a number of conversations during which we reflected on a particularly challenging situation, day or week that would end in laughter as John somehow managed to find the humor in the challenge. John had very high standards for himself and for others, and provided an tremendous role model for students and staff. He is an amazing leader and a wonderful man who is truly deserving of acknowledgement and appreciation for all that he has accomplished over his years in education. I will always be grateful for having had the good fortune to work with and learn from John Titus for so many years. He’s definitely “the best”!
Continued from Mary Robinson
Hi John, It appears that you are once again doing good deeds under the shadow of The Clarke Kent(Superman) persona! It is no surprise to me that you would be the force behind the creation of a “first class” baseball facility. I would expect nothing less. While so many of your fans remember your leadership at James River, I want to take this opportunity to share some John Titus moments that some may not know about. I will never forget the the kind handwritten note that you sent to me in Hampton, welcoming me to Chesterfield as the new superintendent. I will forever remember you for your thoughtfulness and the obligatory “purple and green” m&ms! However, I believe my fondest memory of you is seeing you impersonating Michael Jackson at a Senior Class event. A member of your staff sent me the CD……..(continued)
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., Ed.D. 
continued…. The word on the street was that Mr. T  performed a “cool” moonwalk. What made this event so memorable, was the backstory that lead to that performance. Some months earlier the Senior class had acted poorly at a school event with parents and others in attendance. As a result of this uncharacteristic behavior, you suspended Senior Class activities for the spring. Members of the senior class were disappointed, but also very remorseful. When asked by some the seniors if they could have a talent show, you not only said yes, but you also agreed to their request that you dress up as MJ-silver gloves, jacket with glitter, moon walking shoes and classic white socks. Wow! Seeing you on the CD reminded me that you truly are a “student advocate” in every way. Thanks, John, for all that you do to inspire a giving spirit! From a Hokie/Hoo to another Hoo….I am so VERY PROUD of you!      
- Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., Ed.D. - Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Dean School of Continuing & Professional Studies - UVA| SCPS

Coaches Corner

Coach’s Corner:  

Hi! My name is Bryan Hannum and I am the new head baseball coach at James River High School.  Here, I will post my thoughts as I embark on this journey as a high school teacher, baseball coach, and working member of Rapids Baseball Incorporated.

 

February, 2017

My first season as head coach. I am excited, nervous and ready. There has been so much to learn to do this job well and it all is just exciting. I am getting the gear ordered and am excited for our players to come to practice and start to earn their spot. Not just on the field, but as a leader on the team, leader of a practice, a leader in maintaining the locker room and dugout. There is lots of leadership opportunities in this program.

With each win we have, we will identify what we need to do better. Together. With each loss we have, we will learn humility and kick-start the fire for the next win. Win or lose, we will practice leaving it all in the rear view mirror and move on to the next play, hit or game. I can’t wait to meet the new squad later this month and begin the process to build a winning team.

I don’t want us to be given anything: I want us to earn it. New coach, new season, new outlook. It takes a lot to be a part of this program and yet if it comes from the heart, it is not work at all. In preparing for my first season as head coach, I have come to find that my heart is all-in and I love being a coach. I love these guys who have come to winter conditioning – they are working hard and they make me laugh and it is all it should be.

I am excited for a new JV head coach who will help build our team of tomorrow while giving our varsity more depth as may be needed. Coach Pasquantino will add a whole new dimension to the JV players with his past playing and coaching experience. He has me impatient to see what skills and drills he will add to the program.

I am grateful for all the support I have been given and intend to play to win, all season. Please come watch a game and if you tell our concession staff you read my blog, they will give you a piece of bubble gum – to keep or give away. That will tell me you support me in the stands, too.

 

July, 2016

In my first month as head coach we hosted two baseball camps.  It felt so good to be a part of something bigger than just our program. The kids at both camps were awesome and I had as much fun as they did. It reminds me that baseball is supposed to be fun. The minute it becomes work, these kids – or me – need to take a step back and figure out if it is time to move on. If you love what you do, not much about it is work.

So far, I have had fun in most all my roles as head coach and hope that this carries me through the difficult days that likely lie ahead as those are just a part of life, and am sure will be part of my baseball coaching career. I have a lot of goals for the JRHS baseball program and RBI.  I am truly fortunate to have RBI to help shape the program through its upgraded facility and unwavering support for the baseball program needs.

I know I enter as head coach at a time where the bank financing for the building still needs to be paid and the facility needing a face lift after seven years of use, but I embrace the events we will host with support from many parents, players and the RBI Board and other RBI supporters. I think important that our players work to maintain the great facility that former players worked hard to build: that is our responsibility.

I look forward to working with all kids, future baseball players or not, at our youth camps and other events we are planning with other friends and coaches of James River.  I know our players will show great leadership and life skills as we have a week of fun and baseball instruction in any of our camps. Thank you everyone, for your support as I begin my coaching journey at James River!

Bryan Hannum