Athletic Development

The goal of Charlotte Latin's Athletic Development Program is to produce well-rounded athletes by teaching teens correct movement patterns, improving mobility, implementing injury-prevention exercises and instilling a sense of responsibility for long-term health and well-being.

The athletic development program is open to all Charlotte Latin students in grades 8-12 who are interested in enhancing overall athletic performance. The program is designed to improve the total level of fitness in base movements required by a variety of sports by developing strength, agility, speed, flexibility and endurance. In addition, athletes can work with trainers to develop targeted exercises to focus on a defined goal or sport-specific need.

Student Training
All students may participate in the athletic development program. Using a phased approach, students are introduced to each exercise within the program and trainers work with them to ensure proper form and graduated increases in resistance. Students are always supervised and trainers encourage and support them to set and achieve goals.

In-Season Athletes
Many in-season athletes are in the athletic development program with their team during a coach-designated schedule. Latin's coaches use the program to enhance their athletes' in-season performance. Athletes whose team does not have an in-season program can sign up to come in during a free period, or before or after school, as available.

Out-of-Season Athletes
Athletes often see big gains in all areas of athletic development during off-season training. Our trainers have created a phased approach that allows each athlete to progress at his/her pace while including exercises specific to his/her sport(s).

Athletic Development Staff

David Paige - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach


Coach Paige has been a member of Charlotte Latin's athletic department since 2005, serving initially as the assistant wrestling coach and helping lead the team to six state championships. Prior to Latin, Coach Paige served five years as the head wrestling coach, strength and conditioning coach, and an assistant football coach at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio - his high school alma mater. Coach Paige is a certified strength and conditioning coach who earned his B.A. in history from Ohio University.

Patrick Duffy - Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Patrick DuffyPat joined Charlotte Latin’s coaching staff in 2015 as a member of the varsity football staff, an assistant for the JV boys’ lacrosse team and a strength and conditioning coach. Well-known as Duffy on the Latin campus, Pat graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in biology and went on to earn his doctorate in physical therapy from George Washington University. Prior to Latin, he previously served five years as the head football coach at The Potomac School in MacLean, VA, and taught Accelerated Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. Pat is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is working toward a manual therapy specialist certification.

Whitney Headrick - Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Whitney HedrickWhitney began working at Charlotte Latin in 2015 and enjoys helping students reach their full athletic potential safely. She earned a B.A. in exercise and sports science from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in physical therapy from George Washington University. Whitney worked as a physical therapist at OrthoVirginia physical therapy in Fairfax, VA, before moving to Charlotte. She is certified in integrated dry needling and Graston technique (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization), and is in the process of completing a manual therapy specialization and certification as a strength and conditioning specialist.