Dr. Nancy Graham begins her sixth year at Naples High School having worked with middle and high school students since 1979. Since coming to Naples High School Dr. Graham has challenged and encouraged students and staff to learn and grow while they are here. In addition to serving as principal, Dr. Graham is a mentor to other Collier County administrators new in their position and participated in the Strategic Planning process for the school district. She is also actively involved in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Naples and its Board, a member of her church’s choir, and a Leadership Collier graduate (Class of 2011). Dr. Graham remains most enthusiastic about her work with high school students whom she enjoys because “they know everything”! Dr. Graham earned her bachelor’s degree in English/Secondary Education from Taylor University and master’s and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. During her career as an educator, Dr. Graham has held a variety of roles including high school English teacher, middle and high school principal, supervisor of high school principals, and Director for Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Planning. Dr. Graham is excited about the current success of Naples High School while she remains focused on what it is yet to be! She is proud that Naples High School is recognized by the Washington Post as one of the top Public High Schools in America. Dr. Graham knows that there are only two kinds of people in the world… and she is excited to be a Golden Eagle!
Ernie Modugno is beginning his 23rd year as the Athletic Director and Activities Director at Naples High School. Before becoming AD, Mr. Modugno taught social studies at NHS and in 1988 was the recipient of the NSDAR State of Florida American History Teacher of the Year award. In 1981 he became the first boys’ varsity soccer head coach at Naples High School as well as coach of the boys’ tennis team and an assistant coach in the Golden Eagle football program.
During Mr. Modugno’s tenure as the Athletic Director at Naples High School, Golden Eagle athletic teams have achieved 120 District championships, 53 Region championships, 30 State championships, and two National championships. Naples High School is regularly among the top, or THE top performing high school among public high school athletic programs in the FHSAA’s (Florida High School Athletic Association) annual All-Sports competition and during the 2008-09 school year, ESPN ranked Naples High School as the #16 best high school athletic program in the United States and the # 1 high school athletic program among all schools (both public and private) in the state of Florida. Many Naples High School athletic teams are also regularly among or THE top performing athletic team in the state in the FHSAA’s Academic Team Champion Awards program—which ranks athletic teams in all sports based on team cumulative grade point averages. It should also be noted that since 1988 close to 250 Naples High School student-athletes have gone on to participate in athletics at the intercollegiate level and many coaches in a variety sports have earned local, state, and even national recognition.
Mr. Modugno is active in the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA) and from 2006-2009 he served as a Board Member on the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association’s) Board of Directors. He has earned B.A.’s in both history and education and a Master’s Degree in Ed Leadership, all from the University of South Florida.
Robert (Bob) Bowe was the Golden Eagles’ head wrestling coach for six years from 2003 until 2009. Before teaching and coaching at Naples High, Bob was the Dean of Students in Kenosha, Wisconsin, were he was the head wrestling coach for over 30 years. Bob currently teaches at Mike Davis Elementary School. Career coaching highlights include winning a wrestling team State Championship in 1978, and coaching twelve individual State Champions and many place winners. Coach Bowe’s teams won 16 Milwaukee area Conference titles, 10 Sectional crowns and 8 Regional championships. Bob finished his coaching career with 299 wins and 59 losses. He was elected to the Kenosha Unified Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and also the St. Joseph High School Hall of Fame in 2000. Bob also received the Distinguished Service Award for his role as a leader in the Dean of Students program. In 1992 Bob received the Mayor and School Board Award for saving the life of a student. Bob has an extensive background in athletic event organization, serving as the tournament manager of countless Regional, Sectional, and Conference events in Wisconsin, and he has also been a State Finals wrestling official on many occasions. Bob’s spouse Mary is a teacher in the ESE Department at NHS. They have one son who is also a teacher and a football and wrestling coach in Greenville, SC.
Trish Hendry is beginning her fifth year at Naples High School as the athletic/activities office assistant. She works with coaches, club and class sponsors, and student-athletes and their parents to provide the best possible support and service for all. Her duties are varied but include: preparing and maintaining the online eligibility database for all NHS athletes, processing all athletic and non-athletic, extra and co-curricular transportation requests for coaches and sponsors (school buses, charter buses and activity vans), preparing and maintaining accurate and up-to-date sports rosters for all sports teams, maintaining accurate and up-to-date physical, insurance, academic eligibility and parent consent information for all student-athletes, processing all reserved seat season ticket sales every football season, preparing game-day programs for non-football sports teams, preparing all athletic awards (letters, pins plaques, and certificates, etc.) for all NHS sports teams, and assisting in the coordination of all school facilities usage. Trish’s daughter Tori is a senior this year at Naples High School. Trish is excited and proud to be a part of the Golden Eagle family and is looking forward to yet another exciting year of Naples High athletics and activities! Go Eagles!!