Henrico Warrior Basketball
 
 

Walt Atwell is in his twelfth season at Henrico High School.  Atwell has extensive experience coaching high school basketball in the Richmond area.  Before moving to Henrico, he worked with Vance Harmon as an assistant coach at Tucker High School from 2001 - 2003.  He served as an assistant coach for the varsity girls team at Godwin High School during the 2000-2001 season.  Before that, he was JV head coach at Tucker High School from 1996 - 1998.  Also, while attending Radford University (‘95), Atwell served as an assistant to the varsity boys team at Radford High School during the 1994-1995 season.


A graduate of Tucker High School (‘91), Atwell earned varsity letters in basketball, baseball, and tennis.  He currently works as the P.E. teacher at Ridge Elementary School, and teaches family life for elementary school boys in Henrico County.  In addition, he is a state trainer for the Virginia Department of Education in Family Life.  Atwell was honored as the 2001 Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year in Henrico County and again as the Teacher of the Year at Ridge Elementary School during the 2009 and the 2014 school year.


Atwell is the proud father of Darby and Barrett Atwell and husband to Monica Atwell.

Walt Atwell


Varsity Assistant Coach




Name: Walt Atwell

Age: 42

Hometown: Richmond, VA

 

This is Blake Choplin’s eleventh season at Henrico, and eleventh season coaching high school basketball.  Choplin spent two seasons as a varsity assistant and three seasons as a JV assistant before becoming JV head coach in the 2010 season.  In his first season as head coach, Choplin lead the Warriors to a 5 - 0 start and an impressive 13 - 3 final record.  This included two wins against Highland Springs (HHS’s first JV victory against the Springers since the 04 season) and one win against a talented John Marshall team.  His second season was a 14 - 6 campaign highlighted by one win against Highland Springs and one against Varina.  He also lead the 2014 JV Warriors to be the top JV team in Henrico history with an undefeated 20-0 season.  His career record is 90 - 22.  His first season at Henrico in 2005 was highlighted with Henrico’s second-ever trip to the State Tournament. 


Before coaching at Henrico, Choplin attended the University of Richmond (‘04) where he earned a degree in psychology and elementary education.  While in school, he worked with the men’s basketball team for four years.  He worked two years with John Beilein (now head coach at University of Michigan) and two years with Jerry Wainwright, including the Spiders’ 2004 NCAA tournament appearance. 


Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Choplin attended Mount Tabor High School (‘99).  In his senior year, he helped the Spartans to the school’s first appearance in the round of 16 in the North Carolina State Tournament.

This season will be Tim Jones eighth as an assistant coach at Henrico.  Jones also has seven years experience coaching AAU basketball and is an accomplished athlete in his own right.  As a professional football player, he spent six years playing arena football with the Richmond Speed and the Richmond Bandits.  Jones, a wartime veteran, also spent two seasons playing basketball professionally in Frankfurt, Germany, after his service in the military. 


As a Henrico graduate (‘89), Jones lays claim to being a member of the only undefeated JV team in Henrico history (21 - 0).  Longtime Henrico coach Guy Davis described him as “One of the top 20 best scorers in Henrico history.” 


Jones advocates for community involvement.  He promotes “A healthy body equals a strong mind, equals a productive citizen”.  He currently runs a non-profit organization called Youth Wellness.

Coaching experience




Henrico Assistant: 12 years

Tucker Assistant: 4 years

Godwin Assistant: 1 year

Radford Assistant: 1 year

 

    Varsity  assistant  Coach




Name: Tim Jones

Age: 42

Hometown: Richmond, VA

 

    JV  head  coach




Name: Blake Choplin

Age: 34

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

 

Blake Choplin

Tim Jones


Varsity Assistant Coach




Name: Lawrence Walden

Age: 47

Hometown: Richmond, VA

 

Coaching experience




Henrico Assistant: 11 years

Atlee Assistant: 3 years

 

Lawrence Walden will be starting his eleventh year as a coach at Henrico and his fourteenth season of coaching high school basketball.  With five years as JV head coach at Henrico, Walden compiled an impressive record including an 18 - 4 record in the 2009 season.  His experience also includes three years as the JV head coach at Atlee High School and two years of coaching AAU with Team Richmond.


Walden also had a distinguished playing career in the Richmond area.  At Highland Springs High School (‘84), he averaged 15 points per game his junior season, 17 points per game his senior season, and was honored by having his name placed on the HSHS Wall of Fame.  He was  selected as all-district his junior and senior seasons, and all-metro his senior season.  He continued his career at Saint Paul’s College (‘89).  He is currently the 5th all-time leading scorer in Saint Paul’s history.  As a senior, he earned 1st team all conference honors in the CIAA.  After college, Walden played 2 years professionally in the GBA and USBL.  He is the father of former Henrico player Kris Walden who is currently playing at Towson University.

Lawrence Walden


Varsity Assistant Coach




Name: Rick Price

Age: 46

Hometown: Montpelier, VA

 

Coaching experience




Henrico Assistant: 3 years

 

Rick Price is in his third season as an assistant coach with Henrico High School.  He began his time at Henrico as a member of the 2012-13 state championship team.  He has extensive experience coaching and as an athlete himself.  Price is a graduate of Caroline High School (’83) where he played football and earned a spot in the VHSL all-star game.  He then attended Virginia Union University where he played football and basketball, followed by a 13 year career in semi-pro football. 


Price has coached football at Atlee High School, basketball at Hanover High School, and is currently a board member for Assist Student Athletes, a non-profit organization that helps student-athletes by assisting with knowledge of NCAA qualifications.


Price is a proud father of three.  His children Jamall, Richelle, and RJ all played sports at the collegiate level.  He has been married for 25 years to his wife Gayle. 

Rick Price

Henrico Men’s Basketball Assistant Coaches

Coaching experience




Henrico Assistant: 11 years

 

Coaching experience




Henrico Assistant: 8 years

 

Varsity Assistant Coach




Name: David Hamlin

Age: 54

Hometown: Richmond, VA

 

Coaching experience




Henrico Assistant: 5 years

AAU (Team Richmond):   10 years

 

In his sixth season at Henrico High School, David Hamlin has 15 years of experience coaching some of the area's finest players with the Team Richmond AAU program. Hamlin worked with many future college standouts, including Tyrese Rice (L.C. Bird/Boston College), Ryan Butler (Douglas Freeman/University of Richmond), Reid Augst (Benedictine/UNC Asheville), Marcus Ginyard (Bishop O'Connell/UNC), Brett James (Mills Godwin/Elon), Chris Harris  (Benedictine/Navy) and Jason Wansley (Henrico/Virginia Union). Team Richmond squads captured three state championships and three national top-10 finishes. Hamlin assisted Warriors coach Vance Harmon when Team Richmond won a state title in 2002. 

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School (1976), Hamlin was part of a Vikings program, coached by Dave Robbins, that won a state championship in 1975.

Hamlin has a degree in Mass Communications from VCU (1981). For much of his professional life, Hamlin was a sports journalist, including a stint at the Richmond Times-Dispatch (1990-2009). He now teaches english as a Second Language (ESL) at James River High School.

Hamlin is married to Deanna Hamlin, and the couple has three grown children (Isaiah, Renee, and Austin) who were standout athletes at Douglas Freeman.

David Hamlin