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Tony Zentgraf “No one ever drowned in sweat.”
The Philosopher. Sultan of Swat. A man obsessed with Play. All nicknames for our second generation founder, current director, and baseball coach, Tony Zentgraf. Through over a decade of work as a physical ed teacher he has challenged and encouraged the youth of Albemarle county to play. It all started in Baltimore where his formative years played out like a scene from The Sandlot. With a great leap of faith and incredible talent he left stick ball in the streets for a chance to play for the Wahoos. After his successful baseball career at UVa he continued his education and received a masters degree in physical education. Soon he became the executive director of Camp Holiday Trails, a summer sleep away for kids with physical needs. Following Camp Holiday Trails he turned his tireless work ethic to farming. After a dozen years of raising animals, growing food, and bailing hay and bringing up a family that played the greatest sport invented every summer night, he’d learned how to live the good life. He is currently still running physical education department at Burley Middle School, leads the Burley garden program, coaches baseball, and keeps the tidiest backyard garden you’ve ever seen. As director he does everything from programming to popcorn clean up. His creativity and enthusiasm for play is contagious and a key to life at Camp Wahoo.

Fred Wawner, Director
Hawaii Five-O, Red Hots, Basketball

Fred Wawner is the voice of the operation, holder of official camp time, and father of some of the youngest campers in the history of Wahoo. His stellar high school basketball career at Albermarle catapulted him to play at Lynchburg College and later coach at Miller School. In his ten year stint at Miller School he built a basketball program that would go on to win several state championships and produce many collegiate players. Currently he coaches at Hawaii Prep Academy where he lives with his wife and four kids. Fred’s team spirit and coaching experience is crucial to the unity of the staff, campus safety, and camper engagement.

Kathy Zentgraf, Director: Kitchen, Talent Show
Kathy Zentgraf is owner and operator of Greenies, a mobile vegetarian kitchen. She is a second generation founder and one of the original Camp Wahoo campers. Kathy cooks all the food, supplies canteen snacks, and inevitably teaches a few lessons in dining hall manners. She worked for over 20 years as an English teacher for middle and high school aged kids. As a director she is also head of tshirt design, in house writer and editor, and always the extra set of eyes that keeps kids in line and counselors on their toes.

 Brian Corrigan: Uncle Buck, T-shirts, Lax

One of the second generation founding fathers, Brian Corrigan has brought years of camp director experience and a knack for making hotcakes. Son of original director, Gene Corrigan, Brian spent a lot of his own childhood at the original Camp Wahoo. He now lives in Baltimore Md but makes it out from time to time to coach lacrosse and reminisce.


Lena Zentgraf, lax, gunny sarge, gardening

Lena Zentgraf, daughter of Kathy and Tony and sister of Maggie. She won a state championship in basketball at Charlottesville high school and went on to play lacrosse at Notre Dame. After college she spent years working as a cook, gardener, and coach. As a lead counselor Lena directs programming, counselor responsibilities, and marketing material. She currently lives in Oakland California where she owns her own edible landscaping business, coaches lacrosse, and studies nutrition. She directs the supplemental sessions to round out the Wahoo experience and will head the Wahoo West program offered for the first time in 2014.

Maggie Zentgraf, lax, goof ball, dorm mamma

Maggie Zentgraf, daughter of Kathy and Tony and sister of Lena. She was a standout lacrosse athlete at Charlotesville High School and went on to play and captain at Notre Dame. Since graduating she has worked with the toughest kids in Charlottesville Public Schools and after school programs. Her warm personality and discipline make her the best dorm lieutenant we have. She heads up lacrosse sessions and is often a top finisher in the talent show.

Brian Rutherford, golden gate

Golden gate is a newer addition to the staff but brings the intensity and insanity that we pride ourselves on at CW. All the way from Oakland Ca he heads up our warm up and conditioning segments, creates obstacle courses with found objects, and never misses a chance to compete. He played D2 soccer in college and raced road bikes competitively. He is founder and owner of Eastbay Athletics, a bay area training and adult team sponsorship company. He runs conditioning and strength for both University of Cal lacrosse and Dominican Lacrosse. His all in mentality gets everyone from the best player to the little guy to compete and play fair whenever, wherever.

Clay Wawner, jeremiah johnson

Clay Wawner is younger brother of Fred Wawner. Well you get it by now we are all related. He heads up Farm Camp with Lena Z and is our resident connection to Miller School where he teaches and coaches. Clay was a three sport athlete at Monticello High, played lacrosse at Denison University, and hiked more mountains than just about any guy we know. He spent over 6 years working with kids in an outdoor adventure and rehabilitation setting in Asheville NC. He did a stint in Hawaii where he learned and taught permaculture farming. He now lives in Batesville Va where he continues to work with kids, grow food, and camp outside as much as possible. He brings survival skills, counseling experience, and a ready STANCE ALL DAY.

Maggie Herrick (Myrtle) and Kieth Gromes (KG)

 Key to the operation, energy, and humor necessary to feed the masses three times a day. Maggie lives and works in Batesville as an outdoor education coordinator and Keith helps cook and operate Greenie’s as Mamma Z’s main assistant. They are both skilled counselors with our campers and often called in for back up for the coaching staff. Rumor has it Myrtle made it to the final four in our 2013 badminton tournament, the furthest any kitchen staff has ever made it at Wahoo.

All-Time Great Counselors:

Timmy Smith, Timantha, Rugby,

Gabe Ofiesh – Wall sits for fun!, Soccer

Kevin Hermann- Sunshine, Soccer, Fro-Hawk

Danny Manuel – Everyman, Camp Champ

Sam Hale –  Gentle Giant, Rugby, Frisbee Golf

Charlie Murray – Child Giant, Baseball

Luke Campbell – Slim Jim, Soccer

Patrick Corrigan – Robo Cop, Basketball

Virginia Wawner – Hacksaw Winner, Tennis

Local Coaches:

Steve McNerney – Basketball, Mac of all Trades

Mike Millen – Golf, Mohican upon the Waters

Prabu, Kunal, and Abajiet – Charlottesville Cricket Club, Etiquette

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  1. Connie Lester says:

    My son, Evan, had a fabulous time at Camp Wahoo last summer. He has attended a number of camps over the years and Camp Wahoo tops his list as the best. It offers sports and activities in such a positive and fun way that the kids don’t even realize that they are actually learning and gaining new skills. The Miller School campus is absolutely beautiful and provides the perfect setting for an amazing camp week. Everyone associated with Camp Wahoo was ideal in our eyes as parents and for our camper. We will definitely return this year.

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