Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Our forward-looking leadership team is made up of dedicated, focused and experienced educational professionals.

  • Darryl Free
    Darryl Free
    Headmaster & Boys Basketball Coach

    Leading Hooper since: 2023

    Colleges/Universities Attended: Southern New Hampshire University, Troy University

    Degree(s) Held: B.S. Business/Sports Management, M.S. Sport & Fitness Administration/Management

    Montgomery Advertiser’s 2023 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year (AISA-7A classifications)

    2023 Alabama Sports Writers Assoc. AISA Basketball Coach of the Year

    email: dfree@hooperacademy.org

  • Dusty Baker
    Dusty Baker
    Athletic Director/Assistant Head of School

    Colleges/Universities Attended: Auburn University-Montgomery

    Degree(s) Held: BS in Physical Education

    email: dbaker@hooperacademy.org

  • Renee Nelson
    Renee Nelson
    Guidance Counselor | 7th, 8th, 9th English

    Teaching Assignment: 7th, 8th, 9th English

    Teaching at Hooper since: 1998

    Colleges/Universities Attended: Troy University, Alabama State University

    Degree(s) Held: BS English/History, MS English Education


    email: rnelson@hooperacademy.org

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