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Eric Acra '84 earned his 300th victory as head varsity boys basketball coach on February 6, as the Bulldogs defeated Walsingham Academy 51-15 in Williamsburg.

Acra has been back at Norfolk Academy as a teacher-coach since 1991. He became head coach of the varsity basketball team in 2001. He has led the Bulldogs to two TCIS conference championships and coached a number of student-athletes who went on to play collegiately, including Mark Williams '20, who now plays in the NBA, and David McCormack '18, who helped Kansas win the Division I national championship in 2022 and now plays professionally overseas. 

“Reaching a milestone like this is truly humbling," Acra said. “It provides a chance to look back and appreciate the young men whose commitment and effort made this possible. I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to coach such great young men and work with so many impressive coaches."  

In addition to coaching basketball and teaching Upper School social studies, Acra is an Assistant Director and Dean of Students for the Upper School. He also advises NA's Monogram spirit club and is an assistant coach for the varsity girls tennis team.

He excelled as a student-athlete at NA, helping the Bulldogs win a TCIS basketball title in 1983. He went on Washington and Lee University, where he played four years of varsity baseball and graduated with a degree in political science. He earned his Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University in 1996.

“Eric brings incredible dedication and passion to the court every day," Director of Athletics Chad Byler said. “He demands a lot but the students love playing for him because of his commitment to them and the program."

Congratulations, Coach Acra!  


Eric Acra earned his 300th victory as varsity boys basketball head coach on February 6, 2024.

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