STAFF MEMBERS

John Lovell

Position: Director
Email: john.lovell@mccracken.kyschools.us
Hired as the new director of bands at McCracken County High School in July 2014

Brandon Braboy

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Daniel Edwards

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Josh Byrd

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Michael Edwards

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Sam Rushing

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Scott Matlock

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Tyler Pittman

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Scott Sivills

Position: Head Coach
Email: NA

Andy Poore

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Chris Gregory

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: christopher.gregory@mccracken.kyschools.us
My name is Chris Gregory and I am a Moderate to Severe Disabilities Special Education Teacher at McCracken County High School. This is my sixth year teaching and my eighth year coaching Girls Basketball. I have also spent time as Boys and Girls Golf Coach and as a Softball Coach. My wife, Ashlee and I have been married for six years and have two children Brently (4) and Miller (2). I am excited at the possibilities that coaching Girls Basketball at McCracken County presents.

Chris Jones

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Terry Shumpert

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Lindsey Behrendt

Position: Asst. Coach
Email: NA

Barry Knight

Position: Head Coach
Email: NA

Lindsay Zeiler

Position: Head Coach
Email: NA

Ben Allen

Position: Coach
Email: NA

Daniel Shannon

Position: JV Coach
Email: NA

Derek Ellis

Position: JV Coach
Email: NA

Lenny Jezik

Position: Defensive Line Coach
Email: NA

Nathan Torrian

Position: Strength & Conditioning Coach
Email: NA

Pat Stephenson

Position: Freshman Special Teams Coordinator
Email: NA

Shane Jones

Position: Freshman Assistant Head Coach
Email: NA

Courtney Quinby

Position: Varsity Head Coach Mustang Girls Golf Team
Email: NA

Nick Mills

Position: Varsity Head Coach Mustang Boys Golf Team
Email: NA

Harris Chelsea

Position: JV Head Coach Mustang girls Team
Email: NA

Barry Kight

Position: Varsity Assistant Coach Mustang Boys Team
Email: NA

Chris Hunkler

Position: JV Head Coach Mustang Boys Team
Email: NA

Todd Trimble

Position: Varsity Assistant Coach Mustang Girls Team
Email: NA

Jeff Hill

Position: Head Coach
Email: marley3472@yahoo.com

Jeff Hill is a graduate of Reidland High School('90) and was a member of their charter soccer team formed in 1987. He played for the first 3 seasons after the program was founded, during which the Greyhounds won the first 2 district championships for District 1. He has also played for West Ky United, Murray State Soccer Club, and Nashville Metros Semi-Pro Club.

Coach Hill is in his 19th season of coaching high school soccer. He has served as a head coach for 10 seasons at Reidland HS and Paducah Tilghman HS boys soccer programs. He has also served as an assistant coach for 6 seasons with Murray HS and Lone Oak HS girls programs and also served as goalkeeper coach for Reidland HS boys program for 2 seasons. He has coached teams to 7 district championships, 1 regional championship, 1 state quarterfinal appearance, 3 regional runner-ups, and 13 regional tournament appearances.

Coach Hill is married to Stacey (Faulkner) Hill and they a have a son, Jackson, who attends Lone Oak Elementary School.

Michael Wiersema

Position: Head Coach
Email: michael.wiersema@mccracken.kyschools.us
Michael Alan Wiersema

CAREER EXPERIENCE
Central Hardin High School, KY
• Head Boys’ Soccer Coach
- Built a state-competitive boys’ soccer team at a school that had never fielded a
state play-off team
- Coached team to 3 state berths and 3 regional titles
- Earned career’s 500th win
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Ux6Z-pKiw
- 2013 Kentucky Large-School Coach of The Year
- High School Awards coordinator for the NSCAA Ethics Committee, awarding
high school teams with outstanding Ethics and Sportsmanship
Olympic Development Program
• State Coach (Kentucky, South Carolina, West Virginia)
• Region III Staff Coach
Allen High School, TX
• Head Boys’ Soccer Coach
- Earned the team’s first district championship in over 10 years
- Led the team to Sweet 16 three times
- Supervised a 6-person staff
• Head Girls’ Soccer Coach
- Stepped in as girls’ head coach, guiding team to a district championship
- Coached boys and girls concurrently in the same season
- Headed a total of 6 teams
- Led the team to a #2 national ranking
Bible Study Fellowship, TX
• Teaching Leader (Dallas)
- Trained 50 small group leaders
- Taught between 250- 500 men weekly
• Children’s Leader (Abilene, Richardson)
Abilene High School, TX
• Head Boys Soccer Coach
• Head Boys Cross Country Coach
The Hammond School, SC
• Head Boys’ Soccer Coach
Alderson-Broaddus College, WV
• Head Men’s Soccer Coach
The Baylor School, TN
• Head Boys’ Soccer Coach
• First Girls’ Soccer Coach
• “A” & National Youth Licenses
National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America
• Premier & Advanced National Diplomas
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
• Masters in Education
• Secondary Physical Education
Covenant College, GA
• Bachelor of Arts
• Major: Physical Education
Kentucky High School Soccer
• “2013 Men’s Large School Coach of the Year”
Elizabethtown News Enterprise
• 3-time “All-Area Boy’s Soccer Coach of the Year"
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWV8Aomek6E&feature=youtu.be)
Texas High School Soccer Coaches’ Association (TASCO)
• Board Member
Region 1 (Fort Worth – El Paso)
• “Soccer Coach of the Year”
Region 2 (Dallas - Houston)
• “Soccer Coach of the Year”
Dallas Morning News
• “Soccer Coach of the Year”
State of Tennessee
• “Boys’ High School Soccer Coach of the Year”
Chattanooga News Free Press
• 4-time “Boys Soccer Coach of the Year”

David Chalke

Position: 1st Assitant
Email: NA
Doctor of Chiropractic, NUCCA practitioner (gentle/specific spinal care)
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach for McCracken Co. High School Charter Team 2013
PAO Club Soccer Coach
Head Coach of Reidland High School Men's Soccer Team 2008-2012
USSF  D License
Georgetown College student assistant coach 96
Georgetown College Scholarship Soccer player 94,95
Western Kentucky University Scholarship Soccer player 92,93
Nashville Metro's Semi Pro Soccer Team member 91,92
ALL-State Soccer Team, first team, 92  Reidland High School
Charter Member for Reidland High School Soccer 1987

Edwin Ortez

Position: Head JV Coach/2nd Assitant
Email: NA
Head j/v  Men's soccer coach McCracken county high school 12-14
* McCracken  county high school j/v shootout champions 12-14

head Boy's soccer coach Heath Middle School 12-14
* 14-15 district champions

College scholarship soccer player 08-09

Mansfield Summit high school varsity soccer 04-07
* 04-05 District Champions 
*06-07 District Champions 
*3 year varsity player
*1st and 2nd team all district and region player 04-07

First division classic league club soccer
* Tejanos soccer club
* Texas lightning soccer club
* F.C. Dallas

Marco Arreaza

Position: Keeper coach/3rd Assistant
Email: NA
Certified Parisi Speed/Agility School Coach
Volunteer Men's Soccer Coach for McCracken Co. High School '13-14
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach for Heath Middle School '14-15
Mid-Continent University Scholarship Soccer player '13
Lone Oak High School Men's Varsity Soccer player '07-11
All-District Team '10-11    All-Region Team '11     
Whaler's Catch FC 93 Men's Soccer Player '06-10

Todd Taber

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Todd Taber is entering his 8th season as an assistant coach at the high school level. He coached the men’s team at Paducah Tilghman High School for 2 seasons before heading to his alma mater, Reidland High School. Todd coached the men’s team at Reidland High School for the previous 5 seasons. Todd has also coached various age levels for both boys and girls recreational soccer since 2001. 

Todd began playing soccer at the age of 4 in China Lake, CA and has been playing ever since. After moving to Kentucky in 1986, Todd became a member of the “Sting” club team from 1986-1989. In 1989, the team placed 2nd in the State Cup. Todd also played for West Kentucky United FC from 1989-1991.

Todd was a member of the Reidland Greyhounds for 4 years. During that time, Reidland won 3 consecutive District Championships (1988-1990) and 1 District Runner-up (1991). During his senior year, the team set a school record with 12 consecutive wins and achieved a #5 ranking in the KHSAA polls.

Todd is married to Betsy Taber and their daughter Sydney attends McCracken County High School. He is excited to be a member of the charter team for the new McCracken High School and looks forward to the upcoming season.

April Freeman

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Shannon Andrews

Position: Goalkeeper Coach
Email: NA

Coach Andrews comes to the Mustang program with 16 years experience as a coach. He has a wealth of experience gained coaching youth, competitive, middle school and high school (both junior varsity and varsity, men and women’s )  soccer.  He was most recently the women’s varsity coach at Lone Oak high school, where he led the Lady Flash to three district finals and three regional appearances in four years, garnering a district championship in 2011. 

Coach Andrews also has experience as a referee, worked with youth soccer administration as McCracken County Youth Soccer’s competitive team director for 3 years, and was vice president of Lone Oak Soccer Boosters for two years.  He Holds a USSF “E” coaching certificate.

In addition to his soccer experience, Coach Andrews has coached  basketball at various levels, most recently as Lone Oak’s freshmen women’s coach during the school’s final two years.

David Scheer

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

John Howard

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Lance Bowman

Position: Head Coach
Email: Lancebowman@comcast.net

Steven "Vito" Spadafino

Position: Head Coach
Email: steven.spadafino@mccracken.kyschools.us
Steven "Vito" Spadafino in his second year at the helm of the McCracken County men's track & field program will lead the Mustangs into their 2015 season.  Along with serving as the head men's track coach, he teaches elementary and middle school physical education at the district's Reidland schools.

Coach Spadafino is a graduate of Murray State University where he earned his B.S. in Physical Education & Outdoor Recreation and has a Masters Degree in Education Administration & Supervision from the University of Tennessee-Martin.  His professional experience includes thirteen years at Fulton County Schools where he served as assistant principal, athletic director, physical education teacher and was head coach for track & field, cross country, and middle school football.

He has accompanied 100 athletes to KHSAA State Championships coaching 46 place winners and 3 State Champions including 14x State Champion & AAU National Triple Jump Champion, Sharika Smith.  In 2007 he was the KTCCCA Area 1 Girls Track "Coach of the Year" after his team earned Regional Runner-up and a 4th Place team finish at State.  Coach Spadafino is heavily involved in Kentucky's track and xc community having hosted indoor and outdoor track & cross country meets including several regional championships.  He also serves on the KHSAA Track & Cross Country Advisory Committee and has been an Area 1 Rep. and 2nd Vice President for the KTCCCA, and is currently a certified USATF and KHSAA Level 2 Track & XC Official.

Barry Knight

Position: Assistant Coach (Distance)
Email: triknight41@yahoo.com

Barry Knight enters his second season with the McCracken County men's track & field program serving as the team's assistant coach with a focus on building the Mustangs' distance running core.  Along with coaching track & field, Coach Knight is a Fire Captain with the Paducah Fire Department.

A graduate of Calloway County High School and Murray State University he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Outdoor Recreation and minored in Criminal Justice while competing as part of the Racers' cross country and track & field programs.  As an athlete, he was a 4 year varsity letterman for both the Lakers and Racers.  Having earned All-American honors 15 times, Coach Knight is also a National Champion Triathlete, and volunteers with the Mustang cross country programs in the fall.

Michael Jones

Position: Assistant Coach (Throws)
Email: michaels.jones46@yahoo.com

Michael Jones returns to the McCracken County men's track & field program as an assistant coach, once again working with the Mustangs' throwing core for the 2015 season.  A Paducah native, Mike is a graduate of Tilghman High School where he participated in football and track all four years.  He earned All State Honorable Mention as a nose guard for the Blue Tornado in football and was State Runner-up in the shot put throwing a school record 57 ft. ! 

After high school he attended Southern Illinois University before beginning a career with Crouse Corporation where he currently works in boat & barge maintenance.  Coach Jones brings to the table experience in coaching fundamental sports skills.  He has worked with the Paducah Tornado League football & baseball programs for 4 years.  He also assisted with the Lone Oak 6th grade football program for 2 years and the Lone Oak High School track & field team for 1.  More recently, Coach Jones has assisted the McCracken Co. freshman & JV football teams this past fall. 

Nicole Jones

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Tim Whitis

Position: Head Coach
Email: tim.whitis@mccracken.kyschools.us
Tim Whitis is a physical education and health teacher in McCracken County Schools. Coach Whitis has been the head volleyball coach at Lone Oak High School for the last nine years and is also a founding member of the Western KY Volleyball Club, Director of McCracken County Youth League Volleyball and established a Middle School volleyball league for Western Kentucky.

Amber Conyea

Position: Varsity Assistant
Email: NA

Hannah Hudson

Position: Freshman Coach
Email: NA

Lonna Starnes

Position: Coach
Email: NA

Ben Allen

Position: Coach
Email: NA

Brad Wallace

Position: Coach
Email: NA

Cody Coomes

Position: Coach
Email: cody.coomes@mccracken.kyschools.us

John Adams III

Position: Head Coach
Email: john.adams@mccracken.kyschools.us

Josef Vlach

Position: Coach
Email: NA
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