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

Jarrett Rice

Position: Assistant Freshman
Email: NA

Joe Troutman

Position: JV Assistant
Email: NA

Zach Hobbs

Position: Varsity Assistant
Email: NA

Daniel Edwards

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Josh Bursynski

Position: Head Freshman
Email: NA

Sam Rushing

Position: JV Head Coach
Email: NA

Aseer Scott

Position: Associate Head Coach/Freshman Coach
Email: NA

Andy Poore

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Chris Gregory

Position: Associate Head Coach/JV 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: Associate Head Coach
Email: NA

Terry Shumpert

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Kayla Dearmond

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Lindsey Behrendt

Position: Asst. Coach
Email: NA

Barry Knight

Position: Head Coach
Email: NA

Maria Grogan

Position: Head Coach
Email: NA

Adam Dowland

Position: Defensive Line Coach / Special Teams Coach
Email: adowland@hotmail.com

Ben Allen

Position: Coach
Email: NA

brad wallace

Position: Freshmen Defensive Line Coach
Email: wallace_services@hotmail.com

Cary White

Position: Director of Football Operations
Email: carywhite@comcast.net

Damio Yancey

Position: Varsity Defensive Backs Coach
Email: listephenson@comcast.net

Daniel Shannon

Position: JV Coach
Email: NA

David Dobbins

Position: Varsity Defensive Back Coach
Email: msu_85@hotmail.com

Derek Ellis

Position: JV Coach
Email: NA

Derek Ellis

Position: Freshmen Offensive Line Coach
Email: ellisderek31@yahoo.com

Joe Troutman

Position: Equipment Manager
Email: dyajackson@gmail.com

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

Steve Etheridge

Position: Offensive Line Coach
Email: setheridgefb@outlook.com

Wes Brown

Position: Freshmen Head Co/Varsity Wide Receivers Coach
Email: brown@mccracken.kyschools.us

Courtney Quinby

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

Nick Mills

Position: Varsity Head Coach Mustang Boys Golf 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

Dan Morehead

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Jay Smith

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

David Chalke

Position: 1st Assitant
Email: NA

Edwin Ortez

Position: Head JV Coach/2nd Assitant
Email: NA

Todd Taber

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

April Freeman

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Shannon Andrews

Position: Goalkeeper Coach
Email: NA

Dale Connor

Position: support staff
Email: NA

David Scheer

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Jim Shoulders

Position: support staff
Email: NA

John Howard

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Molly Hargrove

Position: support staff
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 third year at the helm of the McCracken County men's track & field program will lead the Mustangs into their 2016 season.  Along with serving as the head men's track coach, he teaches physical education at the district's Reidland Elementary School.

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.

In his 16 years of coaching he has accompanied 107 athletes to the KHSAA State Championships coaching 48 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 a certified USA Track & Field Level 1 Coach and USATF & KHSAA Level 2 Track & Cross Country Official.  He is heavily involved in Kentucky's track and xc community having hosted numerous 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 KY Track & Cross Country Coaches Association.

Barry Knight

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

Barry Knight enters his third 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 McCracken County's head men's cross country coach and a Fire Captain with the Paducah Fire Department.  In his first year at the helm, Coach Knight helped men's cross country earn their first team bid to the KHSAA State Meet. 

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.

Michael Jones

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

Michael Jones returns to the McCracken County men's track & field program for his third year as an assistant coach, once again working with the Mustangs' throwing core for the 2016 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. 

Nicole Jones

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Tim Whitis

Position: Head Coach
Email: tim.whitis@mccracken.kyschools.us
I have been a teacher in the McCracken county school system for the past 19 years. I have been coaching Volleyball for the past 10 years. I have been at Lone Oak High School for the past 9 years. I have a wife Anne Marie Whitis which teaches at Lone Oak Elementary and a son Nate Whitis.

Amber Conyea

Position: Varsity Assistant
Email: NA

Ben Crenshaw

Position: Freshman Coach
Email: NA

Hannah Hudson

Position: JV Coach
Email: NA

Jason Nickal

Position: Head Wrestling Coach
Email: jason.nickal@mccracken.kyschools.us

Head Coach Jason Nickal comes to McCracken County High School from Allen, TX. He brings with him 22 years Coaching experience and has guided 6 of his teams to State Championship Titles. Over 40 wrestlers have claimed Individual State Titles under Nickal’s leadership. Coach Nickal lead his teams to an overall 214-24 Dual Record which has earned him eleven different “Coach of the Year” awards; including the National Wrestling Coaches Association State Coach of the year two times and Regional Coach of the Year in 2009.

During his career Nickal has coached multiple High School wrestlers that have earned All-American and National Championship honors in Folk-style, Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Coach Nickal’s son Bo has won multiple National Titles while in High School and youth wrestling. Bo just completed his Freshman year at Penn State University with a 35-2 record and he earned an NCAA Runner-up finish which helped lead the Nittany Lions to the National team Title. 

Coach Nickal also has extensive experience in coaching the International Styles including Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling. He has served as Director and Coach for multiple USA National Teams and has also traveled overseas to International tournaments. Nickal has attended the USA Wrestling Coaches college and is a copper and bronze certified coach.

Jake Landels

Position: Coach
Email: NA
Jake Landels is a graduate of Manitou Springs High School, Colorado where he was a 2x Colorado State Placer and Colorado Freestyle State Champion. In 2010 Landels trained at United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as an 84kg Athlete. While training Landels was coached by Bill Zadick, USA’s National Freestyle Coach and Brandon Slay who was an Olympic Gold medalist.  In 2011 Landels earned wrestling scholarship to attend Lindenwood University where he was 3 year starter and team Captain. Landels earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration 2016. 

Josef Vlach

Position: Coach
Email: NA

Josef Vlach has coached McCracken Wrestling since its start in 2012. He has been the assistant coach of McCracken County Middle School Football for 2 years and has simultaneously coached Lone Oak Youth Football for 6 years. Josef enjoys coaching and hopes to have a positive impact on young athletes.

Josef is a USCG licensed engineer and VP of Engineering at Western Rivers Boat Management. Josef has been married to his wife, Brandi, for 16 years and has three boys, Hunter, Owen and Ryder.

Seth Livingston

Seth Livingston comes to McCracken County High school from Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio TX. While coaching at Churchill Livingston helped lead the school two top ten finishes and earned 2015 NWCA State Assistant Coach of the Year.  While Coaching in Texas Livingston also served as the Central Texas Freestyle & Greco Director as well as Texas National Team Coach.  Livingston also served as assistant wrestling Coach at Bloomington High School, Bloomington IL where he led daily instruction and ran off-season wrestling and strength program. While in Illinois he served on the National Team Coaching staff  was a clinician at several wrestling camps throughout Illinois.

Terrel Wilbourn

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA
Terrel Wilbourn is a graduate of Francis Howell Central HS, Missouri where he was a 3x Missouri State Champion. While in High School Wilbourn won the NHSCA Senior National Championship and the prestigious USA Wrestling Freestyle National Championship.  After High school Wilbourn attended Iowa Central CC and won the NJCAA National Championship. The next season he transferred to Lindenwood University where he became a 3x All-American winning the NCAA DII National Championship and went undefeated his senior year. He was also named Central Region Wrestler of the Year by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.
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