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

Shawn Jackson

Position: Head Coach
Email: shawn.jackson@mccracken.kyschools.us

This is Coach Jackson's inaugural season with the McCracken County Mustangs football program. He began coaching  in 2001 at Hayti (MO) High School as Offensive Coordinator and in two seasons they won two Conference, District & Sectional titles, as well as Semifinals and a State Finalist title.  In his 15 year coaching career at various institutions, Shawn has been a Head Coach, an Offensive Recruiting Coordinator, Receivers Coach, Director of Performance and a Director of Football Recruiting at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Most recently Coach Jackson was at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, GA. where the team was a State Quarter Finalist for the first time in 40 years.

Coach Jackson's experience has earned him the 2005 Southeast Missouri "Coach of the Year" award, and Hayti High School; the Southeast Missouri Conference Championship title. While at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO. his team won the Heart of America Championship title and the National Top 10 Offensive title in All Offensive Categories. In his head coaching position with the Rebels at Obion County Central High School from 2008-2012, the Rebels broke a 20 game losing streak, scored the most points in a playoff game beating the school history and had only their 10th winning season since 1961.  Jackson led the Rebels in back to back playoff appearances in 2010 while the team took the lead in passing and total offense in the Conference. He initiated the 1st Annual Ross Shelton "Be an 11" Scholarship Award that gave four seniors a football scholarship to aid in furthering their scholastic careers. In his football career, Coach Jackson has sent almost 40 players to college on football scholarships. He and his wife Abbie have 3 sons.

Adam Dowland

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

Adam is beginning his first season with the Mustangs. He is a 2003 graduate of Greenfield (TN) High School. Coach Dowland played baseball and football and  along with his teammates; they made multiple winning trips to district, regional and state level events in both sports.

Dowland attended and played football at UT-Martin until 2007. During his college career, he was a student assistant for the football team, and a volunteer assistant coach at both Fulton City High and Greenfield High School.  Coach Dowland  continued his coaching experience  at Obion County High School with  coordinating special teams and the defensive line. In 2011 the Obion County team had the best season in school history with a 10-3 record and only giving up 9.3 points a game. Most recently he was defensive and special teams coordinator at Lake County (TN) High School.

Ben Allen

Position: Coach
Email: NA

brad wallace

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

Brad is a 1992 graduate of Heath High School and a 1998 graduate from the Dept of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, KY. After graduation he served as Deputy Sheriff in Logan County until 2002, then returned to Paducah to serve as a Deputy Sheriff for McCracken County Sheriff's Dept. Wallace retired as a Sgt. from the department in 2010. 

He started coaching football at Heath Middle School in 2010 as an Offensive line coach and from 2011 until the MCHS consolidation, he was the the Defensive Backs coach at Heath High School under Coach John Adams.  Coach Wallace was a OL/DL coach with the Mustangs in 2013 and is back with the team for a 2nd season.  Brad is married to wife Anne and has 4 children, Jeffrey 17, Beau 16, Cameron 14, and Abbigale 12.

Cary White

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

Cary is a 1986 graduate of Lone Oak High School and played football, basketball and baseball for the Flash then attended WKU in Bowling Green. For 13 seasons he was Offensive Coordinator for the LOMS football team. White came to MCHS in 2013 to become the Freshman football Head Coach for two seasons and is now the Director of Football Operations for the Mustangs

2015 McCracken Co. High School Director of Football Operations

2013-14   McCracken Co. High School Freshmen Football Head Coach

1999-2012  Lone Oak Middle School Football Offensive Coordinator

1986 Lone Oak High School Graduate:  4 years of football, baseball for 4 years and basketball 2 years.

Damio Yancey

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

Damio is a 2001 graduate from Lake County High School in Tiptonville, TN.

In 2012 he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Sports Management. He began his coaching career at Lake County (TN) High School in the 2012 season and is currently  Cornerbacks coach for the Mustangs with his first season.

Daniel Shannon

Position: JV Coach
Email: NA

David Dobbins

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

David Dobbins is in his second stint as the defensive backs coach at McCracken County High School.  He led the defensive backs during the 2013-2014 season where they pulled in approximately 22 interceptions as a unit.  Dobbins enjoys coaching and looks forward to the challenge of positively developing the young men both on and off the field.

Dobbins’ college career started at the University of Tennessee-Martin.  He played football during the 1999-2000 seasons where he served as the sophomore team captain.  Dobbins was also selected in the spring of 2001 as an Outstanding Football Student Athlete.  He transferred to Foothill College for the 2001 season.  He was a member of the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl Champions where the Foothill College Owls finished the year ranked 20th nationally in NJCAA.  He earned an associate degree from Foothill College and then transferred to Murray State University to complete his undergraduate studies in business administration.  He played wide receiver while at Murray State and was a member of the 2002 Ohio Valley Conference Champions where the Racers finished the year ranked 20th nationally in NCAA D1-AA.

Dobbins serves as a volunteer at Southern Illinois University’s Elite Football camp and the George Wilson S.A.F.E.T.Y Foundation Sports Fest. 

Dobbins is a Paducah native. He played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track for Paducah Tilghman High School.

David Dobbins is a member at Reidland church of Christ.  He is married to Charidy.  

Derek Ellis

Position: JV Coach
Email: NA

Derek Ellis

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

2013 - Present JV Head Coach

2012 - Assistant Head Coach Reidland High School / JV Head Coach

2005 - 2007 - Assistant at Camp Lejeune High School, North Carolina

Jeff Cima

Position: Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Email: jeff.cima@mccracken.kyschools.us

Coach Cima is in his 2nd year as Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach with the Mustangs.   Cima has 27 years of coaching experience, with 22 years being a Coordinator.  Coach Cima worked 8 years at Carterville High School and 12 years at Marion High School, both in Illinois.  He won a State Title in 1996, made 2 semi-final appearances, four quarterfinal appearances, and won 13 conference titles.

Coach Cima has been married 27 years to his wife Lauralyn.  They have to children, Derek, 23 and Devyn, 19. 

Jeffery Sturm

Position: Wide Receivers Assistant Coach
Email: jeffery.sturm@mccracken.kyschools.us
Coach Sturm has been a teacher and coach in McCracken County for five years.  This will be Coach Sturm’s first year coaching football at McCracken County.  Prior to coaching football Coach Sturm was a cross country coach for five years, and is currently an assistant with the boys basketball team at McCracken County. Prior to becoming a teacher, Coach Sturm was a student athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky where he worked with the football, basketball, and baseball teams.  He also spent two summers interning with the Denver Broncos.  Coach Sturm and his wife, Amanda, live in Paducah with their two year old son. 

Joe Troutman

Position: Equipment Manager
Email: dyajackson@gmail.com

Kelly Glass

Position: Assistant Head Coach / Safety’s
Email: kelly.glass@mccracken.kyschools.us

Coach Glass is beginning his 3rd season in this position with the Mustang football program. Before coming to coach at McCracken County High School, he served for 27 years as  Athletic Director, Dean of students and Head football coach at Massac Co. High School.  Coach Glass was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Association "Hall of Fame" in 2007.

He and his wife Cathe have two sons Toby & Jake, daughter McKense and three grandchildren Riley, Piper & Samuel; along with his wonderful parents Wayne and Sue Glass.  "Thank you God for blessing us!!"

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
Steven Etheridge begins his first year as the offensive line coach for the Mustangs. Prior to arriving at MCHS, Coach Etheridge spent the last four years serving as the offensive line coach for his alma mater at MacMurray College in central IL. Before beginning his coaching career at MacMurray, Coach Etheridge was a three year starter on the offensive line for the Highlanders, in which he earned All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors. Coach Etheridge holds a B.S. in Physical Education from MacMurray College and a M.S. in Sport Management from American Public University. Coach Etheridge is excited to join the McCracken County football program.

Wes Brown

Position: Freshmen Head Co/Varsity Wide Receivers Coach
Email: brown@mccracken.kyschools.us
Wes is a 2006 graduate of Heath High School. His football coaching career began in the fall of 2006 with the Pirates under Coach Butch Edwards.  In 2009 he started coaching at Lone Oak High School under Coach Jack Haskins and through the consolidation phase of MCHS. Wes is employed at Heath Middle School as the In-School Detention Proctor and is the Wide Receivers coach with the Mustangs.

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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