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

Mitch Jacobs

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Ronnie Coleman

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

Joshua Barnett

Position: Head Coach
Email: joshua.barnett@mccracken.kyschools.us
The 2013-2014 season will be Coach Barnett's 9th season as a head coach.  Coach Barnett became the Lady Mustangs' head coach after a two year stint at Lone Oak High School where the Lady Flash compiled a 43-24 record.  Barnett teaches students in AP Government and Economics.  He is a native of Lyon County, but now resides in McCracken County with his wife, Karen, and their three children.

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.

mike murphy

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: mike.murphy@mccracken.kyschools.us
Mike Murphy is in his 25th year of teaching and has been coaching in the Lone Oak Schools for the past 27 years in multiple sports.  Most recently he served two years as A.D. for LOHS.  Leading up to this he was involved in girls' basketball for 15 years, 10 years at the high school level and 5 as Head Coach where his last team was District Champions finishing 22-9.  He and his wife Tracy, recently celebrated their 31st anniversary and have two children, Morgan (23) and Sean (19).  His thoughts are that coaching at McCracken County High School is a great opportunity and he is looking forward to meeting the challenges it presents.  Favorite Quote: "It is never the wrong time to do the right thing."

Sheri Tilford

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: sheri.tilford@mccracken.kyschools.us
Coach Tilford is a graduate of Reidland High School where she is the second all time leading scorer in the school's history.  She is currently a teacher at Heath Middle School, where she has taught the last four years.  Sheri is married to Cory Tilford and has two girls Kalli Harris and Camryn Tilford, who are freshman at MCHS.  Her coaching experience involves being an assistant basketball coach for Reidland from 2008-2010 and Heath Middle School's seventh grade coach in the 2012-2013 season.  She also helps with the MCHS softball team.

Lindsey Behrendt

Position: Asst. Coach
Email: NA

Kristopher Durfee

Position: Head Coach
Email: kristopher.durfee@mccracken.kyschools.us

Jack Haskins

Position: Head Coach
Email: orville.haskins@mccracken.kyschools.us
Jack Haskins has lead the Purple Flash for the last nine years. He has twice led the Purple Flash to the Class 4A State Championship Game in 2007 and 2009, and lead the Heath Pirates to a state runner-up in 1975. Coach Haskins holds the Lone Oak record for most coaching wins as well as highest winning percentage.

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

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.

Nicholas Lahr

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Shannon Andrews

Position: Assistant 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.

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.

David Chalke

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Edwin Ortez

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Zach Wren

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

David Scheer

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

John Howard

Position: Assistant Coach
Email: NA

Jason Cravens

Position: Head Coach
Email: swimpst@gmail.com

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 comes as a welcome addition to the McCracken County men's track & field staff where he'll serve as assistant coach with a focus on building the Mustangs' distance running program for the 2014 season.  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.

Michael Jones

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

McCracken County men's track & field is thrilled to welcome Michael Jones to the program as a volunteer assistant coach set to work with the Mustangs' throwing core for the 2014 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 returned to the Paducah Schools to work with the Tornado League football & baseball programs for 4 years, and more recently assisted with McCracken Co. athletics serving 2 years with the Lone Oak 6th grade football program and assisted with Lone Oak High School's track & field team last season. 

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

Jeffrey Gentry

Position: Coach
Email: jgentry6@murraystate.edu

John Adams III

Position: Head Coach
Email: john.adams@mccracken.kyschools.us
John Adams III is a Business Education Teacher at McCracken Co High School.  Coach Adams has spent the past two years at Heath High School, where he taught Business Education courses for 2011-2012 school  year, and served as the Assistant Principal during the 2012-2013 school year. Coach Adams was formerly the Head Wrestling Coach at Christian County High School.  During his tenure as a wrestling coach at Christian Co, the wrestling program was the 2001 District  Champions and the 2002 Regional Champions.  Also, he coached 3 individual State Champions, 4 individual State Runner-ups, and 20 State Placers.

Coach Adams is married to Jennifer Adams and they have 3 children (Sarah, Meghan, and JT).

Josef Vlach

Position: Coach
Email: NA

Tim Morthland

Position: Coach
Email: NA
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