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Coach Mays
Head Coach

MikeMays
Head Coach

Coach Mike Mays has been with the Tennessee High football program since coming over from Volunteer High School in 1999. He coached the defensive backs and was Defensive Coordinator prior to being named Head Coach in 2013. As Head Coach, Coach Mays also coaches the Cornerbacks.   Coach Mays played many sports at Farragut High School in Knoxville and was a four year letterman for the ETSU football team.   He earned a Bachelor's Degree from ETSU, and a Master's Degree and his ED.S from Union College.  He is married to Angie Mays, and is the father of 2 boys, Michael and Mason. He is the former head wrestling coach, and now coordinates the strength and conditioning programs for all of the school's teams. Coach Mays teaches Advanced Physical Education at Tennessee High.


Coach Proffitt
Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks

Wally Proffitt
Offensive Coordinator and Quaterbacks

Coach Wally Proffitt has been a coach for the Vikings for 23 years. Before being named  Offensive Coordinator, Coach Proffitt spent many years coaching quarterbacks and running backs. He continues coaching quarterbacks. Coach Proffitt is one of four coaches that are also former Tennessee High players, where he enjoyed a succesful career at quarterback and defensive back, graduating in '91. After high school, Coach Proffitt earned his Bachelor's Degree from ETSU and Master's Degree from Cumberland University. He and his wife Kara, also a Tennessee High graduate, are the parents of five children, Jackson, Nila, Rhaelyn, Landry, and Hattie.  Coach Proffitt teaches Physical Education at Tennessee High.


Coach Chandler
Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers

Matt Chandler
Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers

Coach Matt Chandler enters his 18th season with the Vikings. Coach Chandler was named Defensive Coordinator in 2013. He continues to coach the inside linebackers. Before coming to Tennessee High, he spent seven years as Defensive Coordinator at Sullivan East and was the Head Coach at John Battle. Coach Chandler graduated from Virginia High, where he was a team captain of the 1987  Region champion football team.  After high school, Coach Chandler played college football at Emory and Henry College.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Emory & Henry, a Master's Degree from Tusculum College, and a second Master's Degree from Union College.  Matt and his wife Tammy have two daughters, Hannah and Abbie. Coach Chandler teaches Driver's Education at Tennessee High.



Coach Dowdell
Offensive Line

DerekDowdell
Offensive Line

Coach Derek Dowdell has coached football at Tennessee High since 1996.   In his 23 years, he has coached both the offensive line and running backs. He currently is the Offensive Line Coach for the Vikings. In his playing days, Coach Dowdell was a running back at Greenbrier High School and Austin Peay State University. Coach Dowdell has a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee. He teaches English at Tennessee High.  Coach Dowdell is married to Allison, and he is also the father of two boys, Trevor and Trent.


 Coach Shanks
Defensive Tackles

Daryl Shanks
Defensive Line

Coach Daryl Shanks has been on the Vikings sideline for 22 years. Coach Shanks coaches the Defensive Tackles. Coach Shanks is a David Crockett High School graduate, where he played offensive and defensive line  for Coach Wampler. While at David Crockett, Coach Shanks earned All-State honors. Along with many of the other coaches, Coach Shanks is a graduate of  ETSU .  He earned a Master's Degree from Union College.   He and his wife, Brooke, have two children, a daughter Taylor, and a son Cooper.  Coach Shanks teaches U.S. History at Tennessee High.


Coach Stubbs
Co-Special Teams Coordinator, Safeties and Outside Linebackers

Brad Stubbs
Co-Special Teams Coordinator, Safeties and Outside Linebackers

Coach Brad Stubbs is in his 14th season on the sidelines of the Viking football team. Before coming to Tennessee High, Coach Stubbs spent three years with the Volunteer High School football team. Coach Stubbs is one of four former Viking players on the coaching staff. His Tennessee High playing career included time at quarterback, running back, and free safety, where he broke, the school record for tackles in a season. After his high school career, he moved on to letter three years for the ETSU football team.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree at ETSU, and his Master's Degree and ED.S at Union College.  Brad is married to Amy Stubbs. They have three daughters, Reagan, Gracie, and Katelyn, and one son, Austin. Coach Stubbs teaches Special Education and is also the sprinters coach for the track team.


Coach Wampler
Running Backs and Special Teams

Mike Wampler
Co-Special Teams Coordinator, Running Backs

Coach Mike Wampler is in his 14th year on the Tennessee High coaching staff. He currently coaches the running backs and special teams. He has also spent time coaching the wide receivers at THS. Coach Wampler has 32 years of coaching experience. He has served as Head Coach at Rye Cove and Sullivan North. He has served as Offensive Coordinator at Anderson County, and has also coached at David Crockett, Gordonsville, and Happy Valley. Coach Wampler is an alumnist of Sullivan North, where he excelled in athletics.  Coach Wampler earned his Bachelor's Degree at ETSU, and his Master's Degree at Union College. He has a daughter Emily,  a son Noah, and a grandson Tripp.  Coach Wampler teaches Physical Education at Tennessee High.


Coach Leonard
Varsity Defensive Ends,  and B Team Defensive Coordinator, pictured with son Cade   

Trea Leonard
Defensive Ends and B Team Defensive Coordinator

Coach Trea Leonard serves as the Defensive Ends Coach for the Vikings. He rejoined the Viking Staff in 2015. He previously coached at Tennessee High and Vance Middle School from 2001-2008 while working on his degree. During that time, he worked at Strongwell and as an Educational Assistant. From 2009-2014 Coach Leonard taught Social Studies and coached football at Volunteer High School. Coach Leonard is one of four former Viking players on the current football coaching staff. He enjoyed an outstanding career in football at THS.   He earned his Bachelor's Degree at ETSU.    Coach Leonard teaches Social Studies at Vance Middle School.  He also coaches softball at Vance.  He and his wife Jessica have a daughter Georgia, and a son Cade.

 
Coach Holt

Varsity Wide Receivers
B Team Offensive Coordinator
B Team QBs and WRs

​Josh Holt
Varsity Wide Receivers
B Team Offensive Coordinator

  Coach Josh Holt enters his second season on the THS Football coaching staff.  Coach Holt coaches the Varsity Wide Receivers,  and he serves as the B Team Offensive Coordinator.   Coach Holt is one of four former Viking players on the coaching staff.  He had an outstanding career for the Viking football and baseball teams.  He also is a Veteran.  He served our country in the United States  Army.    He served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.   Coach Holt has coached at John Battle High School, Holston High School, and Abingdon High School, before returning as a coach  to his alma mater.   He currently teaches Building Trades at Virginia High School.  Coach Holt and his wife Morgan have two sons, Max and Liam.


 



Coach Snyder

B Team Defensive Backs and Running Backs


Cody Snyder
B Team Defensive Backs
B Team Running Backs

Coach Cody Snyder enters his fourth season on the THS Football coaching staff.   Coach Snyder coaches the B-Team Running Backs and Secondary.  He is one of four former Vikings on the coaching staff.  He is a 2010 graduate of THS, where he was a standout athlete in both football and baseball.   Coach Snyder  went on to graduate from King University, where he was an outstanding player on the baseball team.  He also coaches baseball at THS.  Coach Snyder teaches  6th grade at Haynesfield Elementary School.   He is married to the former Moseley King.




Coach Pannell

B Team Linebackers and Offensive Line
Dustin Pannell
B Team Linebackers
B Team Offensive Line

Coach Dustin Pannell begins his third season on the Viking Football coaching staff.  Coach Pannell coaches the B-Team Linebackers and Offensive Line.  He is a native of South Carolina, and graduated from King University.  He had an outstanding career as a pitcher for the Tornado Baseball team.  He also coaches baseball at THS.  Coach Pannell teaches 5th grade at Avoca Elementary School.  He is married to the former Amy Buck.
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