Coaches

Mike Mays Head Coach
Head Coach

Mike Mays
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 oversees the secondary and also helps coach the Offensive Line.   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.  He led the 2019 Vikings to the Mountain Lake Conference Championship


Wally Proffitt Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks

Wally Proffitt
Offensive Coordinator and Quaterbacks

Coach Wally Proffitt has been a coach for the Vikings for 24 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.


Defensive Coordinator Matt Chandler
Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers

Matt Chandler
Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers

Coach Matt Chandler enters his 20th 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.



Derek Dowdell Offensive Line
Offensive Line

Derek Dowdell
Running Backs

Coach Derek Dowdell has coached football at Tennessee High since 1996.   In his 25 years, he has coached both the offensive line and running backs. He currently is the Running Backs 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.


Darryl Shanks Defensive Line
Defensive Tackles

Daryl Shanks
Defensive Line

Coach Daryl Shanks has been on the Vikings sideline for 24 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
  Safeties, Special Teams, and B Team Defensive Coordinator

John Ellis Davis
Safeties, Special Teams and B Team Defensive Coordinator

Coach John Ellis Davis begins his 2nd year of his second stint at Tennessee High.  He coaches Safeties, Special Teams, and is the B Team Defensive Coordinator.  He returned to THS after coaching 3 years at East Tennessee State University.   He served one year under Head Coach Carl Torbush, and 2 years under Head Coach Randy Sanders.  At ETSU, Coach Davis served as the Defensive Quality Control Coach. and also helped coach the secondary.  While with the Bucs Coach Davis assisted in the development of All Southern Conference Cornerback Jeremy Lewis in 2018, and All Southern Conference and All-American Safeties Tyree Robinson (2018) and Artevius Smith (2019).  He was also a part of the 2018 Southern Conference Championship and playoff squad.  Previously Coach Davis coached at Tennessee High for three years (2014-2016) working with the Cornerbacks.  He played at Tennessee High from 2006-2009.  He still holds the single game interception record (4) and single season interception record (9).  Following his Viking career, Coach Davis played college football at Morehead State University and Tennessee-Chattanooga before receiving his degree in Exercise Science from ETSU.  He is currently working on a master's degree in Secondary Education at Tusculum University.  He resides in Bristol, TN with his wife Emily.



Mike Wampler Running Backs
Offensive Coordinator

Mike Wampler
Offensive Coordinator

Coach Mike Wampler is in his 16th year on the Tennessee High coaching staff. He currently serves as the Offensive Coordinator.   This will be his first season in that role for the Vikings.  He has also spent time coaching the running backs,  wide receivers, and has served as Special Teams Coordinator at THS. Coach Wampler has 34 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.


Trea Leonard Defensive Ends
Defensive Ends

Trea Leonard
Defensive Ends 

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 and his wife Jessica have a daughter Georgia, and a son Cade.

 
Josh Holt Wide Receivers

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 third 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 Communications at Vance Middle School.  Coach Holt and his wife Morgan have two sons, Max and Liam.


 



Cody Snyder Cornerbacks
Varsity and B Team Cornerbacks



Cody Snyder
Varsity Cornerbacks
B Team Defensive Backs

Coach Cody Snyder enters his sixth season on the THS Football coaching staff.   Coach Snyder coaches the Varsity Cornerbacks and the B-Team 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.   Coach Snyder teaches  6th grade at Haynesfield Elementary School.   He is married to the former Moseley King, and they have a daughter Kingsley.





Dustin Pannell Tight Ends


Varsity and B Team Offensive Line

Dustin Pannell
Offensive Line

Coach Dustin Pannell begins his fifth season on the Viking Football coaching staff.  Coach Pannell coaches the the Varsity and B Team 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 6th grade at Avoca Elementary School.  He is married to the former Amy Buck.
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