revised 10/07/13

Varsity Coaching Staff

9th Grade Coaching Staff


DONNIE BRANCH

Varsity Head Coach / Varsity Defensive Coordinator

• Hometown: Anniston, Alabama
• Education: B.S. in Health and Physical Education from University of North Alabama
  M.Ed. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Troy State University
• School System Position: Coach Branch is the In-School Suspension Lead Teacher at LaGrange High School.
• College Sports Experience: 4-year letterman in baseball
• Coaching Experience:
  1984 - 1986 - Wheeler County High School (Alamo, GA)
  1986 - Present - LaGrange High School
• Other Coaching Responsibilities at LHS: Retired as head baseball coach in 2012 after having won numerous region championships and the 2004 AAA State Championship.
• Family: Coach Branch is married to the former Angie McElroy of Arab, AL. Angie teaches Kindergarten at Franklin Forest Elementary. Their son, Derek, 25, A Columbus State University graduate, will begin teaching and coaching at Northside High School this fall. Their daughter, Allison, 20, is a Junior at The University of Georgia.
 


THOMAS CROCKER

Varsity Linebacker Coach

• Hometown: Hogansville, GA
• Education: B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Auburn University
  M. Ed in Health and Physical Education from the University of West Georgia
• School System Position: Coach Crocker teaches Physical Education at Hollis Hand Elementary
• Coaching Experience:
1989 – 1994 – Villa Rica High School
1994 – 2008 – LaGrange High School
2011 - LaGrange High School
• Family: Coach Crocker is married to the former Evyn Young of Villa Rica, Georgia. The Crocker’s have three children, Cole 12, Carson 11 and Landyn 9.

PAUL PICKETT

Varsity Defensive Back Coach

• Hometown: Enterprise, Alabama
• Education:
   B.S. in Secondary Education – History/Biology from University of Alabama
   M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from University of Alabama
• School System Position: Coach Pickett teaches World History at LHS.
• College Sports Experience: Coach Pickett played football at Alabama, and in 1997 he was named Team Captain and was selected for the Academic All-SEC Team.
• Coaching Experience:
2001 - 2002 - Fairhope (AL) High School
2002 - 2003 - Callaway High School
2003 - Present - LaGrange High School
• Granger Trivia: Coach Pickett, a former Granger, was a junior on the 1991 State and National Championship Team. His father, Coach Sam Pickett, was the defensive back coach for the Grangers at that time. Paul graduated from LHS in 1993.
• Family: Coach Pickett is married to the former Christine Miller of Fairhope, Alabama. She works for Pearson Higher Education. The Pickets have two daughters and a son : Miller is 9 years old, Lofton is 6 years old, and Declan is 2 1/2.

JASON WILLIS
Varsity Defensive Tackles Coach

• Hometown: LaGrange, Georgia
• Education:
   Central Alabama Community College
    B.S. in Middle School Education from LaGrange College
• School System Position: Coach Willis teaches fifth grade at Berta Weathersbee Elementary.
• College Sports Experience: Played baseball at Central Alabama Community College and LaGrange College.
• Coaching Experience:
2002 - Present – LaGrange High School
• Other Coaching Responsibilities at LHS: Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach
• Family: Coach Willis is married to the former Katie Bush, a LaGrange native who also teaches at Berta Weathersbee Elementary.  The Willis' have three sons, Brady 5, Colt 2  and Chipper who was born July 30th.

DAVID PLEASANTS
Varsity Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs & Quarter Backs Coach

• Hometown: Riverdale, Georgia
• Education:
   East Central Mississippi Junior College
   B.S. in Social Science from West Georgia College
   M.Ed. in Social Science from West Georgia College
   M.Ed. in Administration from Jacksonville State University
   Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Troy University
• School System Position: Coach Pleasants teaches in the Social Studies Department at LHS.
• College Sports Experience: Played football and golf, was named to the
   Academic All-Gulf South Conference Football Team in 1986, and received
   the Male Academic Athlete of the Year Award in 1987.
• Coaching Experience:
   1987 - 1988 - West Georgia College – Graduate Assistant
   1988 - 1993 - LaGrange High School
   1994 - 1998 - Rome High School
   1999 - Peach County High School
   2000 - 2001- Rockmart High School
   2002 - Present - LaGrange High School
• Other Coaching Responsibilities at LHS: Golf Coach
• Family: Coach Pleasants’ wife, the former Catherine Dukes, is a LaGrange native and LHS graduate. She is employed at Troup High School. 
   Their daughter, Kennedy, is 16 and their son, Jack David, is 13.

CLAUDE GIDDENS
Varsity Inside Receivers Coach

• Hometown: Greenville, AL
• Education:
   B.S. in Physical Education from Troy State University
   M.Ed. in Physical Education from University of South Alabama
• School System Position: Coach Giddens teaches Physical Education at
    Franklin Forest Elementary School.
• Coaching Experience:
   1983 - 1988 - Troup High School
   1989 - 1990 - Cartersville (GA) High School
   1990 - 1996 - Troup High School
   1996 - 2000 - Highland Home (AL) High School – Head Coach
   2001 - LaGrange High School
   2002 - 2004 - Callaway High School – Head Coach
   2005 - Present – LaGrange High School
• Family: Coach Giddens is married to the former Denise Pruitt, a LaGrange native and teacher at Franklin Forest Elementary School.
   Their daughter Whitley, 21, a former LHS Cheerleader and 2010 graduate, attends the University of West Georgia.
   Their son Zach, age 18, is the starting Quarterback and plays baseball for the Grangers
STEPHEN TUCK
Varsity Wide Receivers Coach

• Hometown: Albany, GA.
• Education:  Early Childhood Education from LaGrange College and holds
   a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from LaGrange College
• School System Position: Coach Tuck teaches Pre-K at
   Whitesville Road Elementary School.
• College Sports Experience: Coach Tuck was a 4 year Varsity Letterman in 
   football and played basketball for 2 years. He was 1st team ALL-SLIAC in 
   2008 and offensive player of the year in 2009.
• Other Coaching Responsibilities at LHS:  JV Basketball.
• Family Coach Tuck is married to the former Tarah McCallister of Lithonia, GA.

DAVIS RUSSELL
Varsity Offensive Line / Weightlifting Coach

• Hometown: Statesboro, GA
• Education: B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State University
• School System Position: Coach Russell teaches physical education/ weightlifting at LaGrange High School
• College Sports Experience: Coach Russell was a member of the Valdosta State
    football team from 2004 – 2007.  He was a four year letterman,  2 year
   captain and two time National Champion in 2004 and 2007 at Valdosta State.
• Coaching Experience:
   2008 – 2009 Tift County High School,
   2010 Berrien County High School.
   2011 Present LaGrange High School
• Other Coaching Responsibilities at LHS: Head Track and Field Coach
• Family: Coach Russell is married to the former Kathrine Carter of  Alpharetta, GA. The Russells have a newborn daughter, Karter Lynn, born July 20th.
 

TODD HERRINGTON
Ninth Grade Head Coach

• Hometown: LaGrange
• Education:  B.S. in English from LaGrange College
• School System Position: Coach Herrington teaches in the English Department at LaGrange High School.
• College Sports Experience: Played baseball at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and LaGrange College
• Coaching Experience:
1996 - LaGrange High School - Community Coach
1997 - 1998 - Newnan High School
1999 - Present - LaGrange High School
• Other Coaching Responsibilities at LHS:  Head Varsity Baseball Coach
• Family: Coach Herrington is married to the former Melissa Stewart . Their family includes Austin 15, Rachel 11, Mary Ansley 7 & Holly 6.

CAL HYERS
Ninth Grade Assistant Coach

• Hometown: Waycross, Georgia
• Education:  B.S. in Health and Physical Education from
   Georgia Southern College
• School System Position: Coach Hyers is the Physical Education Specialist at Long Cane Elementary.
• College Sports Experience: Played with the Georgia Southern Rugby Club 1983-1986
• Coaching Experience:
   1986 - 1999 – Ware County High School (Waycross, GA)
   1999 - Present – LaGrange High School
• Family: Coach Hyers is married to the former Jill Sprague of Roanoke, Alabama. Jill teaches English at LaGrange High School. They have a son and a daughter: Lew, age 17, who is a member of the Granger football team, and Meg, age 14.


JEFF ANDERSON

Ninth Grade Assistant Coach

• Hometown: LaGrange, GA.
• Education:  Early Childhood Education from LaGrange College
• School System Position: Coach Anderson teaches 4th Grade at Hillcrest Elementary School
• Other Coaching Responsibilities at LHS:  JV Baseball
 

JAMIE BOZEMAN

Ninth Grade Assistant Coach / Varsity Kicking Coach

• Hometown: Moltrie, GA.
• Education:  B.S. in Social Science from Auburn University, Masters in Administrative Education (Educational Leadership) from Troy University
• School System Position: Social Studies Teacher at LaGrange High
• Coaching Experience
 2002-2009- LaGrange High
 2013- LaGrange High
• Family: Coach Bozeman is married to the former Sabrina Rhoden of Boaz, AL. Sabrina is the speech and language pathologist at Franklin Forest Elementary. The Bozeman's have two children, Madalyn 10 and Jackson, 6.
 


 


JAMIE SCHMITT
Director of Athletics

• Hometown: LaGrange, GA
• Education: B.A. in Business Administration from LaGrange College
  MAT. from LaGrange College
  ABD from Liberty University
• School System Position: Athletic Director at LaGrange High School.
• College Sports Experience: Played baseball at LaGrange College
• Coaching Experience:
   2003 - 2013 Troup High School
   2013 - present LaGrange High School
• Family: Coach Schmitt is married to the former Caycee Hand of LaGrange, GA. Caycee is a labor and deliver nurse at West Georgia Health Systems. They have one son, Tate, 2.
 

 


SHANNON BRIGHT
Athletic Trainer

• Hometown: Bremen, Georgia
• Education: B.S. in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from Valdosta State University
   M.Ed. from Columbus State University
• School System Position: Coach Bright teaches Exceptional Education at LaGrange High School.
• Experience as Athletic Trainer:
2001 - 2004 - Bremen High School - Student Athletic Trainer
2004 - 2008 - Valdosta State University – Student Athletic Trainer
2008 - 2010 - Hughston Hospital Athletic Training Fellowship
2010 - Present - LaGrange High School
Family: Coach Bright’s husband, Adam, is a native of Tallapoosa, GA. He is employed at Harris County High School as a math teacher and coach.