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2015 Coaching Staff

Coach McPherson is a 1979 graduate of Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Florida. He has a B.S. in Education from Bethel College in Kansas, where he played football and was named All-American in 1982. Coach McPherson was a graduate assistant at Bethel College in 1983. In 1984, he assisted at Madison County High School. In 1985, he was an assistant coach for Suwannee High School. He then returned to Madison and served as an assistant from 1986-1995. Eight of those years he was the Defensive Coordinator. He took over as Head Coach in 1996.

McPherson coached Madison County High, in Madison, Florida, to its first District Title in 1996. For the next five years in a row, his team held that title. They appeared in 21 playoff games including two State Championship Games, winning it in 2001. In 2002 he became the head coach and athletic director at Lowndes High School. In his first year, he led his Viking team to the first round of playoffs. Coach McPherson then led the Vikings to the second round in 2003. In 2004 he coached his team to a perfect 15-0 season and obtained the AAAAA State Championship title. The 2004 team never trailed in game and they had 6 shut-outs.

In 2005 Coach McPherson and his Viking team made LHS history by winning back-to-back State Championship titles. The team completed the season with a 14-1 record. The 2007 team would once again win the state championship. In 2013 the Vikings advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champion Norcross. The team finished with a 9-4 record.

During his coaching career, Coach McPherson has won 11 Region Championships. He has completed 5 undefeated regular seasons, and he now has 4 State Championships wins. He has received Florida Coach of The Year honors twice. Since coming to Lowndes, he has received the 2004 Overall Coach of the Year Award from the Atlanta Touchdown Club, the 2005 GACA Overall Coach of the Year Award, 2004 Athletic Director of the Year Award, 2005 Athletic Director of the Year Award, 2007 Atlanta Journal Constitution AAAAA Coach of the Year, 2007 Georgia Sports Writers AAAAA Coach of the Year, and the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Division AAAAA Coach of the Year. His overall coaching record is 186-33, with a winning percentage of .849. Coach McPherson's record at Lowndes is 115-24 with a winning percentage of .818.

His family includes wife, Deonne, a teacher at Westside Elementary and two sons – Will and Mitch.

2015 Varsity Coaches

David Shores
Defensive Coordinator

Elmore County High School (1994)
Auburn University (1999 – BS Social Studies Education)
Coaching Experience
Auburn University – 1998 (G.A. with Tommy Tubberville)
Opelika High School – 1999 - 2001
Hoover High School – 2002 – 2004 (Asst. Rush Propst’s Staff)
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA – 2004 (Asst. to Muschamp & Saban)
Pelham High School, Birmingham, AL – 2005 (Defensive Coordinator)
Spain Park High, Birmingham, AL – 2006-2009 (Head Coach)
Samford University 2010
Pell City High, Pell City, AL – 2011-2012 (Head Coach)
Peach County High – 2014 (Defensive Coordinator)
Lowndes High School – 2015 - Present

Terry Quinn
Assistant Head Coach
Inside Linebackers

Port St Joe High School (1990)
University of Louisville (1995 – BS Sports Management)
Troy State University (2005 MEd)
Coaching Experience
Apalachicola High School- 1997
Liberty County High School – 1998-2003 (Defensive Coordinator)
Lowndes High School 2004 - Present
Wife – Tina
Children – TJ, Madyson

Tommy Watson
Offensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator

Upson-Lee High School (1998)
Mississippi State University (2002 BA Physical Education)
Coaching Experience
Upson-Lee High School 2003- 2013 (Head Coach 2008 – 2013)
Valdosta High 2014 (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator)
Lowndes High School 2015 - Present
Wife – Jennifer
Children – Levi, Lilee

John Arnold
Outside Linebackers

Madison County High School (1987)
North Florida Community College (1989)
Valdosta State University (1992)
Troy State University (2005 MEd)
Coaching Experience
Washington County High School 1992-2000
Irwin County High School 200-2002
Lowndes High School 2004-
Wife – Gina
Children – Kirbi, Kerri Ann

Jermel Demps

Lowndes High School (2006)
Carson Newman University (2010 BA Computer & Information Sciences)
Valdosta State University (2014 MEd)
Coaching Experience
Lowndes High 2010-11(Community Coach)
Berrien High School 2012
Worth Middle School 2013
Pelham High School 2014
Lowndes High School 2015-Present
Wife – Lisa
Children – Kaci

Defensive Line

Running Backs

Jackson Dean

South Gwinnett High School (2006)
Valdosta State University (2010 BA History)
Northwestern State University (2015 Med Health Promotion)
Coaching Experience
South Gwinnett High School 2011
Hillgrove High School 2012
Northwestern State University 2013-2014
Lowndes High School 2015-Present
Wife – Lauren

2015 Conditioning & Training Staff

Kevin Wisham
Strength and Conditioning

Glynn Academy High School, Brunswick, GA (2003)
Valdosta State University (2009 BS Exercise Physiology)
Valdosta State University (2011 Med Health & PE)
US Army, Fort Benning, GA 2009-2013
US Navy, Kingsbay, GA 2-13-2014
Lowndes High School 2014 – Present

Philip Pieplow
Athletic Trainer

Valdosta High School (1992)
Valdosta State University (1996 BS)
Valdosta State University (2001 MEd)
Valdosta State University (2013 EdS)
Lowndes High School 1996-Present
Wife – Libby
Children – Bailey, Addison

2015 Viking Football Staff

Terri Chauncy
Athletic Secretary

Terri graduated from Charlton County High School in 1980 and attended Waycross Junior College. She has been employed by the Lowndes County schools for 13 years, starting as a paraprofessional and then secretary at Hahira Middle School. Terri joined the Athletic Department in March 2008. She also works with the Technology Department and the Department of Information, Accountability, and Research.

Mrs. Chauncey has been married to Lynn Chauncey for 29 years. They have two sons: Jonathan and Jeremy.

Al Chandler
Athletic Assistant

Al has been with LHS Athletics for the past 12 years. Al and his wife Mattie have two sons: Dewon and Anfernee (15). Dewon is in the U.S. Army, and Anfernee attends Lowndes High School.

Vikings Head Coach and Athletic Director
Randy McPherson