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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.

During his coaching career, Coach McPherson has won 11 Region Championships. He has completed 5 Undefeated Regular Seasons and 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.  He has coached in several all star games, including, Army All American Bowl, and Florida Georgia Game.

His overall coaching record is 207-46.  Coach McPherson's record at Lowndes is 136-37.

Coach McPherson is the only coach to have won state titles in Florida and Georgia.

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

2017 Varsity Coaches

Byron Slack
Defensive Coordinator

Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Terrell County High School (1987)

US Navy (1987-1991)

University of West Georgia (1997 – BS)

University of Auburn (1998 – MEd)

NOVA Southeastern University (2014 – PhD)

Coaching Experience

Dunwoody High School – 1997 –

University of Auburn – 1998 – Grad Assistant

University of West Georgia – 1999-2002

Minnesota State University – 2003-2004

Camden County High School – 2005-2016 (2012-2016 Defensive Coordinator)

Lowndes High School – 2017 – Present

Wife – Mary Francis

Children - Zion

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

Adam Gray

Tight Ends

Madison County High School (2001)

Florida State University (2005 Interdisciplinary Social Sciences)

Coaching Experience

University High School 2005-2006 (9th Grade Head Coach)

West Orange High School 2006-2007 (Running Backs)

Marianna High School 2007-2009 (Offensive Line)

Lowndes High School 2009-2012 (9th Grade Offensive Coordinator)

Berrien High School 2012-2013 (Offensive Coordinator)

Worth High School 2014-2016 (Offensive Coordinator)

Lowndes High School 2016-Present

Wife - Molly

Children - Gavin, Blake

Jim Henry

Quarterbacks/Pass Game Coordinator

Hawkinsville High School (2007)

Georgia Tech (2011 Business Management)

Coaching Experience

Georgia Tech (2010 Undergrad Assistant)

Butler Community College (2011 RB's)

Coffeyville Community College (2012-2013 Wide Receivers)

Peach County High School (2014 QB's)

Pepperell High School (2015 QB/Offensive Coordinator)

Lowndes High School (2016-Present)

Josh Akers

Running Backs/Associate Head Coach

Trenton High School 1999

University of Florida 2004 B.S. Exercise & Sport Science

Valdosta State University 2006 M.S. Ed

Coaching Experience

Trenton High School 2000-2002

Lowndes High School 2003-2009

Branford High School 2010 (Defensive Coordinator)

Lafayette High School 2011-2013 (Defensive Coordinator) 2014-2015 (Offensive Coordinator)

Lowndes High School 2016-present

Wife- Jackie

Children- Libbie

Steve Lankford

Offensive Line

Midfield High School (1976)

Samford University (1981 BS)

Troy State University (2007 MEd)

Coaching Experience

Pickens Academy 1984

Freeport High School 1985

Madison County High School 1986-2002

Lowndes High School 2002-Present

Wife – Lee

Children – Brooke, Kelsey

Patrick Hunter


Colquitt County High School (2002)

Valdosta State University (2006 B.S.Ed. Health & Physical Education)

West Virginia University (2016 M.A. Special Education)

Coaching Experience

Lowndes High School – 2007, 2010-Present

Wife – Miriam

Children - Azélie, Blaise

Jason Slimp

Wide Receivers

Hoover High School (1995)

Carson Newman University B.S. Physical Eduation (2000)

Coaching Experience

Suwannee High School FL (2000-2002)

Columbia High School FL (2004)

Tift Co (2005-2011)

Cook Co (2012-2014)

Crisp Co Offensive Coordinator (2015-2017)

Lowndes High (2017-present)

Children- Hope (19), Hagan (9), Hudson (6)

Dustin Heard

Defensive Line

Thomas County Central (2006)

Greensboro College

Thomas University (2011 BA Interdisciplinary Studies with History Focus)

Coaching Experience

Thomas County Central TE's 2009 DE 2010-2012

Worth Co High School Defensive Line 2013-2014 & 2016 Offensive Line 2015

Lowndes High School 2017-Present

Wife – Tiffany

Children – Tristan

Ronald Steinhelfer

Video Coordinator

Bellefontaine High School (2008)

United States Air Force (2008-Present)

Coaching Experience

United States Air Force (2008-2015)

Lowndes High School (2015-Present)

Wife - Jennifer

Children - Carter, Carson

2017 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

                              2017 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

2019 Coaching Staff