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Mark Hurt

Defensive Coordinator

Coach Hurt is entering his 2nd season at Lowndes High School, Valdosta,GA as Defensive Coordinator. He is a native of Pike County, Al where he graduated from Pike County High School in Brundidge, AL where he was a 3 sport athlete. In 1986, he entered Alabama State University where he was a part of the hornet football team. While at Alabama State University, Hurt earned honors such as First Team All SWAC, Defensive Back of the Year, and Feature Player. At Alabama State University, Hurt also earned a BS Degree in Psychology and MS in Special Education. Coach Hurt has nearly 30 years of coaching experience. After Graduation, Hurt began his coaching career at Fayetteville State University where he coached Defensive Backs. After a few years Hurt moved back to Alabama and began his coaching career on the high school level. He has served as defensive backs coach, Defensive Coordinator and Head Coach at some of Alabama high school powerhouse programs including Prattville High School, Daphne High School, Blount High School and Central High School (Phenix City, AL). Hurt’s defensive strategy has resulted in many state appearances and 2 championship wins.

Hurt is married to TaMika and they have 5 children, Alexis (31), Ariana (22), Mark II (21), Madison (18) and Martha (15).

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Terry Quinn

Assistant Head Coach/Cornerbacks

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

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Josh Akers

Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator- RB's

Trenton High School 1999
University of Florida 2004 B.S. Exercise & Sport Science
Valdosta State University 2006 M.S. Ed

Valdosta State University 2019 Ed.S
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

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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
Tift County High School 2000-2002

Irwin High School 2002-2004
Lowndes High School 2004-Present
Wife – Gina
Children – Kirbi, Kerri Ann

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Jermel Demps

Safeties

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 High School 2013
Pelham High School 2014 (Defensive Coordinator) 
Lowndes High School 2015-Present
Wife – Lisa
Children – Kaci, Peyton, Paisley

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Adam Gray

TE's

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

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Bryce Giddens

Offensive Line

Colquitt Co High School (2012)

Arkansas State University (2015)


Coaching Experience

Colquitt Co (2017)

Auburn University (2018)

Valdosta High School (2019)


Children- Baylor & Bo

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Kevin Pych

Outside Receivers

Gabriel Richard High School (1998)

St. Andrews College B.S. (2002)

North Central University M.S. (2018)

Coaching Experience

Middle Georgia College (2005-2008)

Bleckley Co High School (2008-2010)

Scotland Co, N.C. (2010) 

Lee Co High School (2011-2016)

Toombs Co High School (2017)

Valdosta High School (2018)

Fitzgerald High School (2019)

Wife- Brittany

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Rudy Griffin

Defensive Line

During his 16 year tenure as a football coach, Rudy Griffin, has served 8 of those  years coaching in Alabama and Georgia at the High School level, and spent another 8 years coaching on college teams in every time zone.

Griffin, a former University of Alabama D-Tackle Standout himself, held the following Division 1 positions: Linebacker Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Idaho State University in Pocatello; Football Quality Control and Recruiting Coordinator at Washington State University in Pullman. He coached at the NAIA level; Defensive Line and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Dakota State University in Madison. He spent 2 years at NJCAA members, Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas and East Central Community College, in Decatur, MS, both as Defensive Line and Strength/Conditioning coach.

Griffin's Recent College Coaching Highlights:

During his inaugural year, coaching at East Central CC, his defensive line posted the best outing in 30 years, producing two consecutive shut-outs and becoming ranked the top of the MACJC conference in rush and pass defense. Griffin also cultivated 3 of the top 10 conference players in sacks and had both sophomore Defensive Lineman sign D1 scholarships at the end of the year: Alvin Dempsey( Florida Atlantic University) and Ronnie Thomas (Mississippi Valley State University). Thomas was an All-Conference performer as well.

Griffin's High School Coaching highlights:

As Defensive Coordinator and District Community Relations Coordinator for 7A Hewitt-Trussville, (AL) for five years, he helped the Huskies to  capture five straight play-off appearances, including multiple Alabama Class 7A State Quarterfinal appearances. Leading the college relations effort, Griffin allowed Hewitt-Trussville to produce 15 NCAA Division1 Scholarship Signees during his time there, and had 18 players named to the Alabama All-State team. This broke records as more than the total to receive that distinction in the previous 91 years of the school's football history. Most recently, Griffin served as the Head Coach of the Bessemer City High School Purple Tigers; 2020-2021.

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Joe Wilson

Linebackers

Fulton High School (2013)

Western Michigan University (2018) B.S. Secondary Education  Mathematics & Business

Georgia Southern University (2020) M.S. Secondary Ed

 

Coaching Experience

Fulton High School 2013-2014

Kalamazoo Central High School 2014-2018 (Co-Offensive Coordinator)

Cook High School 2018-2020

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Lance Jarriel

Quarterbacks

Coach Jarriel is entering his first year on the Varsity Vikings staff. He is a 2012 graduate of Lowndes High and 2017 graduate of Valdosta State University. Coach Jarriel also coaches baseball, serving as the head 9th and JV coach. He spent time in the Lowndes System from 2012-2014 coaching at Lowndes Middle school, and from 2015-2017 assistant coaching here at Lowndes High. He was previously at Thomas County Central and Turner County, as the QBs coach and Offensive Coordinator, respectively . Last season Coach Jarriel served as the 9th grade Offensive Coordinator and QBs coach. He currently teaches Health/PE here at Lowndes High. Coach Jarriel is married to the former Hannah Hulsey of Douglas, Georgia, and together they have a two year old little girl named Halsey Rae and expecting a son due in October.

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Josh Allen

Slot Receivers

Coaching Experience

Cottonwood High (AL) 2010-2016 (Pass Game Coordinator-WR)

Lee Co. 2016-2017 (Pass Game Coordinator-WR)

Tift Co 2017-2020 (QB/WR)


Education

Tift Co High School 2003

Troy University B.S. Criminal Justice 2007


Undrafted Free Agent New England Patriots 2008-2009


Wife: Tammy


Children: Quantae, Layla, Lauryn