Football Coaches

Gary Varner

Football Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator

Coach Varner has an M.S. in Marketing, a Masters in Business Education, and a Specialist in Business Education.  He has spent twenty years teaching and coaching.  In high school, Coach Varner competed in football and wrestling.  He is married to Emily Varner, and they have four children:  Kate, age 13, Anna, age 10, Matthew, age 4, and Mia, age 2.

Coach Varner looks up to Coach Ray Manus, Tim McFarlin, and Chuck Stines and finds inspiration from John Wooden, who said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

Jeremy Anderson

Football Coach, Wide Receivers

Coach Anderson has a B.S. in Mathematics and has been teaching for six years and coaching for ten.  In high school, he played football and competed in track and field.  In college, instead of playing sports, he dedicated time to staying home and helping his family.  He is married to Mallory Anderson, who is an assistant basketball coach at Allatoona and a Lewis Elementary School teacher.

Coach Anderson looks up to Jesus and finds inspiration from this quotation:  “Ability is what you are capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.”

David Cintron

Football Coach, Defensive Backs

Coach Cintron has a B.A. in History Education from Norwich University, and has been teaching and coaching for fourteen years.  In high school, he played football and baseball, and he continued to play football in college.  He is married to Kristie Cintron, and they have two children:  Jackson and Mary Elizabeth.

Coach Cintron looks up to Coach Gary Varner and Dave Patterson, one of his teachers, and finds inspiration from Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone), who said:

“Let me tell you something you already know.  The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.  It’s a very mean and nasty place.  And I don’t care how tough you are.  It will beat you to your knees and keep you permanently there if you let it.”  

“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward.  That’s how winning is done.”

“Now if you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you are worth, but you gotta be willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers, saying you ain’t where you want to be because of him or her or anybody.  Cowards do that, and that ain’t you.  You’re better than that.”

Barry Cox

Football Coach, Quarterbacks

Coach Cox has a B.S. in Social Studies Education and a Masters in Education and has been teaching and coaching for thirty years.  In high school, he played football and baseball, then he continued to play football in college.  In college, he was on the Dean’s List, and was Coach of the Year in South Carolina in 1995.  Coach Cox and his wife have five children:  three girls and two boys.

Coach Cox looks up to Pastor Herb Codington and Coach Buddy Jennings, and he finds inspiration from the quotation:  “I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom… I can be an instrument of inspiration!”


Seth Cross

Freshman Football Coach, Offensive Line Coach

Mike Dennison

Football Coach, Offensive Line

Coach Dennison has a B.S. in Business Management from Georgia Southern and a Business Education Certificate from West Georgia, and is in his tenth year of teaching and eleventh year of coaching.  In high school, he played football and baseball, then he continued to play football in college.  In 2011, Coach Dennison was named the Offensive Assistant Coach of the Year, then in 2015, he was named the Offensive Coach of the Year, and in 2015, the Bucs were State Champs.  Coach Dennison has two sisters.

Coach Dennison looks up to Coach Gary Varner and Coach Bob Clark, his high school head coach, and he finds inspiration from Terry Bowden, who said:  “Accept the fact that you can determine where you want to go and how you are going to get there.”

Brad Dodd

Football Coach, Tight End Coach

Coach Dodd has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Kennesaw State University and a Masters of Science in Physical Education from the University of North Georgia, and he is in his fifth year teaching and seventh year coaching.  He played football and golf in high school.  Coach Dodd is engaged to Jillian Lusher, and is close to his parents, Greg and Becky Dodd, as well as his brother, Brett Dodd.

Coach Dodd looks up to his high school football coach as well as his own father, Greg Dodd.

David Eeles

Freshmen Football Coach, Wide Receivers

Coach Eeles has been a part of Allatoona High School since it opened back in 2008.  Coach Eeles has been teaching and coaching since he graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he was a catcher on the baseball team (and even caught pitches from the Buccaneers’ Team Pastor, Coach Mike Linch).  He is a native of Chicago (Go Bears!), and he was a quarterback/defensive back on the football team at Maine West High School.  He has also taught and coached in Virginia and Scottsdale, Arizona, before coming to Acworth.  Coach Eeles teaches math at Allatoona and is a sponsor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  His hobbies all involve exercising, and he loves being active.  Coach Eeles is supported by his wife of twenty-one years, Angela, and he is blessed to have three wonderful children:  Brady, Payton, and Kaelyn.  Coach Eeles draws inspiration from Proverbs 3:5-6 and says that this verse has been a key one in his life and has never failed him yet:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your OWN understandings. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your paths.”

Erik Fridborg

Football Coach, Kickers

Coach Fridborg has a B.S. in Secondary English Education, and has spent twenty-one years teaching and coaching.  In high school, he played soccer, baseball, and golf, then he continued to play soccer in college.  He has twice been named Coach of the Year, was a Third Team College All American, and a two time Pacific Northwest.  He has two children:  Adalyn, age thirteen, and Analeigh, age ten.

Coach Fridborg looks up to Jesus, and he finds inspiration in the quotation:  “There is no I in team.”

Emmett Hill

Football Coach, Defensive Back Coach

Coach Hill has eight years of coaching experience at both the college and high school level.  Coach Hill played running back and wide receiver at the US Naval Academy and Georgia Tech.  He is a graduate of Creekside High School where he lettered four years in football and track and field.  Coach Hill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Southern Polytechnic State University and his Master’s degree in Sports Management from American Public University.  He is married to Natasha Hill, a Human Resources Manager, and they have two children:  Emmett and Xavier.

Brett Hubinger

Football Coach, Defensive Line

Coach Hubinger has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and has been teaching and coaching for twenty years.  In high school, he competed in football, basketball, and track, then he continued to play football in college.  Coach Hubinger has five children.

Coach Hubinger looks up to God, and he finds inspiration from the quotation:  “You are only as good as you want to be.”


Scott Lewis

Freshman Football Coach, Assistant Coach

Coach Lewis graduated from Allatoona High School in 2011. He is now a Master Electrician and the owner of Champion Electric Company. One of his biggest passions outside of football is flying planes. He has recently acquired his aviation private pilot’s license. He has previously coached middle school Weighting Training, and this is his 1st year coaching Freshman Football. In high school, he was a four year Varsity Football offensive lineman, and he also threw Shot Put and Discus for the Track and Field team where he won the State Championship for Shot Put his Senior Year. As an offensive lineman, he was selected to play in the Cobb County Senior Bowl and was also awarded All-State for Offensive Linemen. He signed a Football Scholarship to the University of Pikeville in Kentucky. One of the biggest mentors in his life has been Head Coach Gary Varner. He has taught Coach Lewis so many things on and off the field, such as hard work, responsibility, dedication and integrity. He is genuinely an all-around great man. Coach Lewis chose to be a Community Coach at Allatoona to give back to the community that has given him so many opportunities. He has been married to his wife Chastain since 2014 after meeting their Sophomore year at Allatoona. His favorite Football inspirational quote is by Dutch Meyer from TCU “We’ll fight’em until Hell freezes over, then we’ll fight’em on the ice.” GO BUCS!

Casey Linch

Football Coach, Running Backs Coach

Mike Linch

Team Pastor

Coach Linch has been a part of the Allatoona Varsity Football program since the beginning as team pastor.  He is honored to work alongside these outstanding coaches and players to help them be their very best on and off the field.  He is also blessed to have his son, Casey, age twenty-one, working alongside him as the assistant team pastor.  Coach Linch is an 1987 graduate of Fayette County High School, Fayetteville, Georgia, where he was inducted into the FCHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.  He played Division I Baseball at Liberty University in Virginia and lettered for three years for New York Yankees great, Bobby Richardson, while he obtained a communications degree in 1991.  Coach Linch is currently the Senior Pastor of NorthStar Church in Acworth, Georgia, and has been there since the church began in 1997.  He is a frequent speaker for college and NFL teams (including the Atlanta Falcons).  During the spring, Coach Linch is the Varsity Pitching Coach for the Allatoona Buccaneers Baseball team.  Coach Linch is married to Anne Linch, and they have two children:  Casey, age twenty-one, and Mary-Michal, age eighteen.

Troy Petersen

Assistant Head Coach

Coach Troy Petersen is a native of Powder Springs, Georgia.  He graduated from McEachern High School where he was a four year letterman in both football and soccer.  After high school, Coach Petersen attended Tennessee Technological University where he played football and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.  In 1995, he moved back to Georgia and began teaching and coaching in Cobb County.  He accepted a position as a linebackers coach at South Cobb High School.  After a year coaching at South Cobb, Coach Petersen began teaching and coaching at Wheeler High School.  He spent six years at Wheeler where he coached football (linebackers), boys’ soccer, swimming, and cross country.  In 2002, Coach Petersen accepted a job to open Kell High School where he coached football, soccer, and strength and conditioning.  After four years at Kell High School, Coach Petersen was offered and accepted the head strength and conditioning position as well as linebackers coach at Hillgrove High School until the spring of 2008.  He also was the assistant coach for girls’ soccer. Coach Petersen then decided to take on the task of opening his third new high school.  In 2008, he became the Department Chair for the Physical Education Department and was named the Bucs’ Defensive Coordinator.  Coach Petersen has enjoyed building traditions and watching the football program grow over the last ten years.  Coach Petersen earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Jacksonville State University and completed his Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at Lincoln Memorial University.  Coach Petersen is married to Laurie Petersen who also teaches at Allatoona.  They have two children that keep them busy and entertained, Emma and Owen.

Vince Rogers

Football Coach

Xavier Smith

Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator

Coach Smith has over twenty-five years coaching experience and played for West Georgia College, where he was a two year starter, team captain, and all conference in 1992.  He has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University.  Coach Smith enjoys football, yard work, and golf.  He is married to Cynthia Smith, and they have two children:  Gabriel, age eleven, and Caleb, age nine.

Johnny Tilton

Freshman Football Coach, Offensive Coordinator

Coach Tilton returns for his ninth season with the Bucs.  He is currently the Offensive Coordinator for the Freshman Football Team and also serves as the Head Women’s Golf Coach.  He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in History Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology.  He is the Social Studies Department Chair and teaches AP Economics at Allatoona.  Coach Tilton was a Quarterback and All Conference Outfielder at Central Davidson High School in Lexington, North Carolina.  Prior to Allatoona, he coached at The Carolina Academy in Lake City, South Carolina.  His wife, Kim, is a Nurse, and they have three daughters:  Meredith, age eighteen and a student at the University of Georgia, Allison, age sixteen and a student at Allatoona, and Sara Grace, age fourteen and also a student at Allatoona.


Jamie Vickrey

Freshman Football Coach, Defensive Back Coach

Jonathan Wishon

Freshmen Football Head Coach

Coach Wishon has a Bachelors in Health and Physical Education from Kennesaw State University and a Masters in Health Science from the University of Alabama, and he has been teaching for eleven years and coaching for ten years.  In high school, he played football.  Coach Wishon has been named the MDJ Coach of the Year two times, and in 2016, he was named the U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the Georgia Chapter.  He is married to Sarah Wishon, and they have one daughter, Evelyn, age four.

Coach Wishon looks up to John Hunter and finds inspiration from Michael Jordan, who said:  “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

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