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Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Strength and Conditioning: Sam Zanders

Coach Zanders is a native of Telfair Co., where he was a four-year starter in football and Varsity letterman in track and field. He Attended Mercer University and obtained a B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Chemistry. Coach Z furthered his education, receiving an M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention, Post-Masters in Rehabilitation Science, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Health and Human Performance. He currently holds over nine specializations and certifications in performance, strength and conditioning, and rehabilitation, serving as a sports performance professional for the last 14 years, consulting for multiple winning programs, national caliber Olympic weightlifters, and NCAA Division I athletes.


He serves as a head collegiate strength coach and as the State Director of Georgia for the National Association of Speed and Explosion. He has been coaching on the varsity level for six years, three as a defensive coach with Telfair Co. and three as the defensive coordinator with ACE.


Coach Z’s most significant accomplishment and joy is being a father to his one-year-old son, Sam “Tre” Zanders, III.   


Coach Z lives, breathes, and preaches the BEEP philosophy, meaning to give your Best Effort Every Play...Person...Performance.
Offensive Coordinator: Thomas Darrah
darrahCoach Darrah teaches Physical Education alongside Strength and Conditioning for students in grades 6-12. He is the quarterbacks coach for the Varsity football program and is also the Junior High Baseball Head Coach.
Coach Darrah graduated  from Newnan High School located in Newnan, GA. He went on to play college football at the University of Alabama and finished his career at Jacksonville State University where he played football and baseball. Coach Darrah was part of the 2009-2010 National Championship Football Team at the University of Alabama. He is currently entering his 2nd year of teaching and coaching.
"Why did I choose teaching and coaching as a career? - It has been a lifelong dream to coach high school football. I have always enjoyed helping kids reach their full potential.”
Coach Darrah and his wife have one boy, Thomas Darrah IV, and are expected a girl by March 15th. His motto is “How can I help?”
Name Position Contact
Sam Zanders Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator
Thomas Darrah QB Coach
Tavon Mason WR and DB Coach
Brad Lord Junior High Head Coach
Paul Johnson Offensive and Defensive Line  
Stephen Grogan DB's and WR's