Whitehouse Independent School District

Meet the Athletic Staff

Coach Copeland is beginning his 33rd year in education and his third as a Whitehouse Wildcat.  Coach Copeland attended Broken Bow High School in Oklahoma and Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma.  Immediately after receiving his bachelor’s degree, he moved to Texas to begin his teaching and coaching career.  Coach Copeland has coached at Rivercrest, Garrison, Alto, Hull-Daisetta, Arp, and Jacksonville.  In 2008, he returned to Arp a second time as High School Principal.  He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.  Coach Copeland is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.  He is married to Angie and together they have three children; Clint, 25; Kyle, 23 and his wife Jordan; and Brianna, 13.

Mary has worked in the athletic department since August 2003. She has been with the school district for 21 years. Mary and her husband, Stan have two sons, Clay and his wife, Kristi; and Britt and his wife, Jamie. Mary is the proud grandmother of Korbin (4 years) and Case (6 months).  Mary enjoys working with the coaches, athletes, and fans.

Coach Alexander is entering her 13th year of coaching soccer. She has taught for 16 years in Whitehouse and currently teaches 4th grade math at Stanton-Smith Elementary. Coach Alexander and her husband, Jon, celebrated their 21st anniversary this summer. They have two children. Jace is in the 11th grade and Makenzie is in the 9th grade.

Coach Ballard graduated from Quitman High School, attended Stephen F. Austin State University and played on the Lumberjack Golf Team. He played professional golf on both the Asian Pro Golf Tour and Tournament Players Association Tour and was an Assistant Golf Professional at Tawakoni Golf Club, Oak Forest CC, Willow Brook CC, Hide-Away-Lake, and was Head Professional at Garden Valley Resort. He joined WISD in 1993 as a Social Studies teacher and became the WHS golf coach in 1999. During his tenure, the boys teams have won three District Championships and have been the District runner-up seven times. The girls teams were the 2013-2017 District Champs and have been runner-up once. Coach Ballard has always prided himself on preparing his students to be successful. He is married to Dana, his wife of 32 years. They have two daughters, Cassie and Megan, both WHS graduates.   He is also the proud grandfather on Ethan Michael Lawson.

Coach Beaton is entering his seventh year of coaching and his fifth year at Whitehouse. After graduating from Whitehouse High School in 2007, Coach Beaton earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from ETBU.  There he met Haley, his beautiful wife of four years. Before coming back to Whitehouse, Coach Beaton coached for two years at Copperas Cove as a defensive assistant and freshman baseball coach. He has a three year old son, Brayden and a one year old son, Brooks.  Along with coaching football and track, Coach Beaton teaches Algebra II. He is thankful for the opportunity to mentor and have an influence on these young athletes.

Coach Brown is beginning his 12th year of coaching at WISD. He graduated from Whitehouse High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Tech University and Master of Education from the University of Texas at Tyler. Coach Brown is married to Renee, a teacher in Tyler, and they have four children: Tierra, Sierra, TreSean, and Samuel. Coach Brown is devoted to his God, family and school.

Coach Buckley is a 1999 graduate of SFA and has been enjoying her lifelong passion of teaching and coaching for 18 years now. She has three children that are the light of her life. Her son, DJ, is a senior at SFA majoring in pre-med. Her daughter, Whitney is 16 and loves music. She plays the flute and piccolo. She is a junior at Bullard High School with a desire and academic plan to continue her education in physical therapy. The “baby” of the family is Jordyn Grace who is spoiled rotten, if you ask the first two. Jordyn is 6 and will start 1st grade at Stanton Smith. Coach Toy will teach 8th grade Science and coach Jr. High Athletics. She absolutely loves teaching Jr. High kids because they are so real, honest and funny; their outlook on life keeps her energized. She is very grateful to be here and look forward to working with the students, coaches, parents, and staff.

Coach Cano has 15 years of coaching experience in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.  He has two children, Robby and Natalie.  Also, he has twin grandsons, Beau and Bennett who belong to Natalie and her husband Brian.  They live in Little Rock.

Coach Clemons is beginning his 20th year coaching and his 14th year at Whitehouse High School. He graduated from the University of North Texas earning his Bachelor of Business Administration. He began coaching at Maud High School where he stayed for two years. He then moved to Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana where he started the soccer program. In addition to coaching football and soccer, Coach Clemons teaches U.S. History at WHS. Coach Clemons is married to Mindy, an occupational therapist. They have three boys: Jake, a senior; Cooper, a sophomore; and Max, an 8th grader.

Coach Cook is beginning his fifth year as head football coach and his 12th  year at Whitehouse. This will be his 17th year serving in education. Coach Cook graduated from Redwater High School before earning his Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University and Masters of Education from UT Tyler. He began coaching at Daingerfield Junior High School and also coached in Sulphur Springs, Redwater, and Chapel Hill. Coach Cook and his beautiful bride, Julie, have two children: Sam, 13 and Caleb, 9. Julie is an English teacher at WHS.

Coach Cook is beginning his 21st year of coaching and his first at Whitehouse High School.  Coach Cook is married to his wife, Susan and they have four children, Matthew (18), Jackson (16), Isabella (13), and William (9).  Coach Cook attended Texas Christian University where he was a member of the football team.  He has served as an athletic director, head football coach, head softball, track and baseball coach during his time in education.  Coach Cook believes that attitude is everything!  He is honored and excited to be in such a great community as Whitehouse.  Go Wildcats!

Coach Culpepper is starting his fifth year at Whitehouse.  After graduating from Whitehouse High School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University. Josh and his wife, Sarah, have been married for six years and they have a three year old daughter, Avery and a six month old son, Austin.

Coach Davis is entering his second year as a coach at Whitehouse. He grew up and graduated from Whitehouse High School. After graduating, he attended New Mexico Military Institute and played baseball for two years. After graduation NMMI, he then continued his baseball career at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He graduated from NMMI with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of General Studies from UTRGV.

 

Jane DeLorme is one of the two full time Athletic Trainers employed by WISD. She has been at Whitehouse since 2004. Jane received her master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Tyler with an emphasis on health and kinesiology. Along with her athletic training duties, she also teaches Sports Medicine at WHS. She is originally from Evergreen, Colorado. She and her  husband, Adam, have twin boys Owen and Blaine, one year old. 

 

Coach Dolan is beginning his 23rd year of coaching. After 3 years at Whitewright, and another 3 years at Hitchcock, he came to Whitehouse. In 2000, he began coaching the receivers with a few stints on defense. Coach Dolan graduated from Joaquin High school before entering Lon Morris Jr. College for 2 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He also holds a Master in Educational Leadership from UT Tyler with a principal certification. In addition to his football duties, he teaches Biology at Whitehouse High School. Coach Dolan is married to Lindy, a Cardiovascular Physician’s Assistant. They have 3 children: Seth, 17; Kinsey, 15; and Rhett, 12.

Coach Dornak is beginning his 14th year of coaching and 25th year of teaching at WISD.  He graduated from Crosby High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Texas A & M.  He was a member of the track and field team and 12th Man Kick Off Team for Texas A & M.  He is married to Mollie, an account manager for Tree Town USA.  They have four children:  Haley, Gabbi, Carlie, and Ryan Thomas.

Coach Eeds is enjoying his 14th year coaching the award winning WHS Wildcat Swimming Team and his 19th year of teaching. He currently teaches both Pre-AP Biology and AP Biology. Later this school year, he will celebrate 23 years of marriage to Melissa, a first grade teacher in Troup. Coach Eeds has three children, Emily, Courtney and Alan. Coach Eeds is looking forward to another great swim season.

Coach Evans is entering his 10th year of coaching and his first year at Whitehouse.  After graduating from LaPoynor High School in 2002, Coach Evans earned his Bachelor of Arts in Health and Kinesiology from UT Tyler, and his Master's degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.  Coach Evans and his wife, Cassie, have been married for 7 years.  She is a high school counselor at Whitehouse High School.  They have a 7 year old son, Maddox.

Coach Garlitz is entering his 33rd year of coaching, and his 18th at Whitehouse High. In addition to his coaching duties, he also teaches Health. He graduated from Eldorado High School in 1980, Ranger Jr. College in 1982, and Angelo State University in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He has also coached for 3 years at San Angelo, 3 years at Andrews, 4 years at Big Spring, and 5 years at Lubbock-Cooper. He has 3 children who have graduated from Whitehouse High. Allison and her husband Jacob, are graduates of Texas Tech and live in Tyler with their daughter, Madeline,  Matt and his wife, Danyelle are graduates of Texas Tech and lives in Lubbock, and Rachel is a graduate from Texas A & M and lives in Austin.

Coach Gautney is beginning his second year coach at Whitehouse Jr. High. He will coach football, basketball, and track. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration in Fitness and Sports Industry. He played four years of D1 football for the ULM Warhawks. He will teach Physical Education for the Jr. High.

Coach Gold is beginning his 8th year of coaching. He joined the Whitehouse staff in 2016 after coaching at his alma mater, Irving High School. Coach Gold has also coached at Ennis and Wylie East High School. He graduated as a student-athlete from Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In addition to coaching football, he will coach boys track at Whitehouse High School.

 

Coach Granado is entering his fifth year of coaching and teaching, serving two years in Bellville and one at Midland Greenwood. He graduated from The University of Texas at the Permian Basin with a B.A. in History and received his Maters in Education at Sul Ross State University for his Masters in Educational Leadership. This year he will be teaching US History and coaching football and baseball.  He is married to Joanie, who is a high school counselor here at Whitehouse.

Coach Hale graduated from Arp High School in 2002.  She went on to play soccer at McNeese State and graduated with a Bachelor of English and a minor in Kinesiology.  She is entering her 12th year to teach and is very excited to be at Whitehouse this year.  She is married to Jared Hale and together they have four kids:  Zach, Charles, Rylee Grace, and Max.  Her goal is to make a difference wherever she goes.

Stacey Hendrix is in her 19th year of teaching and coaching. She is starting her 17th year at WISD. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, she also teaches Pre-AP World Geography. She is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University where she played on the inaugural girls basketball team and served as president of the Remnant Players, a drama ministry to churches and schools. She graduated from Hawkins High School and married her high school sweetheart, Kevin. They have been married for 18 years and have three beautiful children: Kyle, Brayden, and Kinsley, whom she proudly calls her “trophies”. Kevin and Stacey are currently associate pastors at Freedom Fellowship in Tyler.

Taylor grew up mostly in Cibolo, Texas and is in her second year at Whitehouse ISD.  She received her Bachelors of Science degree in athletic training from Texas Lutheran University in Sequin, Texas. Taylor is now working towards a Master’s of Kinesiology specializing in Adaptive Sports.

Coach Holder is entering his first year of coaching at Whitehouse Jr. High.  He will be coaching football, basketball, and track as well as teaching U.S. History.  He grew up and graduated from Lindale High School.  After graduating, he attended Texas A & M University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in ELA and Social Studies for grades 4th-8th.
Coach Howard is beginning his 26th year in Education and first year at Whitehouse ISD.  Coach Howard spent the last seven years at Nacogdoches High.  He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University where he earned his Bachelor's degree.  He has been married to his wife, Nicole, from Whitehouse, for eight years.  They have two boys, Seth age 7 and Garrett age 5.  

Coach Jenkins graduated from high school in Daingerfield and earned his college degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. This will be his 16th year as a coach and his eighth year as head baseball coach in Whitehouse. He also coached for six years in White Oak (three years as head baseball coach), and two years in Terrell (one year as head baseball coach). He is married to Whitney, a kindergarten teacher at Brown Elementary. They have been married for 14 years and have two children: Logan, 12, and Jaxon, 9.

 

Coach Jimmerson is entering his seventh year of coaching and teaching at Whitehouse. He graduated from UT Tyler with a B.B.A in Finance and a post bachelor’s teacher certification. He and his wife of 14 years, Victoria, a hair stylist at Jade Panda, have two children, Kira and Tanner. He coaches Jr. High football, basketball, track and teaches 8th grade math.

Coach Jones is beginning his 17th year coaching in Whitehouse with a total of 20 years of coaching experience. He started his coaching career in Joshua ISD. He is a graduate of China Spring High School received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Lamar University. Coach Jones and his wife, Mollie, have been married for 14 years. She teaches science at Holloway Middle School. They have a daughter, Mackie, 11, and a son, Cameron, 8.

Coach Kelley graduated from Garrison High School and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. This will be his fifth year as the Boys Basketball head coach and assistant golf coach. Prior to WHS, he coached for seven years at Jacksonville High School. Coach Kelley and his wife, Abbie, have been married for 10 years. She teaches kindergarten at Higgins Elementary. They have three children: Aniston-8, Boston-5 and Blaire-3.

Coach McFadden is entering his 22nd year coaching and 19th year at Whitehouse High School. He is a graduate of Pine Tree High School in Longview, Texas. After high school, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1995, and he earned his MEd in educational leadership in 2016.  He began his coaching career in Brenham, Texas, where he stayed for three years before coming to Whitehouse. In addition to football, he is the head soccer coach, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology. He has been married to Tiffany, a math teacher at Holloway Middle School, for 17 years. They have a son, Ryan, 14, and a daughter, Rylee, 11.

Coach McMahon is married to his best friend, Brittany and they have three children, Colton (10 years), Mahayla (9 years), and Weston (9 months).  He graduated from UT Tyler and he is starting his 11th year of coaching.  His first 8 years were here at Whitehouse coaching football and boys' basketball.  He left Whitehouse to be the Head Girls Basketball coach at Lindale.  He coach there for two years.  Though it was a short stint in Lindale, he is excited to be back where it all started as the Head Girls Basketball and assistant track coach.  He is excited to be a Wildcat again.
Coach McMullen is a current Speech Communications major at The University of Texas at Tyler who is entering his first year as Assistant Tennis Coach and Educational Aide.  Coach McMullen has made three state tennis appearances; receiving silver and gold medal his junior and senior year.  He is the 2 year founder of Generate, a sports camp and Christian conference during the summer.  He has been married for a year to his gorgeous wife, Hailie, and they have an only child that barks names Lola.  He is devout Christian that keeps God his priority and is excited for his opportunity to be placed in such a great school.
 

Coach Miller is beginning his 18th year of coaching. He coached in Austin for three years before moving to East Texas where he coached in Rusk for 3 years. Coach Miller spent the last 10 years coaching at Tyler Lee. He graduated from The University of Texas Austin with a Bachelor of Science and he has a Master of Education Administration from Lamar University. In addition to football, Coach Miller is coaching basketball and teaching Business Information Management. He has been married to Lara for 16 years and they have a 11 year old daughter, Morgan.

Coach Nordin started teaching and coaching in 2007, and began working at Whitehouse High School in 2010. She is the head coach for volleyball, assistant girls track coach, and teaches Health. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Kinesiology from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She also played collegiate volleyball for four years while attending OBU. She continued her education at UT Tyler earning a master’s degree in kinesiology. She has been married to her OBU college sweetheart since 2007.

 

Coach Rumbelow is a 2008 graduate of Bullard High School and a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. This will be his fifth year with Whitehouse. He teaches World History and coaches football and basketball. Coach Rumbelow is married to his wife, Laura, who teaches at Oak Hill Montessori School. They live in Whitehouse with their son, Jett and two dogs, Chloe and Rocky.

Coach Sheppard is beginning his 29th year of teaching and 18th year of coaching at WHS. He graduated from Conroe High School before earning his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Tyler and his Master in Administrative Leadership and Policies from the University of Texas at Arlington. He began teaching and coaching at Palestine Westwood in 1989. He also taught math at Jacksonville High School for six years before coming to Whitehouse. He is currently the assistant volleyball coach and teaches math. He loves coaching teams to be their best through faith, teamwork, family, and hard work. Coach Sheppard is married to his wife of 34 years, Joy. They have three children: Jon Jr., 31; Matthew, 29; Elizabeth, 19; and three of the most beautiful granddaughters ever: Madison, 3; Kenley, 2; and five of the most beautiful granddaughters ever.

Coach Shields is beginning his 34th year of coaching and his 12th year at Whitehouse. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School before earning his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of Education (Secondary) from Stephen F. Austin State University and his Administrator’s Certificate from Texas A&M-Commerce. He began coaching at Plano Senior High School and coached there for 17 years. He also coached at Klein High School and Henderson High School. Coach Shields is married to LeAnn and they have two children: Jake, 21, and Michelle, 17.

Coach Thompson is beginning his 8th year coaching and his second year at Whitehouse. He graduated from UT Tyler earning his bachelor of science in history. Coach Thompson began coaching in Winona. He has also coached in Brownsboro. In addition to coaching football and basketball, he also teaches World Geography at WHS. Coach Thompson is married to Amanda, a first grade teacher. They have two boys: Jace, 4 and Kaden, 2.

Coach Thompson is in her 11th year of coaching and her second year at Whitehouse ISD. She will be coaching at the Junior High campus and teaching 7th grade Texas History. Coach Thompson graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas and attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway Arkansas. She also coached at Pleasant Grove for 9 years. She has two boys Tate and Gabe and she lives in South Tyler.

Jacob grew up mostly in Tyler, Texas.  He went to high school at Grace Community School.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from East Texas Baptist University where he also played baseball and helped coach.  Jacob is now working towards his Master's in Kinesiology specializing in Exercise Science.
Will Whitehead spent the last 11 years as an Athletic Trainer in the Colorado Rockies organization from 2007-2017.  Two years before that as an Athletic Trainer for the Texas Tech baseball team from 2005-2007.  He graduated with a Master's in Athletic Training from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2005.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from SFASU in 2000.  He graduated from Rusk High School in 1993.  He is originally from Henderson.  Will is a nationally certified athletic trainer and nationally certified strength and conditioning coach.  He lives in Bullard on Lake Palestine.  He is married to his beautiful wife, Jenn who is an elementary teacher at Cumberland Academy.  He has two girls, 8 year old Charley and 6 year old Avery.  They both love soccer and gymnastics.  He also has a 9 year old Aussie name Rocky.  He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hunting, fishing and playing with the girls.

 

Coach Luke Yarbrough is beginning his 13th year of coaching. He joins the Whitehouse staff after 4 years of coaching football, basketball and track at both the JH & Varsity level at All Saints in Tyler. Prior to moving to Tyler he coached Varsity football at Northside Christian in St. Petersburg, FL and then Varsity basketball and track at Dallas Cambridge. Coach Y will teach 8th grade US History and coach Jr. High football, basketball and track for the Wildcats. Coach Y completed both his undergraduate and graduate work in Sport Mgt. from California University of Pennsylvania. He and his amazing wife, Laci, have four children Lily (11), Levi (8), Lyza Sue (6) and Lukas (4). Lily & Levi have attended Whitehouse schools for the past four years. The Yarbrough's are looking forward to cheering on the Wildcats for another great season.