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BRETT VAVRA
POSITION: Head Football Coach

ATHLETIC BACKGROUND:
Coach Vavra played high school football at Sprayberry High School where he was a 4-year starter at Tight End, Fullback, and Middle Linebacker.  His senior year he was named 1st team All-Region, and MDJ Defensive Player of the Year.  He finished his career at Sprayberry with 389 total tackles and signed with the Naval Academy to play football.  After 1 season at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, he transferred to Tennessee Tech University where he played 4 seasons at Middle Linebacker starting 3 years.  In his senior season, he was voted All-OVC 2nd Team Defense, All-Academic District Team, 2-time OVC Defensive Player of the Week, and was named 2005 Tennessee Tech “Man of the Year”.

COACHING EXPERIENCE: 
He began his coaching career at Sprayberry H.S. in the spring of 2005 as the linebackers coach and taught in the special education department.  In fall of 2005, Coach Vavra spent one season coaching the Defensive Line at South Cobb High School whose defense gave up 5.5 points per game and won a region championship.  In 2006, he coached the inside linebackers at North Cobb High School where they won a region championship. In addition to coaching football, he also managed the Girl’s Track and Field program.  Coach Vavra then moved on to Sprayberry H.S. where he spent the next 5 seasons coaching linebackers, coordinating the special teams, coordinating the strength and conditioning program, and coaching Track and Field.  In his time there, Sprayberry won a region championship (2008), made the state playoffs 4 out of 5 seasons, and finished state runner-up in track and field (2012). In 2012, Coach Vavra moved on to Etowah H.S. in Cherokee County as the Defensive Coordinator, Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, and Boy’s Head Track Coach. In 5 seasons at Etowah, his defenses allowed an average of 21 points a game, made a state semi-final run in 2014, and won 2 state championships with the weightlifting team.   He was also named The Cherokee County Track Coach of the Year in 2016.  Coach Vavra is in his 17th year of coaching and his 5th as the head coach at Sprayberry. They Yellow Jackets are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons and a 2nd round playoff appearance. 

Coach Vavra resides in Marietta with his beautiful wife Mary and children, Serena (20), Lilly (11), and Greyson (1).







CHESTER RANSOM
POSITION: Wide Receivers Coach

EDUCATION:
Nashville-North HS, Nashville, TN
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN: 1976-1980 (BS)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Nashville North High School - 3-Year Letterman in Varsity Football and Track.
Finished 3rd at State Track Meet in 4x200 Relay.  Team set new school record for the event.

Middle Tennessee State - Track Team all 4 years, 3 Conference Championship Teams.
2 Outdoor Conference Championship Teams, 1 Indoor Conference Championship Team.
Events: 400 Intermediate Hurdles, 4x400 Relay, 4x200 Relay, 400 m, 600m, 800m

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Starting 39th year of coaching on CCSD.
2 years South Cobb High School Football Assistant Coach
Sprayberry High School: 1985-present
Starting 40th year coaching Track and Field, 35 years coaching Sprayberry Track and Field
Sprayberry Girls Basketball Coach: 2004-2007
Sprayberry Girls Track Head Coach: 1987-2022
Sprayberry Boys Head Track Coach: 2004-2007
South Cobb Boys Assistant Track Coach: 1983-1984
South Cobb Boys Head Track Coach: 1985
Powder Springs Youth Track Club Head Coach: 1981-1982

Coach Ransom lives with his wife Candace.  Their son, Sean graduated from Sprayberry High School and GA Southern University.  Sean and his wife Kaily have a daughter, Marie.





JAMEY STILTZ
POSITION:  RB's Coach/Athletic Coordinator
& Head Wrestling Coach

This season will be his 20th season coaching football. Prior to returning to Sprayberry, he was the Defensive Coordinator for Centennial High School for 2 years.  Prior to that he was at Kennesaw Mountain High School as the Secondary Coach and Special teams Coordinator. Formerly, he coached 8 years at Harrison High School as a defensive assistant coach. He has also coached Wrestling and Soccer.

Coach Stiltz is a graduate of Sprayberry High School. He was a member of the Middle Tennessee State football team. He transferred to Kennesaw State to finish his undergraduate degree in chemistry. He has also earned a Masters of Science in Kinesiology form Georgia Southern University. He has taught Chemistry for 9 years and is currently teaching in the PE department here at Sprayberry High School. Coach Stiltz is also the Athletic Coordinator.

EDUCATION: 
High School Sprayberry High School Graduate
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Kennesaw State
Masters of Science in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 
Played DL & LB for Middle Tennessee State

 FOOTBALL COACHING HIGH SCHOOL: 
2003-2004 LB Coach for Sprayberry High
2005-2006 DL Coach for Pope High
2006-2013 Harrison High School
Positions Coached OLB, DE, DL, Safeties, LB
JV Head Coach 1 year
Special Teams Coordinator 2008
2013-2014 Kennesaw Mountain High School      
Secondary Coach and Special Teams Coordinator
2014-2016 Centennial High School
Defensive Coordinator - Secondary Coach
2016-2018 Sprayberry High
2018 RB's Coach

FOOTBALL COACHING SEMI PRO:
2006-2013 Defensive Coordinator for Atlanta Defenders
NPSFL Div. II National Championships 2010 & 2012

WRESTLING COACHING:
2003-2004 Sprayberry High
2005-2006 Pope High
2006-2013 Harrison
 
SOCCER COACH:
2014-2015 Varsity Boys Head Coach

Coach Stiltz and his wife Kathryn have a daughter Caroline (12) and a son Ryder (9).





CHRIS STEWART
POSITION: Defensive Coordinator / Safeties

EDUCATION:
Pedagogy - Specialists in Coaching
Georgia State University - Masters Special Education
Jacksonville State University - B.S. Psychology
Graduate of Lassiter High School 1992

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Defensive Back / Wide Receiver Union College (Mid -South Conference Champions 1992
Francis L. Patridge Award (Excellence in Academics and Athletics)
Defensive Back Lassiter High School

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
22 years coaching experience, 12 years as a Defensive Coordinator
Sprayberry High School - Assistant Head Coach / Secondary 
Walton High School - Defensive Coordinator/Safeties 
South Forsyth High School - Outside Line Backs 
Riverwood High School - Defensive Coordinator / Secondary 
 Wheeler High School - Secondary

Coach Stewart is married to Leigh Ann and they have a son Cole (13) and a daughter Alexis (12).
 



WILLIAM SZPOR
POSITION: Offensive Coordinator

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's in physical education/Health - Malone University
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction - Georgia Souther University

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
College
Four-year starting quarterback
Top 5 in record books for most yards in a career, touchdowns, completions, attempts and completion percentage.
Three year captain.
Honorable mention in the GLIAC as a junior and senior.
Led an offense as a junior that averaged 33 points/game and 450 total yards in offense.

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Etowah High School
Co-Passing Game Coordinator & Wide Receivers Coach: 2019-2020
Assisted coaching two young men who earned the opportunity to play football at Kennesaw State and Jacksonville State.
Assistant Coach of the Year: 2020
Campbell High School
Wide Receivers Coach: 2017 - Assisted in coaching three young men who earned the opportunity to play football at the next level.
Quarterbacks Coach: 2018 - Assisted in coaching a young man who earned the opportunity to play football at Presbyterian University.
Jenkins High School - Wide Receivers Coach & Special Teams Coordinator: 2016
Malone University - Assistant Quarterback Coach: 2014

Coach Szpor and his wife Corrin have a son CJ (2) and just welcomed a baby girl, Leighton Noelle. They also have two pups that have been a part of the family since it was established.





PAT HALL
POSITION: Cornerbacks Coach

EDUCATION:
Auburn University - BA English 2005
LaGrange College - MAT Sports Management 2008
South Dakota - MA Sports Management 2021

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Houston Academy
Northside Methodist Academy
 
FOOTBALL COACHING EXPERIENCE:  
Sprayberry High School - Cornerbacks: 2017-present
Dominion Christian Schools - Head Football Coach: 2016  
North Cobb Christian School - Special Teams Coordinator / Linebackers: 2015  
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School - Defensive Coordinator: 2014  
The Walker School - Assistant Head Football Coach / Defensive Coordinator: 2011-2013 
West Forsyth High School - 9th Grade Assistant Coach:2010  
Walton High School - 9th Grade Defensive Coordinator: 2008-2009  
LaGrange College - Safeties Coach (Graduate Assistant): 2006-2007 
Auburn High School - Assistant Offensive Line Coach: 2005-2006

Coach Hall married his wife in 2009.  They live in Acworth with their 3 daughters Piper (9), Alex Paige (5), and Campbell (7mo) and dog Daisy.  Coach Hall teaches English at Sprayberry, where he also serves as the department chair. 




KYLE ADKINS
POSITION: Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line

EDUCATION:
Americus High School - graduated 1997
Georgia Southwestern State University - BS Social Science Education
Walden University - M. Ed. Education Leadership
Nova Southeastern University - Ed. S Educational Leadership

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
 Shaw High School - Head Football Coach
Pope High School - Head Football Coach
Campbell High School - Head Football Coach / Athletic Coordinator
Braswell Institute / Interim Athletic Director

Coach Adkins is married to his wife April and together they have four children, Bobby, Mia, Laney and Tiki (English Bulldog).





JOHN WERNQUIST
POSITION: Outside Linebackers

EDUCATION:
Brevard College - B.A. Mathematics
American College of Education - Masters of Education in Educational Technology

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Dorman High School
Illinois College - OL
Brevard College - OL/DL

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Brevard College - Student Assistant: 2009
St. Stephens High School - Assistant Football Coach, OL, DL, Inside LB
St. Stephens High School - Assistant Track and Field Coach: 2011-2012
St. Stephens High School - Head Track and Field Coach: 2013
Camden High School - 9th Grade WR & DL: 2013-2014
Spartanburg Christian Academy - Defensive Coordinator, DL, LB: 2016-2018
Spartanburg Christian Academy - Assistant Baseball Coach: 2015-2016
Spartanburg Christian Academy - Head MS Basketball Coach: 2015-2018
Gable Middle School - Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers; 2018-2021

Coach Wernquist lives with his wife Christine and their two daughters, Cadence (3) and Ramsey (1)

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ROBERT JENKINS
POSITION: Offensive Line

EDUCATION:
Sprayberry High School
Lipscomb University

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Lipscomb Campus School - Football
Pebblebrook High School - Football, Lacrosse

Coach Jenkins and his wife Amanda have four children, Randi (11), Evie (8), Ben (6), and Lulu (2).



SCOTTIE CONNORS
POSITION: Linebackers / Special Teams Coordinator

EDUCATION:
Harrison High School
LaGrange College - BS is Exercise Science
Georgia State University - MAT in Physical Education

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
LaGrange College 2011-2014
2nd Team All-Conference Offensive Line - 2014

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Walton High School 2015-2016
Sprayberry 2017- Present

Coach Connors lives with his wife Lindsay.


JESUS VENTURA
POSITION:

EDUCATION:
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology - Pace University: 2015
South Bronx High School: 2009-2011
DeWitt Clinton High School: 2007-2009

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Pace University - Wide Receiver (NCAA Division 2)
South Bronx High School - Wide Receiver

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Lassiter High School - Running Backs Coach: 2021
A. Philip Randolph High School - Outside Linebackers & Running Backs Coach: 2018-2020
Bronx Buccaneers - Receivers Coach: 2016-2018

Coach Ventura has a passion for teaching and mentoring students as well as college counseling.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley, who serves as a Financial Aid Counselor at Kennesaw State University.  They welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Alessia, into the world the past November.



JOHN WHITE
POSITION: Film Crew Coordinator

EDUCATION:
Kennesaw State University

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Swimmer at Sprayberry High School

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Sprayberry High School - Head Volleyball Coach
Sprayberry High School - Head Swim and Dive Coach
Sprayberry High School - Head Men's Tennis Coach
Sprayberry High School - Assistant Baseball Coach

Coach White lives with his wife Jordan and their daughter, Wren.





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