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Prior Coaching Jobs: Fayetteville HS, UCA
Awards Received as Coach or Player:
2-time All-State (FHS), All-Conference (UCA)
University of Arkansas
University of Central Arkansas
Married to: Sarah
Children: Cooper (8), Tyler (6)
Hobbies: Spending time with family
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Mark graduated in 1979 from Jacksonville High School where he played wide receiver on the 1978 4A State Championship Team. He
went on to play college football at Ouachita Baptist University, playing wide receiver on the 1982 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference
Championship Team. Mark graduated from OBU in 1983. While working on his masters in 1983-1985 at Southern Arkansas University,
Mark coached receivers.
In 1985 Mark was hired as head junior high football coach at Harrison Junior High School where they won the conference championship.
In 1986-1988 Mark was offensive coordinator at Harrison High School. In 1988, Mark was hired as offensive coordinator at Arkadelphia
High School and coached there for two years before accepting his first head high school football coaching job at Rison in 1990. During
his three years at Rison, the wildcats won back to back state championships ending Barton's nationally recognized winning streak. In
1993 Mark was hired as head football coach for the Ozark Hillbillies coaching there for two years before taking the Ashdown head football
job in1995. During his six years in Ashdown, the panthers won a conference championship in1998 and played in the state playoffs for the
first time in Ashdown's history, in 1998 and 2000. Mark became head football coach for the Newport Greyhounds in 2001, coaching the
Greyhounds in the state playoffs all four years while in Newport and winning conference championship in 2002. Mark accepted the head
football coaching job at his alma mater in 2005 at Jacksonville High School where he coached for 5 years. While in Jacksonville, the Red
Devils won a conference championship in 2006 and played in the state playoffs in 2005, 2006, and 2008, advancing to the 2nd round for
the first time since the '70's. In the 20 years as a head football coach, Mark has over 100 wins and coached twice in the Arkansas High
School Coaches Association All Star Football Game. Mark is starting his 5th year as offensive coordinator for the Springdale High
School Bulldog Football program. Mark is married 30 years to wife, Perri. They have four children, two daughters, Amanda, 26 and Alana,
22 and twin sons Will and Wyatt, 20.
Eric Middleton is his fifth season as the defensive coordinator at Springdale High School after spending 28 years coaching in Louisiana.
Middleton has 33 years experience as a high school and collegiate coach that included stops at West Monroe High School, Neville High
School, Minden High School, and Louisiana College. Middleton has a background of winning that includes:265 wins, 23 playoff
appearances, 13 semi final games, 9 state final games, 5 state championships, and 2 National Championships.
Graduated from University of Louisiana - Monroe in 1982. Coach Middleton is married to Susan Middleton and they have four children and
A native of Heber Springs, AR, Dennis excelled in football, basketball, and track. After graduation in 1966, he attended University of
Central Arkansas where he earned degrees in Physical Education and History. Dennis returned to Heber Springs to begin his coaching
career and spent 12 seasons as their Head Coach winning 3 conference championships during his tenure. He also spent 5 years as their
In 1988, Dennis moved to Shiloh Christian to be Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, and Head Basketball Coach. He was able to win
a conference championship in football and take the basketball team to their first state tournament in school history.
Dennis came to Springdale High School in 1996 and became an assistant football coach in 1997. During his time at Springdale, he has
coached the defensive line, offensive line, and is currently coaching the running backs. Dennis has also served as an Assistant Athletic
Director for 6 years.
He is married to Paula DeBusk and they have 5 children, daughters Ashley, Allison, Heather, and sons Todd and Jay. They also have a
son-in-law Greg and 4 granddaughters Lauren, Claire, J'Leigh, and Eva.
Derek is in his second season with the Red Dogs. Derek serves as Cornerbacks Coach and Special Teams Coordinator.
Derek graduated from Southside High School in Fort Smith where he was a 3 Year Letterman in both Football and Track, was twice
selected as All State, won the 2002 AAAAA Football State Championship, and was the Outstanding Lineman MVP for the 2003 AAA
All-Star game. Following his high school career, Derek went on to play college football and was a 2004 Letterman at the University of
Following his playing career he began his coaching career at the University of Arkansas as a Student Assistant from 2005-2008. He then
was named Defensive Graduate Assistant at Arkansas for the 2008-2009 season. In 2009, he left the University of Arkansas to become
the Defensive Coordinator at Jacksonville High School. He then became the Defensive Coordinator at Arkadelphia High School from
2010-2013 where the Badgers won the 2012 7-4A Conference Championship.
Derek received his BSE in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. Derek is married to the former Erin King of Arkadelphia, AR and
they have been married for 4 Years.