Shane Patrick was hired in late January of 2010, as only the 4th head coach in the last 40 years at Springdale High School. Since that
time Coach Patrick and his staff work hard to get the Red Dogs back to the top of the conference and state. As Coach says, "It is a
process to get to the top and we will complete the process and restore Springdale High to its traditional place at the top of the
conference and state."
In 2012, the Bulldogs suffered through another injury plagued season, finishing 6th place in the 7A-West, with a 4-6 record. The 2011
campaign finished with a disappointing 3-8 record, finishing 5th place in the 7A-West, earning them a trip the 7A State Play-offs. He led
the Red Dogs to a 4th place finish in the 7A-West, with a 6-5 overall record, topped off with a trip to the 7A State Play-offs in 2010.
Coach Patrick is the Past President of the Arkansas Football Coaches Association and Serves on the Board of Directors. He has also
severed on many state committees dealing with athletics.
Before coming to Springdale Coach Patrick spent 7 seasons as the Mountain Home's Head Football Coach. He has and overall record of
31-40-2 in his those seven years, turning a program around that had not had a winning season in 20 years. Patrick led the Bombers to 4
Play-off appearances in his time at Mountain Home, most ever in the history of the school. In 2009, Coach Patrick led the Mountain
Home to a 5-5-1 record, while finishing 5th in the 6A East and a 4th play-off appearance in the previous 5 years. The 2008 season was
capped by a 3rd place finish in the 6A east and a first round play-off birth, with a 5-6 record. The 2007 season was derailed early with
injuries with the Bombers finishing 2-7-1 and a tie for 5th place in the conference. Patrick was named the State Football Coach of the
Year for the State of Arkansas by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association in 2007. In 2006 he guided the Bombers
to their first Conference Championship since 1982 and a first ever state title game. They finished the season with the highest ranking in
school history (#2 in 6A and #6 over-all in the State of Arkansas). Patrick was named the 6A East Coach of the Year and the 6A Coach
of the Year, The Arkansas Democrat Football Coach of the Year, and was voted by the coaches as the Outstanding Football Coach in
the State of Arkansas. The 2005 Campaign ended with a 5A East Conference Runner-up title. The Bombers also hosted the first play-off
game since 1983. Coach Patrick was elected to represent the 6A East on the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star
Football Staff. In his second season at the helm he guided the Bombers to a 4-6 record finishing in 5th place in the 5A-East. He was
selected to in 2004 to represent the State of Arkansas as a delegate to the NFL Youth Football Summit in Canton, Ohio during the NFL
Hall of Fame Week. In his first season Patrick inherited a squad of only 28 players. The 2002 Bombers finished the season 1-9 and 7th
in the 5A East.
Before taking over at Mountain Home Coach Patrick spent 6 years at Ruston High School in Ruston, LA. In that time the Bearcats were
ranked in the top 10 teams in the State of Louisiana with one State Runner-up and two semi-finalists titles. He was the outside
linebacker coach in his first season (1997). He then took over as offensive coordinator in 1998. The '98 squad finished #2 in the State and
#41 Nationally by Fox Sports. The '99 team finished ranked #3 in the state and #48 Nationally. 2000-2002 all finished ranked in the top 7
in the state and made it to at least the 2nd round of the play-offs. In 2002 Coach Patrick Earned his Master's of Science in Education
Degree from Louisiana Tech University.
Prior to Ruston Coach Patrick served as Defensive Coordinator at West Ouachita High School in West Monroe, Louisiana for 2 seasons.
Both years the Chiefs finished with conference runner-up titles and play-off births. Coach Patrick began his high school coaching career
at Stuttgart High school, where he worked under legendary George Burke as offensive line coach and secondary coach. Coach Patrick
served as graduate assistant at Southern Arkansas University for former Arkansas State Head Coach Steve Roberts. He coached
defensive ends and outside linebackers.
Coach Patrick earned his bachelor's degree at Southern Arkansas University where he was a 4 year letterman in football. He earned
All-AIC defensive lineman honors his junior and senior seasons. He also won the Senior Academic Award. Patrick graduated from
McCamey High School in McCamey, Texas, where he was an Honor graduate and a three-sport letterman (football, basketball, and
track). Coach Patrick is married to Melissa Patrick. Melissa is a Kindergarten teacher at Tyson Elementary. Shane and Melissa have
twin sons (Jay and Clay) who are 2013 graduates of SHS and are playing football at Ouachita Baptist University.
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.