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." The 2011 campaign was a struggle for the Red Dogs. The Bulldogs played the toughest schedule in Arkansas,
including 7 teams that finished in the top 10 of their classification and three teams that played in the state finals. They battled injuries
from the start, losing 14 starters at different times of the season. The Team lost their first 6 games, before overcoming adversity and
winning 3 of their last 4 games, finishing 5th place in the 7A-West, advancing them to 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 has had
the honor of serving as President of the Arkansas Football Coaches Association for the past four years. 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 both seniors for the Red Dogs.
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 3rd year as offensive coordinator for the Springdale High
School Bulldogs football program. Mark is married 28 years to wife, Perri. They have four children, two daughters, Amanda, 24 and
Alana, 20 and twin sons Will and Wyatt, 18.
Eric Middleton is in his second season as the defensive coordinator at Springdale High School. Middleton came to Springdale after
spending 28 years coaching in the high school and college ranks in Louisiana. Middleton's experience includes 17 years at his alma
mater, West Monroe High School that won 2 National Championships, 5 state championships, and as state runner-up 4 times during his
Additional experience includes: serving as a defensive coordinator on two other high schools that were state semi-finalist, head football
coach at Minden High School; and defensive coordinator at Louisiana College.
Graduated Heber Springs High School in 1966. Played Football,Basketball,And Track. Graduated UCA in 1972 with a BSE in PE and
Started Coaching at Heber Springs in 1972 as an assistant in Football, Basketball, and Track in junior and senior high. In 1976, became
head football coach winning 3 conference championships in 12 years. Athletic Director at Heber for 5 years.
In 1988, became Athletic Director, Head FB coach and Head BB coach at Shiloh Christian in Springdale. Started FB program at Shiloh
in 1989. Won 4 games that year, the most for a 1st year program. Was Head FB coach for 7 years and BB for 4 years. Won 1st FB
Conference championship. Took BB team to 1st State Tournment.
In 1996 came to work at Springdale High. I became an assistant at SHS in 1997. Have coached defensive line,offensive line, and running
backs. Assistant AD for 5 years.
Married to Paula DeBusk. We have 3 daughters Ashley, Allison, Heather, 2 sons Todd, Jay, son-in-law Greg, and 4 granddaughters
Lauren, Claire, J'Leigh,Eva.
Trey LaValle begins his second year as an assistant for the Springdale Bulldogs, working with the offensive line. LaValle brings a wealth
of experience from the High School and Collegiate levels, and is looking forward to many successful seasons at Springdale.
LaValle coached six seasons as offensive line coach, during that period LaValle also spent a two year stint as the offensive coordinator
at his alma mater after joining the Mulerider staff in 2005. He also served as the team's academic coordinator and NCAA eligibility
coordinator. During his tenure at SAU, LaValle coached four players to All-Gulf South Conference honors and three All-Region players.
LaValle spent 2004-05 at Mountain Home High School, where he served as an assistant football coach, tutoring the offensive line and
secondary. The previous year, he was a graduate assistant with the Muleriders, working with the offensive line and tight ends.
A former offensive lineman for the Muleriders, LaValle red-shirted his first season and then became a four-year starter for SAU. In 1999,
he was named a second team sophomore All-American and was also second team All-Gulf South Conference. His junior year, LaValle
was a first team All-South Region selection and first team All-GSC. In his senior season in 2001, he was named pre-season
All-American and again a first team All-GSC pick, was second team All-South Region, and played in the 2002 NCAA Division II
Whataburger Cactus Bowl All-Star game.
LaValle received his B.S.E. in Health, Kinesiology and Recreation in 2002 and his M.Ed. in Kinesiology in 2004, both from Southern
Arkansas. A native of Farmerville, La., LaValle is married to the former Ginger Steelman of Junction City. They have two children
Josiah(3) and Elaina(1).
Coach Middleton begins his second year as the Bulldogs Co-Secondary Coach.
Prior to coming to Springdale, Middleton spent two years in Natchitoches, LA at Natchitoches Central High School as the Passing Game
Coordinator/Wide Receivers coach. After coming off two seasons of 0-10 and 1-9, he helped lead the way to a record of 6-5 in his second
season. Natchitoches Central reached the Louisiana State playoffs for the first time in 8 years.
He helped guide an offense that finished in the top 10 of several offensive categories in the state of Louisiana. The Chiefs' quarterback
finished #1 in overall passing in 5-A, #3 in the state. Two of his receivers finished #2 and #5 in 5-A, #2 and #7 overall in the state.
Middleton has produced five all-district wide receivers, one running back, and one quarterback. Two of which were selected as All-State
Middleton played collegiately at Mississippi College and Louisiana College. He lettered as a wide receiver and punt/kick returner.
Middleton is married to the former Stephanie Hindman of Jackson, MS. They have been married 3 years and welcomed their daughter
Aubree on February 24, 2012.
Robert Johnson begins his first season with the Bulldogs. Johnson will coach defensive linemen and coordinate the special teams this
year. Prior to that, Johnson was head coach at Hamburg High School for three years. Previously, Johnson has had coaching stints at
Texarkana, TX. (1993-1994), Hamburg (1994-1996, 2008-2011), Magnolia (1996-2003), and Mountain Home(2003-2008).
A native of Magnolia, Johnson graduated in 1987 from Magnolia High School where he was all-district in football. A 1992 graduate of
Southern Arkansas University, Johnson lettered four years at wide receiver. In 2000, Johnson earned a master's degree from S.A.U.
Johnson and his wife, Michelle, an English teacher, have two children. Caitlin(22), a 2007 Mountain Home graduate, earned a B. S. E
degree in business from Southern Arkansas University in 2011. Will(15) is a sophomore at Springdale High School.
A native of Booneville, Arkansas, Steve Mikles graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Education from the
University of Arkansas. He has held assistant defensive positions at Elkins High School and Rogers High School as well as Beaufort
High School in Beaufort, South Carolina. He spent 8 years in Orlando, Florida where he was defensive coordinator and led his team to
the Florida State Championship game in 2006. Steve is in his third year coaching defensive backs at Springdale High School. He has
been married to Megan Mikles for ten years and together they have one daughter, Peyton, who is three and are expecting their second
child in mid August.