Head Coach Aaron Arnold
After three years as the Offensive Line Coach and Assistant Head Coach for the Scotties, Aaron Arnold is now the Highland Head Coach, replacing Ryan Held who took the head coaching position at NEO.
In 2013 Arnold coached an offensive line unit that led the Jayhawk conference in total offense (428 yards per game) and finished sixth nationally in passing offense (301 yards per game). Highland’s high powered offense was instrumental in earning them a playoff appearance for the first time in school history. Arnold’s group protected 1st Team Jayhawk Conference quarterback Brandon Bergeron who broke virtually every major Highland passing record. The 2013 offensive line produced two All-Conference selections. Jeff Travillion earned second team honors at tackle while Avery Richard was an honorable mention selection at guard. Since Arnold’s arrival at Highland, the offense has seen a total improvement of over 285 yards per game and over 14 points per game.
Arnold joined the Highland staff after serving as an assistant strength coach at Texas Tech where he worked under Tommy Tuberville. Prior to his time at Tech, Aaron spent three seasons as a strength coach at Kansas State University under Bill Snyder and was part of the staff that led the Wildcats to the Pinstripe Bowl.
Arnold began his collegiate playing career at Garden City Community College where he served as a team co-captain. In two years at Garden City, he helped lead the Busters to two conference championships, one Region VI championship, the Real Dairy Bowl, and the Valley of the Sun Bowl for the national championship game. His sophomore season he was awarded All Conference honors. He then transferred to Kansas State University where he was part of two bowl teams, the Insight.com Bowl and the Holiday Bowl. While attending Kansas State, Arnold earned his B.S. in Social Science.
Aaron is originally from Scott City, Kansas. He graduated from Scott Community High School where he was a 3 year starter for the Beavers. He was recently engaged to be married, and his fiance Kristin is also originally from Scott City.
Defensive Coordinator/ Linebacker Coach Ruzell McCoy
Ruzell McCoy returns for third season on the Highland staff. He will
serve as Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach. In 2013, he
led a defensive line that produced six players with Division I scholarship offers. The Scottie defense finished the season as one of the top four overall defenses in the conference. McCoy joined the program in 2011 as the Linebackers coach.
McCoy was a four year starter for Southwestern OK State University at linebacker, while the Bulldogs competed at the NCAA Division II level in the prestigious Lonestar Conference (LSC). McCoy was a member of the 2007 Lonestar North Division Championship team, the school’s first shared title since 1998. McCoy also made First Team All LSC linebacker in 2007. He finished his football career with 286 tackles and set a school record with 49.5 tackles for loss. He led the team and the LSC North in tackles with 107 in 2008 and was named to the LSC North Division First Team, North Linebacker of the Year, and was First Team All-American by the Football Gazette, the school’s first since joining Division II.
Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterback Coach Chance Farrell
Chance Farrell returns for his third season with the Scotties and will serve as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach. Farrell joined the
Highland football staff in 2012 as the Tight End’s coach. In 2013 he was elevated to Wide Receiver, Tight End, and Assistant Quarterback coach. His receiving corp finished 1st in the Jayhawk in receiving yards per game as well as 6th nationally. The 2013 receiving corp produced two All-Conference selections and a 1st Team QB in Brandon Bergeron. Brennan Boland earned 2nd Team All Jayhawk honors as a Tight End. Durwin Jones received an Honorable Mention bid and led the conference in receiving touchdowns at Wide Receiver. In Chance’s time with Highland, he has shown tremendous talent for player development, having mentored both Brennan Boland of Overland Park, KS, who will attend Ohio University and Justin Dickey of Mulvane, KS, who will attend The University of Central Arkansas.
Chance grew up in Redfield, KS and played his high school football at Blue Valley West in Overland Park, KS. Chance was an All-State Quarterback and received multiple honors as the quarterback for the class 5A Jaguars in 2002. His honors included EKL Player of the Year, Sun Country Player of the Year, and an invitation to the Kansas Shrine Bowl. He then attended Fort Scott Community College where he started six games at QB for the Greyhounds his freshman year, earning Pre-Season All-American honors heading into the next season. After Fort Scott, Chance attended the University of Kansas and earned a spot on the Jayhawk roster. After KU, Chance earned his B.S. in criminal justice through Fort Hays State University.
Assistant Head Coach/ Special Teams Coordinator/ Defensive Backs Coach Bob Majeski
Bob is beginning his second year as a member of the Highland Scottie football program. Majeski, a 29 year veteran of the coaching profession, will be shifting his coaching emphasis from the offensive side of the ball to special teams and coaching the secondary. Bob brings a wealth of knowledge to the defensive side of the ball having previously served as the defensive coordinator at Coffeyville in 2006-07. While at Coffeyville, Majeski lead the #1 ranked defense in the conference.
The 2013 Scottie offense showed a marked improvement under the direction of Majeski, leading the conference in total offense and passing. The offense showed an increase in scoring per game of 19.5 points, total yards 240.6 yards per game, and 221.1 passing yards per game. As offensive coordinator, Majeski mentored record breaking quarterback Brandon Bergeron, who re-wrote the Highland passing record book. Bergeron was named 1st Team Jayhawk Conference Quarterback. Brandon was #1 in the Conference in passing, total offense, and pass efficiency. Bergeron also lead the nation with a pass completion rate of 70.9 %. The Scottie offense ranked 1st in the Conference in total offense and passing offense. Four Scottie receivers ranked in the top 10 of the Jayhawk Conference.
Prior to joining the Highland coaching staff, Bob held the position of Head Football coach at Dodge City Community College. Bob was named Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year for the 2010 football season. Previous coaching stops include Coffeyville Community College and Trinity Valley College at the two-year level. Stops at the four year college level include: Nebraska-Omaha, Kearney State College, Rocky Mountain College, Kansas Wesleyan University, Wayne State College and Black Hills State University. Bob is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Bob played football at Kansas State University from 1980-1983 and also ran track. A native of Omaha, NE, Bob graduated from Millard High School. Majeski returned to Omaha after his playing days at K-State to complete his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his master’s from Kearney State College. Bob and his wife Cheryl have two daughters Mandy and Maddison and through his marriage to Cheryl, Bob has two stepchildren and 5 grandchildren.
Running Backs Coach/ Video Coordinator Mitchell Kleinschrodt
2014 will be Mitchell Kleinschrodt’s first season as Running Backs Coach at Highland Community College after previously serving as a Graduate Assistant at Division II St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. In 2013, Mitchell assisted coaching the defensive backs and 1st Team All-Conference cornerback Marvin Matthews and 2nd Team All-Conference cornerback Jordan Sefon. In 2012, Kleinschrodt coached the running backs and assisted in coaching 1st team all-conference recipient Michael Walker. During his time at St. Cloud State University, the Huskies finished the 2012 season at 7-4 and in 2013 finished the season 12-2, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Mitchell, a native of Alden, MN, graduated in 2008 from Alden-Conger High School. He went on to Gustavus Adolphus College where he bounced around both sides of the ball playing quarterback, wide receiver, and later finished as a defensive back. Mitchell graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and also holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from St. Cloud State University.
Wide Receivers Coach Payton Kirk
2014 will be Payton Kirk’s first season coaching Wide Receivers at Highland Community College. Payton spent the past two seasons working on both sides of the ball at Liberty High School, which is also where he attended. In his first season with Liberty, he worked with the offensive line and had all five players receive post-season honors with two receiving an All-State nod. Payton’s second season at Liberty was spent as the Varsity Defensive Line Coach and saw the team finish at 7-4 and inside the top 10 in the state. One of Coach Kirk’s defensive linemen was selected to 1st Team All-Conference and All-District and Honorable Mention All-State. The Liberty defense also posted two shutouts and ranked among the tops in the state in points per game, tackles for loss, sacks, and turnovers.
Payton is a native of Liberty, MO and graduated from Liberty High School in 2007. Upon graduation, he chose to attend Kansas State University where he played from 2007-2012. Payton played in 39 games in his career and two bowl games as a defensive lineman and on several special teams. He was named to 2nd Team All-Academic Big 12 twice and to the 1st Team in his final season. Payton was also voted a Player Representative in his last year at KSU. His last game was in January of 2012 at the Cotton Bowl against a Top 10 Arkansas team. Payton graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education in May of 2012. Coach Kirk will be getting married to Heather Wansing in July of 2014.
Defensive Line Coach Walter Vaughn