Head Coach Aaron Arnold
Aaron Arnold is entering his second season as the Highland Head Coach. After three years as the Offensive Line Coach and Assistant Head Coach for the Scotties, in his first season at the helm, Arnold led the Scotties to a 6-5 record and their second consecutive winning season. Throughout the 2014 season Arnold mentored eight players who received All-Conference honors and eight players who received Division I scholarships, with three others who will be walk-ons at the DI level and five players who accepted DII offers.
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 the team 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 three-year starter for the Beavers. He was recently married, and he and his wife Kristin - who is also originally from Scott City – are expecting their first child in October.
Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive Backs Coach Judd Remmers
Judd Remmers has returned to Highland football for his third season (12th overall) after being away from the program for a year. Remmers was the defensive coordinator prior to leaving and returns as the Assistant Head Coach and will be coaching the Secondary. During Remmers’ tenure as the defensive coordinator, he helped lead the Scotties resurgence in the KJCCC. In 2013, Highland finished in the top half of the Conference, had a winning season, made the playoffs, were bowl eligible, and upset #4 in the nation, Butler County. Remmers also guided the defense to a #3 Conference ranking in 2013 that produced several All-Conference selections and aided 12 players in receiving Division I offers.
Remmers joined the Highland staff after the 2011 season. Prior to that, he spent four years at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, three years at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and two years at Peru State College. Originally from Auburn, NE, he graduated from Auburn High School, earned his Bachelor’s degree from Peru State College in Elementary Education, and his Master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Educational Administration. Judd and Emilie have three children; Allie, Wes, and Rikki.
Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Payton Kirk
Payton Kirk comes back for his second year on Highland’s staff and is excited to start his first season as Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Kirk coached the Scottie wide receivers last season, who, as a group, accounted for 2,300 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Kirk also mentored the returners for the Scotties and saw them tally 1,054 yards and two touchdowns. He spent his first two seasons in coaching working on both sides of the ball at Liberty High School. 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. His 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 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.
Kirk is a native of Liberty, MO, and graduated from Liberty High School in 2007. After graduation, he chose to attend Kansas State University where he played from 2007-2012, playing 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. Kirk 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. Kirk graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education in May of 2012 and married Heather Wansing in July of 2014.
Running Back Coach/Video Coordinator Jarrett Stanton
2015 will be Jarrett Stanton’s first season with Highland. Previous to this, he was a graduate assistant at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. There he coached defensive backs. Last season he coached one MSFA All-Conference player after the team had none in the secondary the previous season. Prior to Olivet, Jarrett worked at Mayville State University in North Dakota. There he coached the defensive secondary as well as being the special teams coordinator. During the 2013 season, he coached three NSAA 1st Team All-Conference defensive backs. The secondary finished in the top five in the NAIA in pass defense and was first in the nation in pass defense efficiency. The defense that season also finished in the top 12 in the NAIA in scoring defense and top 10 in interceptions. Stanton was part of a team that saw its first winning season and defeated its first ranked opponent in over 20 years.
Jarrett attended Sterling College in Sterling, KS. There he was a three-year letter winner playing as a slot receiver, running back, corner back, and multiple special teams. Stanton graduated from Sterling with his B.S. in Athletic Training in 2013.
Stanton is a Kansas native and attended Holcomb High School where he graduated in 2009. He was a three- year starter for the Longhorns and an All-League selection at running back his senior season.