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 Judd Remmers
Judd Remmers is entering his fourth season on the Highland football staff and his 13th overall. Remmers is the Assistant Head Coach and in his first season as the Offensive Coordinator. He has held the titles of Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach and coached the secondary and linebackers in previous years.
During Remmers’ tenure on the defensive side of the ball, he helped lead the Scotties resurgence in the KJCCC. In 2015, Highland finished 3rd in the Conference, towards the top in every defensive category, and Remmers had 2 defensive backs receive Division I offers. 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 Community College. Remmers also guided the defense to a #3 Conference ranking in 2013 that produced several All-Conference selections and had 12 players receive Division I offers. In 2012, the Scottie defense ranked in the top half of the Conference and had six players receive Division I offers including safeties Brandon King, who went on to play at the University of Auburn and is now a member of the New England Patriots and Marwin, Evans who attended Utah State and later signed with the Seattle Seahawks before landing with the Green Bay Packers.
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.
Judd is originally from Auburn, Nebraska and graduated from Auburn High School. Later, he went on to earn 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 has two daughters, Rikki and Brooklyn.
Assistant Football Coach Payton Kirk
Payton Kirk returns for his third year on Highland’s staff and second season as Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Kirk coached the Scottie defensive line last season, which as a group, accounted for 272 tackles, 25 sacks, and 35 tackles for loss. In 2015, Joe Sanders was an NJCAA All-American selection at defensive end as well as first team All-Conference and signed with the University of Central Florida. DeeIsaac Davis was also an All-Conference player at the nose position and signed with Kansas University. All of last year’s starting group will be at Division I schools for the 2016 season. While under Kirk, the wide receivers amassed 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. Payton 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 Tackles 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. Kirk graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education in May of 2012 and married Heather Wansing in July of 2014.
Assistant Football Coach Jarrett Stanton
The 2016 season will be Jarrett Stanton’s second with Highland. He will be coaching the wide receivers along with being the special team’s coordinator. Last season, Stanton coached the running backs and coached Isaiah Ming to 1st Team All-Jayhawk honors. Previous to this, he was a graduate assistant at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. There he coached defensive backs. During the 2014 season, he coached one MSFA All-Conference player. Prior to Olivet, Jarrett worked at Mayville State University in North Dakota. There he coached the defensive secondary as well as being the special team’s 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.
Jarrett attended Sterling College in Sterling, KS. There he was a three-year letter winner playing as a wide receiver, 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 his senior season.
Assistant Football Coach Maurice Gray
Maurice Gray enters his first season for the Scotties and will be coaching the defensive backs. In the 2015 season Gray had five defensive backs go on to sign with four year schools, one of whom was an All-American. Gray coached three seasons on the Golden Norsemen coaching staff as defensive backs coach and Pass Game Defensive Coordinator.
In 2014, the Norsemen defense was in the top three in the SWJCFC Conference in pass defense. Gray coached the #1 corner in the Country in 2014. Gray also coached an All American corner in 2014. Gray is known as a top recruiter and has strong ties in the South. In 2013, the Norsemen defense, was 1st in the SWJCFC and 4th in the nation in pass defense giving up only 174 yards per game. Gray coached two Big 12 corners Keishawn Richardson (University of West Virgina) and Ronnie Davis (University of Kansas). He started his coaching career August 2011, coaching the corners at Butler Community College. Butler was 1st in pass defense in the KJCCC giving up only 178.00 yards per game. In January 2012, he joined Coffeyville Community College Coaching the wide receivers.
Gray played cornerback at Oklahoma State 2008- 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. Gray played Community College ball at Butler Community College, where he was an All- American defensive back and won a NJCAA National Title in 2007. Gray is originally from Warner Robins, GA.
Assistant Football Coach Kyler Reed
2016 will be Kyler Reed’s first season with Highland. He has spent the last 4 years coaching high school and playing football. He had a brief stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL before being released. He played receiver and defensive end for the Tri-Cities Fever of the IFL during the 2015 season. He spent the 2014 season as the special teams coordinator and receivers/linebackers coach for Olathe East’s sophomore football team. Prior to that he was a volunteer varsity coach for Lincoln Christian High school in Lincoln, NE. There he helped coach the receivers and defensive ends while also helping run the scout team.
Kyler is a native of Kansas City, KS and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas in 2008. He then attended The University of Nebraska, where he majored in business administration and earned his bachelor's degree in December of 2012. He was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012. He was also a member of the 2008 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll. He was named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team in 2010 and 2012 for his extensive community outreach work. Kyler played in 51 total games as a Cornhusker, finishing with 67 catches for 1,067 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Assistant Football Coach Walter Vaughn
Walter Vaughn returns to Highland as the Defensive Coordinator after spending a season as a graduate assistant for the Colorado State defensive coaching staff in 2015. While at CSU, Vaughn had the opportunity to coach two future NFL defensive linemen. Walter joined the Colorado State staff in the spring of 2015 after spending one season as the defensive line coach here at Highland Community College.
While at Highland Vaughn was part of the defensive coaching staff whose unit ranked first in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in sacks. During that season, Vaughn coached three DI signees in Jake Swalley (Arkansas State), Darnell Thompson (CSU), and Rostell King (Central Arkansas). Prior to his year at Highland, Vaughn spent the 2013 season as a defensive quality control coach at Eastern Kentucky. He began his coaching career in 2011 as the defensive line coach at Alcovy High School in Covington, GA. In his two years at Alcovy, three of his defensive linemen went on to sign Division I scholarships. Vaughn played college football at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he was a three-year starter and four-year letterman (2005-08). Vaughn earned his Bachelor’s degree in management from Southeastern in 2009, and Master’s in 2011 from Troy University. Vaughn is married to T’Erica Vaughn.