Head Football Coach Ryan Held
Ryan Held is the head football coach for the Scotties. Held, a native of Overland Park, most recently served as the offensive coordinator at #3 nationally ranked Butler Community College.
“Highland is committed to winning,” said Held. “We will run a first class program where student-athletes can come and have a jumping board, both academically and athletically, to find the four-year environment that fits them.”
An outstanding athlete at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Held then played at the University of Nebraska as a wide receiver and quarterback, earning three conference and two national championships. As an undergraduate assistant in 1997, he once again helped the Huskers win a national championship.
Held then became a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee, where he helped the Volunteers to an SEC and national championship in 1998.
“I will hire a staff that will coach, teach, and mentor young men on how to play the game of football the right way,” noted Held. “We will work diligently to change the Highland brand into a place of destination for young men. I really don’t care what the past has been; we will turn this thing around. It will happen with hard work and faith.”
Held’s first head coaching position came at NAIA Peru State College (Nebraska) in 2001. His team finished second in the conference and won the Wheat Bowl that season.
In 2002, Held became the head coach at NCAA Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State University which had the longest losing streak in the NCAA and only 17 players in the program when he took over. Held led the program to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in more than 15 years.
Held then moved on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, which was the doormat of the Lone Star Conference. Within two years, Held led his team to the 2007 North Division title, becoming the North Division Coach of the Year in 2006. Southwestern was named one of the top 10 most improved programs in the country in 2006.
With Held as the offensive coordinator at Butler this year, the Grizzlies finished the 2011 season as the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI champions. Held’s offense finished second in the nation with a 513.7 yards per game average.
At Blue Valley North, Held lettered in three sports. As a senior in 1993, he led the state of Kansas in receiving yards and earning 6A All-State honors. That same year, he was named an All-Metro defensive back and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl and the Kansas-Missouri All-Star game as a senior.
Held and his wife Katie were recently married. Held has a 10-year-old daughter, Rhylan.
By the Numbers: Ryan Held
Record since 1993 as a collegiate player and coach: 125-78
4 NCAA Division I national championships
71 All-Conference players as a head coach
17 Academic All-Conference players as head coach, 1 academic Player of the Year
1 Region VI Championship
Bachelor’s Degree: Community Health (1998) Nebraska
Master’s Degree: Sport Management (2001) Tennessee
Offensive Coordinator Bob Majeski
Bob Majeski is joining the coaching staff at Highland Community College as the Offensive Coordinator. Majeski has a wide array of coaching experience and that experience includes the Jayhawk Conference. He comes to Highland having spent five years as the head coach at Dodge City. He was previously at Coffeyville where he spent two seasons as Defensive Coordinator and Head Strength Coach. From 2003-2005, he was the Offensive Coordinator at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. From 2000-2002, he was the Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Majeski was the Assistant Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas from 1991 until 1996. Prior to that, he spent time as a Defensive Coordinator at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana and one other year at Trinity Valley Community College as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach.
Bob played football at Kansas State University from 1980-1983 and also ran track. A native of Omaha, NE, where he 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 the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Bob and his wife Cheryl have two daughters, Maddison and Mandy, and through his marriage to Cheryl, Bob has two stepchildren, Michael and Sara, and five grandchildren.
Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach Judd Remmers
Judd Remmers is the Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach for the Scotties and will coach the secondary.
Remmers will begin his 11th year of coaching in the fall of 2013 and his 10th with Held. Prior to coming to Highland, Remmers spent two years at Peru (NE) State College, three years at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, OK, and four years at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK.
Remmers has held several positions throughout his coaching tenure, including co-defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, defensive line, linebacker, and secondary coach. During his coaching career, Remmers has helped to rebuild two football programs, coached numerous All-Conference players, and two All-Americans.
Remmers, a native of Auburn, NE, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Peru State College and later graduated with a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach
Arnold enters his third season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Scotties. He also serves as the head strength coach and the assistant head coach.
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 he 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.
Arnold 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 Line Coach Ruzell McCoy
Ruzell McCoy has joined the Highland Community College football coaching staff as the Defensive Line Coach, rejoining head coach Ryan Held, who was his coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU).
McCoy was a four-year starter for SWOSU at linebacker while the Bulldogs competed at the NCAA Division II level in the prestigious Lone Star Conference (LSC). McCoy was a member of the 2007 LSC North Division championship team, the school’s first shared title since 1998.
He finished his career with 286 tackles and set a school record with 49.5 tackles for loss. He led the team and the LSC in tackles with 107 in 2008 and was named to the LSC North Division first team and was first-team All-American by the Football Gazette, the school’s first since joining Division II.
An All-State running back at Frederick High School, McCoy once rushed for 316 yards in a single game on 16 carries.
Running Back Coach Edgard Theliar
Edgard Theliar is joining the football staff at Highland Community College as the Running Back coach. Coming to the College from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX where he completed his football eligibility as a highly successful wide receiver after starring at Butler Community College.
Prior to playing at Butler, Theliar spent his freshman year at College of the Desert in Palm Desert California. There he made his mark on the collegiate level with a 1,000 yard season on 58 catches and 15 touchdowns, helping the Road Runners to a 9-2 record with a bowl appearance. Theliar earned 1st Team All American and All Conference honors and was named the Offensive Player of the Year.
For his sophomore season, Theliar transferred to Butler and helped the Grizzlies to an 11-1 record and a national championship. Catching 34 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns to lead the grizzlies at the wide out position, he also had one of the longest touchdown receptions in Butler history with a 92 yard touchdown, and one of the longest punt returns. Theliar earned All Conference honors in his year at Butler.
Moving on to Midwestern State, he started three games for the Mustangs before suffering a season ending injury. In those three games he started with 82 yards a game and 22.4 yards a catch on average. An All Conference performer his senior year, he helped the Mustangs to an undefeated regular season record, peaking at #1 in the nation and MWSU’s first outright conference championship.
Wide Receiver Coach and Video Coordinator Chance Farrell
Chance Farrell joined the Highland Community College football staff as the Tight End coach this past season. He has been elevated to Wide Receiver coach and Assistant Quarterback coach for the upcoming season. Chance grew up in Redfield, KS and played his high school football at Blue Valley West in Overland Park, KS. Chance was all state and received multiple honors as the Quarterback for the Jaguars in 2002 including conference player of the year and an invite to the Kansas Shrine Bowl. He then attended Fort Scott Community College where he started 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 receiving a spot on the Jayhawk roster. After KU chance earned his B.S. in criminal justice through Fort Hays State University.
Running Back Coach and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator Vince Giardina
Vince will be the running back coach and assistant recruiting coordinator for the upcoming season after being the assistant Offensive Line coach and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator for the 2013 season. Giardina is from Gerrardstown, WV where he attended Musselman High School. There he was a 3 sport athlete in football, basketball, and track. He was an athletic letterman and graduated suma cum laude. From there Giardina went to West Virginia University and severed as an equipment manager on the WVU football team. His duties included organizing and fitting equipment and apparel, assist coaches with practice, and assist with all game day activities. Giardina was able to observe and learn from 3 coaching staffs in the Big East and Big 12 conferences including trips to 3 bowl games with a win in the BCS Discover Orange Bowl. Giardina graduated from WVU Magna Cum Laude with a 3.77 GPA and has a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Coaching Education with a minor in Sports and Exercise Psychology.