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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. 

@CoachAarnold                        

aarnold@highlandcc.edu                      


 

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. 

 

@CoachRuzellj

rmccoy@highlandcc.edu


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.

 

@CoachCFarrell

cfarrell@highlandcc.edu


 

Defensive Line 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.


 

 

 

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