MEET THE MAVS: MAVERICK COACHES & STAFF
Jake GriedlHead Football Coach Athletic Director
Zac QuinlanOffensive Coordinator
Quinton HarlanDefensive Coordinator
Jason BirdPassing game Coordinator
Rafael ThomasRunning Backs
Brenton WhitakerOffensive Line
Brady BondCo-Defensive Coodinator
Anthony RandelAssociate Head Coach
ABOUT THE MAVERICK FOOTBALL STAFF
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR | HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Jake Griedl was named the Mavs' new head coach in January 2019.
Griedl came to Marshall as former coach Claude Mathis’ Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator in the spring of 2017 after serving as wide receivers coach at Class 6A powerhouse Lake Travis from 2013-2016. Griedl’s time at Lake Travis culminated in 2016 with the Class 6A state championship.
“I am humbled and excited for this opportunity,” Griedl said. “We have accomplished so many things these last couple of years........ I want to keep that momentum going and go to the next level. Marshall has a great tradition and I expect all of our athletic programs, both boys and girls, to continue improving and moving forward to build on that tradition.”
Prior to Lake Travis, Griedl coached wide receivers at Boerne High School in 2012-2013. His first coaching job came at the collegiate level in 2011-2012, when he served as wide receivers coach/return specialist coach as a graduate assistant at Southern Arkansas University.
At Marshall, Griedl coordinated an offense that ultimately set program season records for points scored and total yards in 2018, as the Mavs won a second straight district championship and went three rounds deep in the playoffs. In seven years as a high school assistant coach, Griedl has worked with teams that have won six district championships and he has coached in a total of 24 playoff games in those seven seasons.
While on staff at Lake Travis, Griedl and the Cavaliers played in two state championship games and three state semifinals.
Griedl received a B.A. in History from Concordia University-Nebraska in 2012, where he was a three-year starter and team captain at slot receiver. He has done postgraduate work at Southern Arkansas University.
A native of Spring, Griedl graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball in 2007. He and his wife, Garland, have a one-year old son, Griff. Garland also serves in MISD as a nurse at Marshall High School.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR | OFFENSIVE LINE
Coach Quinlan is entering his third season on staff in Marshall in 2019, and his first as the Mavs' offensive coordinator. Zac was the Mavs' Run Game Coordinator the past two seasons, and will be entering his 17th year in coaching in 2019. Prior to coming to Marshall, Coach Quinlan spent one year at Nacogdoches High School as the Offensive Coordinator, two seasons at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler as the Run Game Coordinator and offensive line coach, and 11 seasons at Cy-Ridge High School in Houston. Quinlan played college football at McNeese State University, where he received his degree and captained the football team. He and his wife of 16 years, Jennifer, have two boys: Tate (13) and Reece (9).
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR | LINEBACKERS
Coach Quinton Harlan is starting his 29th year of teaching and coaching and is excited to be joining the Maverick family. He is a 1984 graduate of Wharton High School and a 1990 graduate of Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and lettered on the Baylor football team. During his time coaching, Coach Harlan has made two trips to the Texas High School Football State Championship game. Coach Harlan has been married for 29 years to his lovely wife Tammey, and they have been blessed with three amazing daughters: Sydnee, Avery and Reese.
PASS GAME COORDINATOR | WIDE RECEIVERS
Coach Jason Bird has been coaching in Marshall for seven years and has been promoted to Pass Game Coordinator this season. He graduated from Lake Travis High School and Texas A&M University, and still holds the Texas high school state record for Most Receptions in a Season at Lake Travis. He has three older brothers, Nick, Derek and Bryce, and his parents are Jerry and Tamara Bird.
Brenton is in his first year of coaching at Marshall High School, entering his eighth year overall. During his coaching career he has coached at Palestine High School, and also been the offensive coordinator for the past six season at Carrollton Ranchview High School. Coach Whitaker played his college ball at Concordia University Nebraska, where he was teammates with current Marshall Head Coach Jake Griedl. His wife, Abby, will be teaching Spanish at MHS. They are blessed with four children: Braxton, Ainsley, Brayson, and "Baby J."
Rafael Thomas is from Lufkin, Texas and is entering his 5th year of coaching. Coach Thomas attended Oklahoma State University and Southern Arkansas University where he played football and baseball. He was an NCAA All-American in both sports. During his time at Southern Arkansas University, Coach Thomas’ wide receiver position coach was current Marshall Head Coach, Jake Griedl. Along with a great football career, Coach Thomas was drafted by the LA Dodgers in 2007. Ralph is making his second stop in Marshall, after returning from a non-coach related position. Coach Thomas is married to his wife, Jordan Thomas, who is a volleyball coach at Longview High School. They are blessed with a daughter, Cali Parker Kaye Thomas, who was born in 2018.
H BACKS/WIDE RECEIVERS
Carson Embry, is entering his second year of coaching. A native of Boerne, Texas, Carson played at Boerne High School where his position coach was current Mavs head coach, Jake Griedl. He then continued his academic and athletic career at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree, majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. He was blessed to be a starter on the 2016 NCAA Division III National Champion football team. Coach Embry is bringing experience from his first job at Shallowater High School in the Lubbock area, which advanced to the fourth round of the UIL football playoffs in 2018.
CO-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR | SAFETIES
Coach Bond is in his first season at Marshall High School and entering his 12th season of coaching. Coach Bond previously spent four years as the Defensive Coordinator at L.D. Bell High School. Prior to L.D. Bell Coach Bond spent two seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Lake Travis. While at Lake Travis, Coach Bond worked with current Marshall head coach Jake Griedl. Before Lake Travis Coach Bond spent five years at Cedar Hill. Coach Bond has been to the playoffs in seven different seasons including a State Finalist at Cedar Hill and a State Semi Finalist at Lake Travis. Coach Bond is a graduate of North Texas and served as a volunteer with the strength and conditioning program. Coach Bond is married to Brittany; they have two boys, Bowen and Baker.
ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH | SPECIAL TEAMS | DEFENSIVE LINE
Coach Randle is beginning his third year at Marshall High School and brings 22 years of coaching experience with him. He brings experience from Pitt State, Carthage, Southern Illinois University, Independence Community College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Miami, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Along with his coaching career, Randle was a NCAA 1st Team All-American at Pitt State. Anthony is married to his wife Barbara, and he has seven children: Kyrie, Shelley, Aalyiah, AJ, Nate, and Brevin. Along with his children, he also has five grandchildren.
Jay Wilson is entering his sixth year of coaching. Originally from Omaha, Neb., Coach Wilson had a collegiate career that covered both University of Nebraska Omaha, and Midland University. Coach Wilson brings coaching experience from Texas A&M Commerce University, New Mexico Military Junior College, and Fort Scott Junior College. He has worked with defensive backs his entire career, as well as being a special teams coordinator. Coach Wilson’s mother, Terri, resides in Omaha.