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ANDY SCOTT: Head Coach 

Coach Scott enters his 3rd year at Kennesaw Mt..He comes to Kennesaw Mt. from Lee Co. High School where he served as the Defensive Coordinator for the Trojans in 2011. Before moving to Lee County Coach Scott was the Defensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach at Walnut Grove High School in Loganville, Ga. Prior to coming to Walnut Grove he was the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Perry High School. While at Perry as the Head Football Coach, he compiled a record of 27-29 taking the Panthers to the State Playoffs in three of the five years as Head Coach, even taking Perry to the Quarter-Finals in 2007.

Coach Scott is originally from McMinnville, TN where he attended Warren County High School and played football and baseball. Following high school he played football at both Memphis State University and Middle Tennessee University, where he received his Bachelors, before returning home to coach at Warren County. Coach Scott then obtained a Masters in Education while serving as a graduate assistant at Middle Tennessee University. Coach Scott came to Georgia in 1996 and has not left making stops in LaGrange (Troup Co.), and Douglas (Coffee Co.) before his time at Perry, Walnut Grove and Lee Co. Coach Scott and his wife Claudia have a son Justin who is sixteen.

Coach Scott has a plan to get KMHS on the right track and in his own words; “As your Head Football Coach, we will do the little things right, from the way we warm-up on Friday Nights to how our players act in class. I am going to run this program the way that I believe it should be run to give us an opportunity to win on a consistent basis and that is with a great deal of discipline. We must “Build a Program”, not just field a TEAM, establishing something that will stand the test of time.

MIKE PFIESTER: Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line

Coach Mike Pfiester enters his 3rd season with the Mustangs. Coach Pfiester will be working with the Varsity offensive line and serving as the offensive coordinator while teaching team sports and general PE as a member of the Physical Education department at KMHS. This will be Coach Pfiester’s 7th year teaching and coaching. Prior to his arrival at KMHS Coach Pfiester coached and taught at Woodland High School in Bartow County where he served as the offensive line coach and was the head freshman coach.

Coach Pfiester is originally from Michigan where he attended Bellevue High School (2000). Following high school he attended Wayne State University in Michigan where he played offensive line from 2000-2001. Coach then transferred to Olivet College in Michigan where he played offensive line for the Comets from 2003-2005. Coach Pfiester also has a Master’s Degree from Marygrove College in Michigan in Education Curriculum and Assessment

Coach Pfiester and his wife Alaina have two children, a son Trevor (10) and a daughter Emma (3).

MIKE CANDELA: Defensive Coordinator  / Linebackers

Coach Mike Candela enters his 1st season with the Mustangs. Coach Candela will be working with the Varsity Linebackers and serving as the Defensive Coordinator while joining the Physical Education department at KMHS. Coach Candela is entering his 14th year coaching and his 12th year teaching.

Prior to his arrival at KMHS, Coach Candela coached at Cartersville High School where he coached the Defensive Ends, Cass High School, coaching the Defensive Line and 4 seasons coaching at Woodland High School in Bartow County where he served as the Defensive Line Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Prior to his time in Georgia, Coach Candela had stops at Carlson High School in Gibraltar, Michigan and South High School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Coach Candela is originally from Michigan where he attended Wyandotte Roosevelt High School (1996). Following high school he attended Albion College in Michigan where he played Defensive Line from 1997-2000 and earned a B.A. in History. Coach Candela also has a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Coach Candela and his wife, Heather, welcomed new twin boys in March, Parker and Tate.

JEFF BETTIS: Defensive Line

Coach Bettis begins his 15th  year at KMHS. He will be working with the defensive line while teaching in the Social Studies Department at KMHS. Before landing at KMHS, Coach Bettis taught and coached at both Paulding County High School and Hiram High School.

Coach Bettis is a graduate of North Cobb High School (1989). He then attended Kennesaw State where he earned a  B.S. of Secondary Education in Social Studies (1994)  and then a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies from Luther Rice University in 2010.

CHRIS WALKER: Quarterbacks

Coach Walker enters his 15th season with the Mustangs and his 18th season coaching overall. Coach Walker teaches in the P.E Department at KMHS and serves as the KMHS Boys Golf coach. Prior to coming to the Mountain, Coach Walker spent 3 years at Pebblebrook High School where he was involved with both the football and baseball programs. Coach Walker has also coached with the baseball Mustangs from 2001-2007 as well as the varsity swim team from 2001-2005.

Coach Walker is a graduate of Shamrock High School where he played both football and baseball. Following graduation Coach Walker earned his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Georgia State University.Coach Walker and his wife Amy have two children a son Michael and daughter Kalyn.

WADE STEWART:   Defensive Backs

Coach Wade Stewart enters his 1st season with the Mustangs. Coach Stewart will be working with the Varsity secondary, as well as teaching AP Human Geography and World History as a member of the Social Studies Department at KMHS. Prior to his arrival at KMHS, Coach Stewart spent the last three years teaching and coaching at Campbell High School. At Campbell, Coach Stewart served as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach as well as the Head Baseball Coach. Prior to that, Coach Stewart spent four years at Perry High School in Perry, GA as a Substitute Teacher and Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball Assistant. At Perry, Coach Stewart had the opportunity to previously work for Coach Scott.

Coach Stewart is originally from Perry, Georgia where he attended Perry High School and was a two sport Letterman in baseball and football. In Coach Stewart’s senior year, he was named to the Georgia Dugout Club team. Coach Stewart graduated Cum Laude from Middle GA State College, with a degree in History. Coach Stewart and his wife Laura Anne are expecting their first child in July.

CODY NEAL: Wide Receivers

Coach Neal begins his first season with the Mustangs and his 5th year coaching overall. He will be coaching Wide Receivers this year which student teaching at Kennesaw Mt. High School as he finishes his Health & Physical Education degree from Kennesaw State University. 

Prior to KMHS, Coach Neal spent four years coaching in the middle school program and freshmen levels at Harrison High School. Coach Neal also coached the Atlanta Defenders in the National Public Safety Football League for five seasons as a wide receivers coach as well as defensive coordinator. While with the NPSFL he won two National Championships in 2010 and 2012. Coach Neal also played quarterback at LaGrange College in 2007.