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Meet The Pride's Coaching Staff
Coach Joshua Wright
My name is Joshua Wright. I coach Middle School football and High School Baseball. I have previously taught and coached at Huntington ISD and Bridge City ISD. I have two children, Christian and BrookLynn.
Coach Michael Hallam
I was born, raised and graduated in Jasper, TX. I lettered in football , baseball and track. I played baseball at Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, TX. I graduated with a BS in Ed from The University of Texas at Austin 1985. I completed my graduate work at University of Houston. My education experience includes 11 years public schools and 6 years in private schools. My coaching experience is as followed: state basketball champions 1996, national basketball tournament championships 1995, 96, 99. Volleyball tournament championships 1998,99,2000. State champions cheer leading 2001. State boys basketball all star coach 1999, girls 1996 & 1999.
Coach Michael Young
I was born in Oneonta, Alabama on Nov. 14th 1974. I am married and have one child. I received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and my Texas teaching certification from Region 5 ESC in Beaumont, Texas.
Coach Duane Joubert
My name is Duane Joubert, and I’m a husband and father of two sons. I’m a graduate of Hardin Jefferson High School in 1991. I went on to West Texas A&M University on an athletic football scholarship. I graduated with a degree in Kinesiology in 1996. After college I signed with the Calgary Stampeders and also with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. Upon completion of my football career, I decided to utilize my degree. Going into my 17th year, as an educator my first teaching and coaching job was at Hardin High School where I enjoyed coaching for eight years. Many successes at Hardin afforded me the opportunity to take over as Head Boys Basketball Coach of the mighty Kountze Lions. This is where within my first three years, I along with a great supporting coaching staff and diligent, hardworking young men earned two state titles. While working here, I‘ve been blessed not only with great basketball players, but awesome athletes that have won numerous district titles in tennis and cross country. Student athletes have appeared in four state tennis tournaments within my ten years here at Kountze. I am a proud member of the Lion staff and currently am serving as our district Assistant Athletic Director, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach, and Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach. I also serve as the Physical Education teacher for the 7th- 12th grade students for the 2013-2014 school year.
Coach James Harper
I am in my second season as defensive coordinator for the Kountze Lions in 2013 after a very productive 2012 campaign. In 2012, the Lion Defense continued to improve the entire season being one of the best defensives in District 10AA. Under my tutelage, the Lions had eight selections to the All District team, in addition cornerback Darrion Harper accepted a scholarship to play at Bacone College and nose guard Isiah Owens accepted a scholarship to play at Post University. Prior to my arrival at Kountze, I spent over 10 years of coaching high school sports; four years as a special teams coordinator, two years as a defensive coordinator, two years as a girls head basketball coach, and three years as a boy’s head track coach. In 2011, when arriving to Kountze, I was the head girls powerlifting coach, where I had seven girls qualify for regionals and one girl qualify and finish fifth in state. Also, I was the head girls track coach of a team that had eight girls qualify for regionals. Harper also was an assistant coach for the boys basketball and track teams. In 2012, I was the Head Boys Powerlifting and Track Coach. We had nine boys qualify for regionals in powerlifting and two go on to state, where they finished third and fifth. We also had seventeen boys qualify for regionals and one qualify for the state meet, where he finished fifth. In addition, Alex Orsot received a scholarship to run track at Ranger Junior College. I played high school football, basketball, and track as a Kountze High School Lion. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a walk-on. Sadly, my collegiate career was cut short by injury. I did, later played Semi-Pro Football for the Southeast Texas Thunder as a linebacker and was also the President of the Players Union. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Lamar University in Beaumont. I have been married for seven years to Nicole Harper. Nicole is a Special Education Teacher at Ozen High School in Beaumont. Together we have eight wonderful children.
Coach Shawn Hairgrove
I am entering my 23rd year of coaching and my first year as the Kountze High School Offensive Coordinator. My career has taken me from North Texas, to Central Texas, down to South Texas, and back again to Southeast Texas. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 1991, where I played football for the Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks reached the number one ranking in 1988 and played for the 1-AA National title in 1989 which I was fortunate enough to be a part of. I have four great children: Taylor (20), Wyatt (19), Tristan (17), and Abram (13). I will also be coaching powerlifting, track, and golf for the Lions.
Coach Bryan Stephens
I am 47 years old and I was born in Dublin, TX. I grew up in Cross Plains, TX and I am the youngest of 11 kids, 6 sisters and 4 brothers. I am married to my wonderful wife of 2 years, Lindsey. I have three children, two girls and a boy ages 21,19,4. I have 20 years experience in coaching football, softball, golf, and volleyball. I also was a Interim pitching coach for SFA softball in spring 07. I have a BS in Education from SFA University and a master’s degree from Concordia University in Athletic Administration. I am currently working on my principal’s certification at Lamar University. I will serve the community of Kountze as a high school science teacher and the head softball coach as well as assistant in football.
Coach Lindsey Stephens
I moved with my husband and daughter over the summer to Kountze and I am a Junior High Volleyball coach, Assistant Softball coach, and Football Athletic Trainer. I have been teaching and coaching for 8 years and have coached every sport at every level on the girl's side. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English. I also have a MA in Athletic Administration and I am working on a MED in Curriculum and Instruction. I have worked for Lubbock ISD, Crockett ISD, and Bartlett ISD before moving here to Kountze; and I am thrilled to be here.
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