John McKenzie – Offensive Coordinator, QB’s
John McKenzie of Miami, Florida, enters his 1st season with Virgil I. Grissom football program as the Offensive Coordinator- QB/WR coach. Prior to his arrival, McKenzie served 5 seasons with Alabama A & M University and 7 years as Offensive coordinator, and the Quarterback and Receivers coach at Alcorn State University. From 1996 to 1999 he was the Head football coach at Delaware State University.
Over the course of his tenure with the Alcorn Football program, McKenzie manufactured one of the fiercest offensive arsenals in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Notorious for his various antics of the Showtime offensive, which features numerous trick plays, there is no secret that McKenzie and his offense like to go for the homerun or quick strike touchdown. His most crowning achievement was the development of quarterback Donald Carrie, Class of 05, who finished second all-time behind Steve McNair, in every Alcorn State passing category.
Previously, McKenzie was the Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina A & T University and Fayetteville State University. From 1987 to 1991 he was the offensive coordinator at Alabama State University. Under the eye of McKenzie, the Alabama State offensive exploded to new heights, averaging 430 yards and 41.2 points per game during the 1991 campaign. In that season, the Hornets went 11-0-1 en route to their first-ever SWAC championship and earned a berth to the inaugural Heritage Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. McKenzie’s offense continued to thrive at the Heritage Bowl versus North Carolina A&T, where Alabama State registered 687 total offensive yards in a 36-13 triumph.
McKenzie’s coaching vitae also includes two stops at Jackson State University. He was an assistant-quarterbacks coach from 1985 to 1986 and then returned to the Tigers staff in 1992 as the offensive coordinator. In 1986, he was the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Miami Central High School in Miami, Florida.
McKenzie also served as a supervisor at the Walter Payton Football Camp and participated in the training of camps of six NFL teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Raiders.
A quarterback during his playing days at Jackson Sate, McKenzie threw for 5,014 yards and 43 touchdowns. He was an All-SWAC selection during the 1982 and 1983 seasons, while leading the Tigers to SWAC championships in 1981, 1982 and 1985. McKenzie set eight Jackson State single-season passing records including completions (142), passing yards (2,067) and total offense (2,127). For his success on the field, McKenzie was recently inducted in the JSU Athletic Hall of Fame, and selected to the top 100 all-century team.
He earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Jackson State in 1986 and earned credit hours toward a Master degree in Counseling from Alabama State. In addition, he received a Master degree in Secondary Education from Alcorn State in May of 2003.
Coach McKenzie resides in Huntsville, Alabama. He is married to the former Venus Lewis of Jackson, Mississippi. They have three children, Frederick, Octavian and Jasmine.
Derek Brouillette – Running Backs
I'm an Army brat and grew up playing football in multiple environments and levels of competition, which include Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska. I played every skill position at one time or another but excelled at QB. I graduated from High School in Farnam Nebraska, which is a small farming town and my senior year in high school we played 8 man football. Due to my mother having brain cancer and passing away when I was 18 I didn't end up playing in college. I have been coaching most of my life and my first head coaching job was when I was a senior in high school, coaching a 12-13 year old soccer team that my brother was on. Locally, I started coaching at Liberty Middle school in Madison and was the QB coach and offensive coordinator. I then moved to Madison Academy and did RB's, while helping with the entire offense. I have a daughter 11, Lexie, who currently attends Moores Mill Intermediate School.
Errol D. Jones – Wide Receivers
Coach Jones joins the GHS coaching staff this year form Bessemer City High School where he was the offensive coordinator. He begins his 26th year overall and will be coaching wide receivers. He prepped at Tuscaloosa County High School and received a scholarship to Alabama A&M University. Coach Jones owns two degrees from Alabama A&M; B.S. degree in Mathematics Secondary Education (1990) and a Masters Degree in Administration (2005). Coach Jones is married to the former Colette Waddell and they have four children: Kiera, Aeriel, Devin, and E.J.
Zac Hightower- Offensive Line
Coach Hightower is the offensive line coach for the varsity football team. He is an alumnus of Sparkman High School where he was all-county in football and a state placer in wrestling. After high school he accepted a football scholarship to Alabama A&M University where he played for 3 seasons and was a 2 year letterman. He then transferred to Cumberland University where he lettered for 2 seasons. He has a BA in History with a minor in finance from Athens State University. After college he coached football at Monrovia Middle School for 3 years as well JV and middle school wrestling at Sparkman High School. Coach Hightower is extremely excited to be part of the football program at Grissom. Coach Hightower’s favorite thing about coaching is “helping boys mature into young men and seeing them accomplish things that they never thought possible”. Coach Hightower is also an assistant wrestling coach at Grissom.
Scott Hyten – Offensive/Defensive Line
Coach Hyten is a graduate of Grissom High School where he played football under Coach Larrie Robinson. He is also a graduate of Harvard University where he played football under Coach Joe Restic. Prior to returning to Grissom he worked for 30 years in the technology industry. Coach Hyten was awarded the Albert Einstein Award by Shimon Peres in Jerusalem in 2008. Hyten was also awarded an “Annie,” the animation industry’s highest award. Scott Hyten is married to Tracy Penick Hyten. Mrs. Hyten is a native of Leighton, AL where she was Homecoming Queen and a Cheerleader at Colbert County High School. She graduated summa cum laude as Valedictorian of her class from the University of North Alabama.
Joe Dasaro – Defensive Line
Coach Joe Dasaro is now in his 33rd season of coaching football at Grissom High School. He is a graduate of Grissom, where he played Tiger Football under former Head Coach Larry Robinson. He attended Auburn University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in education and is currently teaching at Grissom High School. Coach Dasaro is also Grissom’s Head Wrestling Coach and has coached 8 State Championship teams (7 at Grissom and 1 in Georgia), as well as 7 State Runner-Up teams. He was honored in 2008 when he was inducted into the Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Dasaro feels that helping a team of individuals develop and come together as family with a common goal is one of the most exciting challenges about being involved with coaching.
Stan Guest- Defensive Backs & Special Teams
Coach Guest began his football playing career at Grissom High School. He transferred and graduated from Scottsboro High School where he continued playing football. He played football at Auburn University. He worked with Auburn kickers, punters, and long snap specialist and special teams. Coach Guest studied international business, project management, aviation and engineering technology at Auburn University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He holds a B.S. in International Management & Marketing along with certificates and certifications in electrical testing and electrical technology. He has coached football, baseball, and basketball within the city of Huntsville since 2007. He and his wife, Natalia, have two children. Daniel is 16 and plays football for Grissom, and Maria, who is 13.