I started teaching at Boone in 1997. I coached track here in 1985 through 1987. Then I joined the U.S. Navy in 1987 because I had the opportunity to fly, and was active duty through 1997. I started coaching back in 1997, and taught U.S. History and Economics Honors. I coached football, weightlifting and track.
Why teach NJROTC?
It was natural to go from my graduation here in 1984 to coaching, the Navy, and back to coaching and teaching after I retired from the Navy.
What high school and college did you attend?
I attended 11 colleges, I moved 19 times in 24 years while I was in the Navy. I graduated from Troy University in 1995 with a degree in resource management.
Describe your most influential role model.
Jesus Christ and the Bible. I try to read it every day. It basically is God’s word to us on how to live, like a manual to living.
What is your go-to activity to spice up your weekend?
I’m a big family man. Being in the military and gone so much, family time is important. Traveling, coaching and ROTC events take up a lot of my time [as well].
What is your motto and why?
I’ve never lived by mottos per say, more by scriptural truth than a motto. God’s word over man’s word any day.
What is your military experience?
I flew mainly [naval] helicopters, but I was able to fly twin-engine turbo props and a few jets.
Why did you to choose to join the Navy?
My family history led me more to fly to the Navy.
How does participating in NJROTC influence your students beyond high school?
“It instills in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment” -NJOTC website.
I have been in a car that went 386 mph, it was called a jet truck. I was the airshow coordinator in Jacksonville, and I was picked for a special ride.