Pine Tree ISD Football Coaching Staff 2020-2021
Jody Berryhill – Athletic Director
Coach Berryhill is originally from Bradenton, FL. He attended Southwest Baptist University and has a degree in Sports Management and Sports Medicine. Coach Berryhill has 33 years experience in his field with 30 of those years here at Pine Tree. He also spent 3 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Berryhill and his wife Theresa of 36 years have 2 daughters who are both graduates of Pine Tree and 2 sons-in-law who wish they had attended Pine Tree. Most importantly, he has the “World’s Best Grandchildren, Ella Kate, Olivia Ryan, and 1 year old grandson Daxton Blaine!”
Kerry Lane – Head Football / Asst Athletic Director
Coach Lane and his wife Jamie have two sons. Trey (10) and Tyler (6) who both attend Parkway Elementary. Trey and Tyler love being at the fieldhouse with their big brothers. They also love playing football, basketball, baseball, & golf. The Lane Family attends Grace Creek Church. Coach Lane is a graduate of Union Grove High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. He is starting his 5th season as the Head Coach of the Pirates and is blessed to be part of the Pine Tree Community.
Coach Bachman is the football offensive coordinator, running backs coach, and he also coaches track. Coach Bachman comes to Pine Tree from Calvary (2010-2016) and Evangel (2008-2009). Coach Bachman played receiver in high school and won 3 state championships in 2001, 2002 and 2004. As their receivers coach, he helped coach Evangel to state finalist in 2008 and to a state championship in 2009. He also coached Calvary to back to back state champions in 2013 and 2014 as their offensive coordinator. This will be Coach Backman’s 4th year at Pine Tree.
Alex Barron is a 2006 New Diana Graduate. From Longview, TX, he attended Pine Tree from pre-K to 11th grade. While at New Diana, he was 1st Team All-State, All East Texas, and All-District Kicker in 2005. He still holds the class 2A Texas State record for the longest field goal at 57 yards. Coach Barron attended UT Arlington, majoring in Kinesiology. He played 5 seasons of professional arena football for the Texas Rattlers, Mesquite Wranglers, and Texas Revolution. This year will be his 3rd year as football special teams coach, assistant soccer, and head goalie coach.
Coach Daniels is a graduate of Kilgore High School and Texas Christian University. He played defensive end for the Horned Frogs and was a member of the 2011 Rose Bowl Championship team. He was also a 2010 College All-American. Coach Daniels will be teaching 9th grade World Geography for Pine Tree. He will coach football, basketball, and track. Coach Daniels and his wife Meghan have 2 boys; a 2 year old son named Titan and 4 month old Legend.
Larry Denkins – Head Athletic Trainer
Coach Denkins is from Longview, TX and is an alumnus of Pine Tree High School. He attended East Texas Baptist University and received his B.S. in Athletic Training. Coach Denkins recently received his Masters in Education from Concordia University in Austin. He has been an Athletic Trainer at Pine Tree since the Fall of 2008. Coach Denkins and his fiance’ Rachael have two dogs, Leo (1 year) and Momo (8 years old).
Coach Ellis is our Strength & Conditioning Director and is in his 16th year coaching at the High School and Collegiate level. He holds a Master of Education in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is certified by the USAW as a Sports Performance Coach and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancing Specialist. Coach Ellis is also Safe Sport Certified and has completed the USADA Coach’s Advantage Program. This allows Coach Ellis to become 1 of 75 Strength Coaches in the State of Texas to be named in the directory for the United States of America Weightlifting. Coach Ellis is also a member of the National High School Strength Coaches Association. He played baseball at Tyler Junior College and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He returned to coach at Tyler Junior College after graduation from UAM and won a National Championship in 2007 as an assistant coach. Ellis has been a Strength & Conditioning Director at Henderson ISD, Brownsboro ISD, and also Frankston ISD. Coach Ellis and his wife Allison have a 13 year old daughter named Cadence and a 4 year old son named Cannon.
Pronounced Zachariary (Zach-a-ri-yah), Coach Griffin is from Beaumont, Texas. He is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and will be teaching Physical Education at PTJH, while coaching football, basketball and track.
Coach Hawkins is from Longview, TX. He attended Henderson State University where he earned his B.S. in Business. Coach Hawkins has been coaching for 27 years with 20 of those years at Pine Tree. He has also coached at Mt. Pleasant HS. Coach Hawkins was married to his late wife Deidre for 27 years, and their daughter Debra, and son Victor are both Pine Tree graduates. He also has five grandchildren, Myrcall, Avery, Noah, Zayn and Lily. Coach Hawkins is also a proud minister.
Coach Holder is our defensive coordinator and head track coach. He is originally from Rowlett, TX. After playing football at Ouachita Baptist University, Coach Holder began his teaching and coaching career at Rockwall High School in 2006. He joined Pine Tree last year after short stints at Mount Vernon as the defensive coordinator, Grapevine as a defensive backs coach, and North Forney as the defensive coordinator. He and his wife, Megan, have two kids. Hannah (8) and Jude (6) will both be attending Pine Tree Birch Elementary. The Holders are excited to be a part of the Pine Tree Family!
Coach Hull is a 2005 graduate of Pine Tree. He attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a degree in History. Coach Hull has spent time in Beeville, Copperas Cove, Troup, and The Woodlands Christian over his 10 years of coaching experience. He and his wife Lacy have a 3 year old son named Kohen.
Coach Jones will be coaching our Wide Receivers and serving as assistant track coach. He is originally from Little Elm, TX. Coach Jones graduated from the University of Central Arkansas where he majored in Kinesiology and Physical Education. He was also a track athlete. This will be his 5th year in education, where previously he coached wide receivers for West Memphis High School in Arkansas. Coach Jones has recently completed his Masters in Education Administration from Arkansas State University. Coach Jones and his fiance’ Justise are excited to be a part of the Pine Tree Family.
Coach Jordan graduated from Hallsville High School. He then went on to play baseball at Navarro Junior College while being a part of the 2011 National Championship team. After that, he went to Lamar College and graduated with a general studies degree. He and his wife Lindsay moved to Pine Tree last year along with their 3 year old daughter, Baylor. He will coach Football, Basketball, and Baseball this year while teaching in the Excel program.
Coach Kyle is an East Texas native graduating from Gilmer in 2007. He went on to study kinesiology at Stephen F. Austin State University. He began his coaching career in DeKalb, Texas before spending a few years on staff at Pine Tree then Ore City. He is excited to be back! When Coach Kyle is not at the field house with his Pirates, he is home spending time with his wife, Tiara, and 2 year old son, Carter.
Coach Massenburge is from Kilgore Texas and graduated from Kilgore High School in 2012. After graduating, he moved to Oklahoma City, where he attended Mid America Christian University. He graduated in 2016 with his Bachelors in Business Administrations, and while at MACU, Coach Massenburge was a part of the 2016 National Champion Basketball Team. After spending the last few years in the financial world, he wanted to pursue a dream of his to be a coach! This is his first year at Pine Tree, he will be teaching Texas History and coaching Football, Basketball and Track at the Jr. High! Coach Massenburge is very excited to be a part of the Pine Tree Family.
Garrett Methvin – JH Boys’ Coordinator
Coach Methvin is a 2009 Spring Hill High School Graduate. He played one year at the University of Arkansas as a pitcher on the baseball team before transferring to LeTourneau University in the fall of 2010. He played the remainder of his career at LeTourneau as a Pitcher and First Baseman when LeTourneau won its first ever ASC Championship in 2014. Garrett graduated from LeTourneau with a 3.9 GPA, majoring in Kinesiology, and currently working on his Masters in Education. He coached Baseball the first two years of his career at Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas. This is his 5th year at Pine Tree where he is the boys Junior High Athletics Coordinator. He is also starting his first year as the head baseball coaches. He is married to Leighchele Methvin, his wife of 10 years and has 4 beautiful children, Elijah (Eli)-8, Lilly-7, and Adileigh (Adi)-5, and Asher-2. Garrett is excited for another great year at Pine Tree and an opportunity to build something special!
Coach Parrish was an alumnus of Gilmer High School in 2014. He attended Southern Arkansas University for football, and received accolades, such as All-conference and All American in his time there. Graduating with a Bachelors of University studies, and currently enrolled in Master programs for Kinesiology. This will be Coach Parrish's first year coaching as well as teaching special education.
Coach Peralez is a graduate of Kilgore High School. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BSA in Chemistry. He started at Pine Tree in 2018. He teaches chemistry/medical microbiology, and he coaches football and soccer at the high school.
Rachael Phillips LAT, ATC – Assistant Athletic Trainer
Coach Phillips is from Port Aransas, TX and attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. This is her sixth year at Pine Tree as a proud Pine Tree Pirate! Her previous experience includes working with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s men’s basketball, men & women’s track and cross country, and various high school sports at Mary Carroll High School. Coach Phillips and her fiance’ Larry have two pups that they adore, Momo (8) and Leo (1).
Coach Portley is graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies. Coach Portley previously coached at Overton High School where they were State Champions in 2005 & 2006 in powerlifting. He is currently the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association Region 3 Div. 1 Director; starting his 6th year. This past season the Lady Pirates won their 2nd Region 3 Div. 1 Championship. He will be coaching football, and powerlifting and teaching in the Special Ed. Dept. for us at Pine Tree HS. He has two children: Dominique (25) who currently is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, and Adrian (23) who is a 3rd grade teacher at Johnston McQueen. He is also expecting his first granddaughter (Spring 2021). He is engaged to Lori Schave (July 2020). She is a 8th grade science teacher & cheer coach at Foster Middle School and has an incoming freshmen at Pine Tree High School Grayson (14) and Addyson (10), a 5th grader at Hudson Pep.
Coach Robertson is a graduate of Huntington High School. He played football at East Texas Baptist University (2016-2020) and graduated with a BSE degree in Kinesiology. Coach Robertson is going into his first year of teaching and coaching. He will be teaching 7th Grade Texas History and coaching football, basketball, and baseball. “I’m blessed to have this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing what this journey holds.”
Coach Rocha is a graduate from Tatum High and received his college degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, majoring in English and Spanish. Coach Rocha is our Head Boys Soccer Coach at Pine Tree as well as assists with the defensive line in football. Coach Rocha has been coaching since 2008. He spent four years at Grace Community as a Varsity Defensive Line coach and Assistant Varsity Boys soccer coach, before returning to coach at his alma mater to become the boys Head Soccer coach. At Tatum, he helped build the program and lead it to its UIL berth as well as helping the program reach the playoffs every year.
Coach Rockwell is a 2007 graduate of Ore City HS. He and his wife Kawaljulah have two handsome young boys. Elijah-3 year old and Gabriel-4 month old. Coach Rockwell is entering his fourth year of coaching football, basketball, and track at Pine Tree. He will also be teaching Texas History at the JH. He has previous coaching experience at Hawkins HS defensive coordinator in (2016-17) and Ore City (2015-16). At Ore City HS, Coach Rockwell was all-district and all-east Texas RB/LB. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2012 with a B.B.S. in Sports Fitness and Leisure Studies. He was also a four-year starter on the football team and was selected all-conference and all-region RB.
Coach Schoon is a graduate of Harmony High School. He played football and baseball at East Texas Baptist University (2012-13) and is a graduate of Tarleton State University where he majored in Kinesiology Fitness Management. Coach Schoon is going into his fifth year of teaching and coaching here at Pine Tree ISD.
Coach Shaver is the Head Boys Basketball coach at Pine Tree. He grew up in Diana, TX where he was Valedictorian and was an all-state basketball player for 3 years. He met his wife Megan of 16 years at Northwestern State University while he was playing basketball there. They have three very active and amazing boys. Jaxon is 14 and goes to Pine Tree Junior High, Kade is 11 and goes to Pine Tree Middle School, and Bryce is 8 and goes to Pine Tree Parkway Elementary. Coach Shaver graduated from St. Leo University with a degree in Business, but never stopped being a student of the game. Last year he started a children’s Pine Tree developmental basketball program. His biggest goal is developing fundamental skills early on so that our students can learn how to play the right way together as a team. He’s coached at Loyola, Calvary, and Central School in Grand Cane. He also coaches the safeties and wide receivers on the Junior High football team.
Coach Simmons is married to Paige Simmons and they have three children, Mack (8), Sarah (5) and Hallie (4). He will be coaching football and track, and teaching Economics in his fifth year at Pine Tree. Coach Simmons is a 2005 graduate of White Oak High School and has previously coached at Marshall, Quitman, Spring Hill, and Pittsburg. He played football at Trinity Valley Community College and East Texas Baptist University, and graduated from ETBU in 2009.
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