Bobby Ramsay began his coaching at Lincoln high school in 2001 working with the defensive ends. From 2002-2004 I was he defensive line Coach at Trinity University in San Antonio Texas. In 2002 Trinity played in the 2002 division 3 national championship game. In 2003 Jarrod Smith , defensive end, became the most decorated player in Trinity history winning multiple first team all American honors.From 2005 – 2007 coaches defensive line and was the head track coach at First Coast High School. In 2007 First Coast reached the state quarterfinals.From 2008-2016 head coach Yulee High school. 2011,12 district champions. 2012 state semifinalist. 2010, 2016 district runner up, first round playoffs. 9 consecutive winning seasons. Yulee graduate Derrick Henry was 2015 Heisman Trophy winner. Coached in the 2015 FACA state all star game, 2010-2017 war of the border all star game. 2014 head coach nffca team speed. Played 1997-2000 McMurry University. 2000 Team captain, defensive MVP. Received masters degree from FSU in 2002.
George McCleod was born in South Florida and raised at the Northern tip of Broward County in Deerfield Beach. He graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in 1995 where he was a member of the boys’ basketball team, the orchestra, and the jazz band. In the fall of 1995 he was awarded a scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Florida (UNF) under the direction of Coaches Rich Zvosec and Sidney Green. In the 2006-2007 school year he accepted his first head coaching position at Englewood High School (EHS) in Jacksonville, Florida, where he also taught students with disabilities. In 2012 he led the team to its first regional playoff game in nearly 10 years. After 6 wonderful years at EHS, Coach McCleod accepted the girls’ basketball head coaching position at Mandarin High School where he led the team to a second straight district championship and regional playoff appearance. Coach McCleod is in his third year as Mandarin’s head boys’ basketball coach and is excited about the overall direction of the team, athletic department, and school.
Coach Natalia Gonzalez enters her 16th year as the Head Softball Coach at Mandarin High School. Throughout her years at Mandarin she has compiled a record of 308-99, while guiding the Mustangs to 10 District Championships, 9 Gateway Conference Championships and 2 State Final Four appearances. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida where she played center field for the Lady Ospreys. She is currently a Physical Education teacher at Mandarin High.
My name is Ashley Nicks and I have had the pleasure coaching at Mandarin for the last 4 years. I am the Head Coach of the Bowling team, JV Girl’s Soccer, and Asst. Varsity Lacrosse. Nothing has made me happier than earning the title of Coach. I am a sports enthusiast. I currently play rugby for the Jacksonville Sinners and I am the Baseball Operations Manager and Social Media Coordinator for the Jacksonville Indians semi-professional baseball team. Working with my student athletes is one of the greatest experience I have had. My girls teach me as much as I teach them. I am very blessed that I am coach for one of the most competitive schools in Duval County. Go Mustangs!
Coach Sidney Dent is in her 5th season as the Head Girls Cross Country coach. She is in her 10th year as a teacher and coach at Mandarin High School. After her team placed in the top ten teams at the state level in 2015, she received the Mike Houser XC Coach of the Year for the Gateway Conference. In her personal world, Coach Dent enjoys running all distances and ran the Boston Marathon in 2016. She is married to Coach Eric Dent (soccer coach and teacher at Lee High School). They have one son together.
Coach Jim Schmitt, Mandarin High School
Boys Head Coach: 2002-2015, 2018-
Certifications and Recognition:
USTF Level I and Level II certification
USTFCCCA Technical Track and Field Certification
USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist Certification
DCPS Mike Houser Coaching Award for Cross-Country: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Gateway Conference Championships, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015
District Championships, 2011, 2012, 2013, Runners-up: 2008, 2009, 2010,2015
Regional Champions, 2015
Regional Championships: Runners-up: 2010, 2012
6 straight State Meet Appearances: (2009-present)
State Runner-up: 2012
4th in State: 2013
Mike grew up in Jacksonville and swam competitively during his high school years at Wolfson and Bolles. He earned a scholarship to swim at Western Kentucky University, where he ended his swimming career ranked in their All Time Top 10 for the 50, 100 and 200 free. After college, Mike moved to Louisville, KY, where he married the love of his life, Angie. Eventually, he moved his family back home to Jacksonville and went to work at Florida Blue, where he is still employed today. In 2009, Mike was hired as an assistant coach with a local club team, the Episcopal Amberjax and in 2012, he took over the head coaching position at Mandarin High School. He has a deep love of the sport and a passion for helping student athletes succeed in the classroom, in the pool and in life. He has coached National Qualifiers and has several swimmers competing at the collegiate level. Mike and Angie have 4 children; 2 currently swim in college and the remaining 2 swim for Mandarin High as well as the Mandarin Aquatic Club.
Coach Evans has been coaching and mentoring student-athletes for the past 22 years. He has coached all levels of football and wrestling during that time. He has been the head wrestling coach, and an assistant football coach at Mandarin for the past 4 years. As a coach he strives to help student-athletes improve their athletic skills, but, more importantly, to be help them become better members of the community and young adults.
Ken Rice was born in Long Island New York. He graduated from Sewanhaka High School in 2001 where he was a member of the football, track, and baseball teams. Coach Rice played four years of football at the University of Connecticut where he majored in History and minored in Mathematics. In 2006, he graduated with his Masters in Secondary Education from Hofstra University and in 2017 he graduated from University of West Florida with a Masters in Educational Leadership. Coach Rice began coaching football on Long Island in 2006 and continued until he relocated last year to Jacksonville. In 2016, he joined the Mandarin Mustangs football staff. In addition to football, Coach Rice was the Head Winter Track and Field Coach at Valley Stream South High School for six years and served as the Assistant Coach during the Spring season for eight years. Coach Rice is currently the Head Track and Field Coach at Mandarin High School.
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fl (Sandalwood High)
College: Florida A&M University (Rattlers)
Coaching Experience: Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Backs, Linebackers), Girls Head Basketball Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball Assistant/JV Boys Head Coach, Head Boys and Girls Track, since the year 2000 in the Duval County Public School System.
Coach Kelly Townsend enters her 3rd year as the Head Girls Weightlifting Coach at Mandarin High School. In her 2 years as the head coach, she has led the Mustangs to win 2 consecutive Gateway Conference Championships, a District Championship, and has made appearances at the State Championship Meet with one athlete placing 5th in the state 2 years in a row. Coach Townsend graduated with a degree in Sport Administration from Florida State University where she played softball for the Seminoles. She currently teaches Physical Education at Mandarin where she is also the assistant varsity softball coach.
Coach Tony Cuthbertson is entering his 2nd season as the Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach at Mandarin High School. In his first year, he lead the Mustangs to a 7-11-2 record and a regional quarterfinal birth. Tony is a graduate of the University of North Florida where he received his Bachelors of Science in Sport Management. Tony currently serves as the Director of Coaching at Florida Elite Soccer Academy Oakleaf and holds his USSF D and NSCAA National Coaching Licenses.
28 years of coaching experience in both club and high school soccer
• USSF National C coaching license
• USSF National Youth coaching license
• NSCAA Youth license
• Trained in CPR and First Aid
• 8 District Titles (2009,2010,2012-2017)
• 3 State Final 4 (2010,2012,2016)
• 6 Gateway Titles (2009,2011,2012,2013,2014,2017)
Sandalwood: Head Flag Football Coach 2004-2009. Won inaugural Gateway Conference Tourney 2006.
Mandarin Assistant Flag Football Coach 2010-2104. Conference Champs 2010-2014, District Champs 2010-2014. State Runner-up 2013.
Mandarin Head Flag Football Coach 2015-2016; 2018-?
My philosophy is to get my student-athletes to practice hard, play hard, and work hard in the classroom but above all else, to have fun. I am a firm believer that success on the field, with proper coaching and guidance at home, leads to success in the classroom. I want my student-athletes to move on to become successful in college and in life.
Mandarin Girl’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Dr. Meghan Braun, Physical Therapist has been involved with Mandarin Lacrosse for the past three seasons. She started her coaching at Mandarin as the assistant coach under Ashley Nicks, where the two have been building a program with many notable achievements including a recent graduate recruited to play NCAA Div II lacrosse at Catawba College in North Carolina.
Henry Montgomery was born and raised in Gainesville, Fl. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1989. After high school, he joined the US Navy where he served our country for 5 years during Desert Storm, onboard submarines. In 2009, he began coaching at his alma mater as the JV football head coach. During his time at Gainesville High School, he coached football, baseball and lacrosse. In 2015, he was named, boys lacrosse head coach. As the head coach, GHS appeared in back to back district playoffs, had back to back winning season, and the program grew from 15 to 45 players. He was honorable mention as the 2015 Gainesville Sun coach of the year and US Lacrosse North Florida Chapter Man of the Year. He is a level 3 US Lacrosse certified coach, a board member of the US Lacrosse North Florida Chapter, a US Lacrosse certified coaches education program trainer. As his transition from Gainesville to Jacksonville, Coach Montgomery is excited to be a Mustang and ready to begin his new chapter at Mandarin High School.
Steve Stewart baseball locally for FCCJ and UNF, then went on to play two years of professional baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers making it to class A ball. Head coach at Terry Parker High School from 2006-2010, earning FACA class 5A District I Coach of the Year honors in 2008. Currently Head baseball coach at Mandarin High since 2016, earning FACA Coach of the Year honors for class 9A District I in 2016.Married to Nicole with two children, Austin and Emma.
Mandarin High Boys Golf Coach 3 seasons
2014 and 2015 Gateway Conference Champions
2014 and 2015 District Champions
2014 Regional Runner-up
2014 Top 12 team finish in State Championships 3A
2016 State Champion Individual Medalist
(2) Baseball Babe Ruth State Champions 2006 and 2008
3rd place finish in the Babe Ruth Southeast Regional 2008
Asst. Varsity Baseball Briggs High School 1987
Girls Softball State Champions 2013
1994 Graduate of The Ohio State University
Agronomy Turf Management/ Business
Low Am. Gate Petroleum Open 2005
Coach Thad Boggs is entering his twenty third year as the Boys Tennis Coach. He has been a Physics/Chemistry Teacher at Mandarin High School since 1994. Coach Boggs graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile and Polymer Chemistry and from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1985 with a Master of Science degree is Systems Technology. While the Boys Tennis Coach, his teams have amassed a record of 263 – 96, two Gateway Conference Championships and one District Championship. He has been a multiple year winner of the Mike Houser Award as the Gateway Conference Coach of the Year. He was the 2016 FACA Assistant Coach of the Year. He also is entering his 23rd year as an Assistant Football and was a Boys Basketball Assistant Coach for 20 years. He has been married to the former Mary Catherine Martin since June 1974 and they have one daughter, Angela Nadeau who resides with her husband and grandson in Maryland.
Lauren Griffin is one of the athletic trainers at Mandarin High School. She received her bachelors degree in Athletic Training from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has just completed her first year of graduate studies at the University of North Florida, pursing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her previous work experience included the IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) and Ave Maria University (Naples, FL).
Lauren Griffin LAT, ATC
Lori is happily married to Eric Boyd and together they are enjoying their three beautiful daughters: Taylor, Kaitlyn & Erica. Between raising kids and coaching, Lori also works as a REALTOR ® at her husband’s property management brokerage, Step One Realty. Prior to getting into real estate, she was a Science Teacher/Guidance Counselor in Orange, Duval and Clay County. Her total time as a professional educator is 12 years, but she still gets her “teaching fix” through developing technique in younger players or guiding 1st time home buyers through the real estate process. Despite moving frequently around the globe as an Air Force Military brat, Lori calls Orlando home. After graduating from Oviedo High School, she earned a volleyball scholarship to Brevard Community College and started/specialized as an outside hitter /middle back. She eventually transferred to the University of Central Florida and played as a Defensive Specialist. Lori’s love and passion for the game has never ended. Her positive energy has transitioned into coaching students in Duval and St. Johns County. She has also been both a Head Coach and an Assistant in JJVA’s Local & National Programs. Lori is very excited to take the reins as Head Coach of the Mustang Volleyball Program at Mandarin.
Anthony Flynn, a native of Jacksonville, Florida graduated from Jean Ribault High School. He continued his education at Florida A & M University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. During his tenure with Duval County Public Schools, he taught Physical Education for 36 years (1980-2016) at various schools from middle to high school. Coach Flynn has also coached several sporting events such as basketball, football, track, and baseball to name a few. However, his love for football and basketball landed him in opportunities to coach both boys and girls gaining several accolades to his portfolio such Conference Champs to State and National Championship.
- 6 State Championships – Ribault High School
- Boys Assistant Coach 1990, 1994, 1995
- Girls Assistant Coach 2013, 2015, 2016
- Girls National Champion 2016 as Assistant Coach – Ribault High School
- Final Four – Boys Head Coach 2007 – Ribault High School
- Gateway Conference Champs – Boys Head Coach 2010 – Ribault High School
- Gateway Conference Champs – Boys Head Coach 2005 2006 First Coast High School
Coach Flynn believes in empowering all students to be the best person possible. He instills in his players that it takes heart, drive, academics and hard work to be the best. His motto is “The Best Is Yet To Come!”
Mandarin High School