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Shayne Carnes
Head Coach
     Shayne Carnes
Name:   Shayne Carnes
     
Spouse:   Jamie Wheless - 2006
     
Children:   Conner Jace Carnes - 9 years old
    Caden Layne Carnes - 5 year old
     
Availability:   Conferences by appointment from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Calls returned from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
     
Education:    
High School:   Pleasant Grove High - 1994
College:   M.S.E. in Instructional Leadership, Jacksonville State - 2015
    B.S. in Physical Education, UAB - 2002
    Driver Education Certification, Jacksonville State - 2009
     
Currently Teaching:   Intervention, ISD, and Athletics
     
Currently Coaching:   Head Baseball Coach - Hitters, Pitchers, and Outfielders
    Head Boy's Cross Country Coach
     
Athletic Department:   AHSAA Compliance Coordinator for Mortimer Jordan - 2009 to Present
     
Professional   President of JEFCO Baseball Coaches Association - 2009 to Present
Organizations:   ALABCA Legislative Chair Person - 2010 to 2016
    ALABCA District 5 Representative - 2010 to 2013
    ALABCA Member 2002 to Present
     
Playing Experience    
Baseball   UAB - 1995 to 1998
    First Team Freshman All-American - 1995 (UAB)
    Third Team All-American - 1998 (UAB)
    First Team All Conference USA 1995 & 1998 (UAB)
    Second Team All Conference USA 1997 (UAB)
     
    Waterloo Bucks - Waterloo, IA 1995 to 1998
    Northwoods League All-Star 1995, 1996, 1997
    Northwoods League MVP 1997
    Northwoods League All-Decade Team 2005
     
    Philadelphia Phillies - 24th Round Selection in 1998 MLB Draft
    Batavia Muckdogs - Batvia, NY (Class A) 1998
    NY Penn League All-Star 1998
     
    Piedmont Bollweevils - Kannapolis, NC (Class A) 1999
     
    Clearwater Phillies - Clearwater, FL (Class A) 1999, 2000, 2001
     
Coaching Record:    
Baseball   456-221
     
Coaching Experience:   16 Years to Date
     
    Mortimer Jordan High School
    Head Baseball Coach - 2006 to Present
    Head Boy's Cross Country Coach - 2008 to Present
    Assistant Football Coach - 2006 to 2007
     
    Oneonta High School
    Head Baseball Coach - 2006
    Assistant JV Football Coach - 2005
     
    Bragg Middle School
    Head Baseball Coach - 2003 to 2005
    Head Football Coach - 2004
    Assistant Football Coach - 2002 to 2003
    Head Basketball Coach - 2003 to 2004
    Assistant Basketball Coach - 2002 to 2003
     
    Pittman Middle School
    Head Baseball Coach - 2002
     
Coaching Awards:   JCSBCA Baseball Coach of the Year 2014
    North Jefferson News Baseball Coach of the Year 2007
     
Championships and   Mortimer Jordan Baseball
Playoffs:   6 Area Championships
    2 Area Runner Ups
    9 Playoff Appearances
    6 AHSAA State Playoffs 2nd Round Appearances
    6 MJHS Spring Break Tournament Championships
    1 Jefferson County Schools Baseball Tournament Runner-Up
     
    Oneonta Baseball
    1 Area Championship
    1 Playoff Apperance
    1 AHSAA State Baseball Playoffs Semi-Finals Appearance
    1 Blount County Tournament Championship
     
Teaching Experience:   Physical Education, Driver Education, Intervention, and Athletics - Weight Training

Wally Higginbotham 
Assistant Coach

     Coach Higg
Name:   Wally Higginbotham
     
Spouse:   Melissa Cato 1987
     
Children:   Trey - MJHS 2009, Mississippi State Univeristy 2013
    Lauren - MJHS 2011, University of North Alabama 2015
     
Availability:   Conferences by appointment from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
    Calls returned from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
     
Education:    
High School:   Mortimer Jordan 1979
College:   B.S. Education, UAB 1989
    M.A. Administration, Univeristy of Alabama 2006
     
Currently Teaching:   Anatomy and Physiology
     
Currently Coaching:   Varsity Football Assistant - Linebackers
    Varsity Baseball Assistant - Infielders
     
Coaching   Experience: 28 Years to date
    1999-Present Mortimer Jordan High School
    Varsity Football Assistant (Defensive Coordinator 1999-2004)
    Head Jr. High Girl's Basketball (1999-2001)
    Head Jr. High Baseball (1999-2004)
    Varsity Baseball Assistant (2004-Present)
     
    1992-1999 Pinson Valley High School
    Varsity Football Assistant (Defensive Coordinator 1998-1999)
    Head Varsity Baseball Coach
     
    1989 - 1992 Erwin High School
    Varsity Football Assistant
    Head Jr. High Wrestling
    Varsity Baseball Assistant
     
Teaching   Experience: Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Physical Education

Charlie Travis 
Assistant Coach

Name:   Charlie Travis
     
Spouse:   Jessica Elene; married since 2008
     
Children:   Owen Carter
    Claire Elene
     
Availability:   Conferences by Appointment: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
    Phone Calls Returned: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
     
Education:    
High School:   Graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2004
College:   B.S. in History from UAB; graduated in 2010
    B.A. in Seconday Education from UAB; graduated in 2010
     
Currently Teaching:   Government and Economics
     
Currently Coaching:   Varsity Football Assistant - Defensive Backs
    Junior Varsity Baseball - Head Coach
     
Current Organizations: None
     
Playing Experience    
Baseball   Pleasant Grove High - 2001 to 2003
     
Coaching Experience: 8 Years
    Pleasant Grove High School (2010 to 2013)
    Varsity Football Assistant - Defensive Line 2010 to 2011
    Varsity Football Assistant - Linebackers 2011 to 2013
    Varsity Girls Basketball Assistant - 2010 to 2011
    Varsity Baseball Assistant - 2012 to 2013
    JV Baseball Assistant - 2011
     
    Mortimer Jordan 2013 to Present
    Varsity Football Assistant - Special Teams (2013-Present)
    JV Baseball - Head Coach (2014-Present)
     
Coaching Awards:   None
     
Teaching Experience: U.S. History, World History, Government, Economics, Psychology, & Sociology

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