Position: Head Football Coach
Athletic Background: Coach Vavra played high school football at Sprayberry High School where he was a 4 year starter at Tight End, Fullback, and Middle Linebacker. His senior year he was named 1st team All-Region, and MDJ Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career at Sprayberry with 389 total tackles and signed with the Naval Academy to play football. After 1 season at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, he transferred to Tennessee Tech University where he played 4 seasons at Middle Linebacker starting 3 years. In his senior season, he was voted All-OVC 2nd Team Defense, All-Academic District Team, 2-time OVC Defensive Player of the Week, and was named 2005 Tennessee Tech “Man of the Year”.
Coaching Experience: Coach Vavra is in his 13th year of coaching. He began his coaching career at Sprayberry H.S. in the spring of 2005 as the linebackers coach and taught in the special education department. In fall of 2005, Coach Vavra spent one season coaching the Defensive Line at South Cobb High School whose defense gave up 5.5 points per game and won a region championship. In 2006, he coached the inside linebackers at North Cobb High School where they won a region championship. In addition to coaching football he also managed the Girl’s Track and Field program. Coach Vavra then moved on to Sprayberry H.S. where he spent the next 5 seasons coaching linebackers, coordinating the special teams, coordinating the strength and conditioning program, and coaching Track and Field. In his time there, Sprayberry won a region championship (2008), made the state playoffs 4 out of 5 seasons, and finished state runner-up in track and field (2012). In 2012, Coach Vavra moved on to Etowah H.S. in Cherokee County as the Defensive Coordinator, Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, and Boy’s Head Track Coach. In 5 seasons at Etowah, his defenses allowed an average of 21 points a game, made a state semi-final run in 2014, and won 2 state championships with the weightlifting team. He was also named The Cherokee County Track Coach of the Year in 2016. He returns to Sprayberry as the Head Football Coach and will teach in the PE department. Coach Vavra is married to his beautiful wife Mary and resides in Alpharetta, Georgia.
The Sprayberry Football Coaches and Staff members for the 2013-14 Season have accomplished a great deal on the gridiron. Among the five (5) Sprayberry Football Alumni (Foster, Gresham, Hutson, Prickett, Shackelford), three (3) are Sprayberry 1984-2004 Football All-Stars (Foster, Prickett, Shackelford), two (2) are Sprayberry Golden Anniversary Football All-Stars (Foster, Prickett), and one (1) is a Sprayberry Sports Hall of Fame inductee (Shackelford).
As high school players, at least five (5) of the current coaches won Area, District, League, Region, and/or Sub-Region Championships (Blizzard, Gresham, Kenney, Livingston, Shackelford), and two (2) won State Championships (Kenney, Livingston). Four (4) were selected to All-State teams (Davis, Hicks, Livingston, Williams), one (1) played in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) All-Star football game as a high school Senior (Davis), one (1) was chosen Cobb County (Georgia) Offensive Player of the Year (Shackelford), and one (1) was chosen State (Missouri) Defensive Player of the Year (Livingston).
Nine (9) of the coaches played football in college (Davis, Foster, Fullwood, Hicks, Kenney, Livingston, Prickett, Shackelford, Williams), one (1) of which was a Freshmen All-American (Davis), and another one (1) was an All-American and an eventual NFL Pro-Bowler (Fullwood). While in college, at least two (2) won Conference Championships (Fullwood, Kenney), and at least three (3) were selected All-Conference (Davis, Fullwood, Hicks).
As football coaches, eight (8) have claimed high school Region Championships (Blizzard, Ford, Fullwood, Gresham, Hutson, Ransom, Shackelford, Williams), and one (1) was selected Cobb County Offensive Coach of the Year two years in a row (2005-06, Shackelford). In addition, one (1) has won two (2) National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL) Championships (Prickett), and two (2) have claimed Georgia Middle School Athletic Association (GMSAA) Region Championships (Hatch, Prickett).
In high school track, three (3) have coached Region Champions in Boys 200m, 400m, and 4x400m events, as well as State Champions in Boys 400m and 4x400m events (Fullwood, Ransom, Williams).