Charlie Boren, who built an ultra-successful high school coaching career mainly in north Alabama, enters his first season as Faulkner's head football coach.
He joined the Faulkner staff in December of 2011 as the assistant head coach and works specifically with the Eagles' running backs. Boren came to Faulkner from Newton County High School in Mississippi, where he was the head coach and guided the Cougars to the state playoffs.
Boren's head coaching career spans 18 years, having led the programs at Midfield, Montevallo, Bibb County and Saint Clair high schools in Alabama. His 113-81 record as a head coach in Alabama ranked him 10th among active head coaches in the Birmingham metro area. Four of his teams finished their seasons ranked in the top 10 and in addition to having 17 players selected to all-state teams he had 43 players earn college scholarships.
Boren earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Jacksonville State University, and later his master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife Linda have been married for 32 years and have three children - Blake, Ashlyn and Meagan.
Blake Boren, a Faulkner graduate who has assisted at perennial power Hoover High School in Alabama and at Newton County High School in Mississippi, is the co-offensive coordinator and will work with Faulkner’s quarterbacks.
In the summer of 2012, he became the football program's recruiting coordinator as well.
Boren was a part of Faulkner's coaching staff during its first two seasons of intercollegiate competition, assisting as the running backs coach in 2007 and the wide receivers coach in 2008.
He coached wide receivers for a pair of seasons at Hoover High School, and was part of the staff that led the Bucs to the 2009 6A state championship. He joined his father at Newton County High School this past season, serving as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Boren and his wife, the former Amanda Pence, were married in May of 2012.
Brandon Slay is headed into his fourth season as Faulkner's offensive line coach and beginning this year will also serve as co-offensive coordinator. He joined the Eagles' staff after coaching at Tarleton State University in Texas, his alma mater.
Slay played on the offensive line at Tarleton State from 2006-2009, helping guide the NCAA Division II Texans to a pair of Lone Star Conference championships. He was a graduate assistant at Tarleton in the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011, working with the running backs and the offensive line.
For the past three seasons, Faulkner's offensive line has provided protection for record-setting quarterback Josh Hollingsworth and opened holes for a talented stable of running backs as the Eagles have been among the nation's leaders in total offense.
Slay graduated from Georgetown High School in Georgetown, Texas, before earning his bachelor's degree in exercise sports studies. He also has a master's degree in education, with an emphasis in kinesiology. He is married to the former Laci Crais.
Keith Houston, who played collegiate football in the Southeastern Conference at Ole Miss, is in his second season at Faulkner and is the co-defensive coordinator. He will work closely with the Eagles' defensive backs.
Houston spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., where he also served as the strength and conditioning coach.
Houston was a four-year letterman at Ole Miss from 2003-2006, having played for Rebel head coaches Houston Nutt and Ed Orgeron. He started his career as a safety, but was moved to tight end when Orgeron took over the program. His primary responsibilities will be to work with Faulkner's cornerbacks and safeties, as well as recruiting.
Houston earned degrees in criminal justice and African American studies from Ole Miss. He and his wife Deidra have two children - Miley, age 4, and Keith Jr., age 3.
Jamie Carter, who played at the University of Alabama and in the National Football League, is in his second season on the Eagles staff and will serve as co-defensive coordinator, working specifically with the defensive line.
Carter most recently was an assistant coach at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., where he served as the tight ends coach and the strength and conditioning coordinator. He previously coached the defensive line at Marietta College in Ohio and John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham.
As a player for the Crimson Tide, Carter was a four-year letterman and a member of the 1999 Southeastern Conference championship team. He played in three bowl games at Alabama - the Outback Bowl following the 1996 season, the Music City Bowl following the 1997 season and the Orange Bowl following the 1999 season.
Carter earned a Health Studies degree from Alabama in 2008. He and his wife, Roshanda, have three children - Nikeem, age 18; Jada, age 11 and Miyah, age 4.
Charlie Knapp is entering his eighth season as Faulkner's Director of Football Operations, and his first season working with the Eagles' inside linebackers. He has previously coached Faulkner's running backs and outside linebackers.
Knapp is also entering his third season as the head coach of Faulkner's junior varsity team.
Knapp, who owns a bachelor's degree in History from Faulkner, was a four-year letterman at Mosley High School in Panama City, Fla., having played linebacker and strong safety. He was a volunteer assistant at Alabama Christian Academy for the 1998 and 1999 seasons before accepting a job in Faulkner's admissions department, where he worked for eight years prior to joining the football staff in 2007.
Knapp and his wife Julie are the parents of two sons - Austin and Cooper.
Henry Woodard begins his second season on the Faulkner staff, serving as the high school recruiting coordinator and inside receivers coach. Last season Woodard concentrated on offensive quality control.
Prior to coming to Faulkner, Woodard was an intern and assistant wide receivers coach for the Knoxville Nighthawks of the Professional Indoor Football League. He has also worked at Lancaster Christian Academy in SMyrna, Tenn., where he was the assistant athletic director and the defensive coordinator for the footballl team.
Woodard earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Tennessee Tech, and is currently working toward a master's degree in physical education at Faulkner.
Shawn Sutton has joined the Faulkner staff and will be working with the Eagles’ outside receivers.
Sutton brings a wealth of experience to coach Boren’s staff, having spent 27 years on the sidelines. Most recently he was the offensive coordinator at Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Ga. He has also been an assistant at Clay Chalkville and Hoover High Schools, both in the Birmingham area.
Sutton and his wife Andrea currently live in Hoover.
T.J. Lynch is in his first year on the Faulkner staff, and will be working with the Eagles’ outside linebackers.
Lynch comes to Faulkner from St. Joseph College, where he also worked with the outside linebackers. Previously, he spent a year at Bluefield College coaching the defensive line.
Raised in Augusta, Ga., Lynch played two seasons (2007 and 2008) at Georgia Military College, helping lead the team to a combined 18-2 record and a pair of top 10 national rankings. He finished his collegiate playing career at Western Michigan.