John DeRossett

In 2005 Coach John B. DeRossett became the all-time winningest coach in Blackcat Football history, getting his 73rd win over the Leslie Co. Eagles in the 1st round of the 2004 play-offs.  The Blackcats, while under the guidance of Coach Derossett, have a District record of 40-9 and a State Play-off record of 13-9.  Coach DeRossett entered his 10th season as the Blackcat head coach and each year the Blackcats have made the State Play-offs.  Coach DeRossett has coached several outstanding players that have gone on to excel at the college level.  Two players, Jeremy Caudill and Nathen Leslie, have played professionally.  Coach DeRossett is married to Linda Marie DeRossett (1984 Football Homecoming Queen).  Linda is Co-Director of Therapy Services at Pikeville Medical Center, John and Linda have two children Alexis Ashley 13, and Allyson Kate 9, the reside at Bull Creek.

James DeRossett

A 1992 graduate PHS, currently teaches P.E. at Prestonsburg High School. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.

Jerry Butcher

Jerry is the Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and Head Wrestling Coach.  He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He is married to Edith and has two daughters, Tiffany (25) and Natosha (17).

Bobby Hackworth

Bobby is a graduate of MSU and is the Technology Coordinator at Prestonsburg Elementary.  He is married to Dee, they have one daughter, Taylor (9).

Seth Crisp

Seth works with quarterbacks and receivers and is the Freshman Team Offensive Coordinator.  Seth is a 2000 graduate of PHS and a 2004 graduate of Campbellsville University.  He is currently working as a Resource Teacher at Prestonsburg Elementary while completing his Masters of Art in Teaching through Campbellsville University.

Dewey Jamerson

Track Coach, and ISS Teacher at Prestonsburg High School.  He has four children, Nicholas (20), Emily (18), Clay (15) and Joseph (12).

Donald Compton

Donald is a graduate of Middlesboro H.S.  He is married to Kim, and has two children, Trevor (18) and Julie (12). He is the supervisor of the Water Plant here in Prestonsburg.

David Barber

Ky. Court of Appeals Judge.  He is married to Margo, and has two children, Megan (21) and Ryan (15).

Clyde Johnson

Clyde is a 1984 graduate of Prestonsburg High.  He is a lawyer and married to Rose.

Mark Stephens - Offensive Line / Defensive Assistant

Mark is a 1970 graduate of Pikeville High School.  He is married to Judy and has two sons, John Mark (17) and Nathaniel (14).

David Shaffer

University of Tennessee graduate and football letterman.  He is married to Vicki and has two children, Abby (20) and David (18).


Claude Newberry

Claude is the Special Assistant to the head coach and takes care of the equipment.


Kenny Caldwell

A computer teacher at Allen Elementary.  He is married to Wanda and has two sons, Adam (25) and Jordan (18).

Gerald DeRossett

Films all games both home and away. He is an attorney in Prestonsburg.  He is married to Rachel and has two daughters.

Rodney Ousley

Films all games both home and away.  Rodney is married to Leslie and has two children, Zach (17) and Maddy (7).

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Arnold Turner Jr. - Team Chaplain

Arnold has provided the Blackcats with guidance and devotional services for the past several years.  He has two children, Ryan and Brent.  He also has two grandchildren, Blake and Celeste.

Medical Staff:

Blake Burchett, MD ~ (Pictured)

Ernest Brewer, PT