2019 Panther Coaches & Staff
Mark Fleetwood, Head Coach
Coach Mark Fleetwood is in his 2nd year at Huntsville High. His first year at Huntsville High, Coach Fleetweed led the Panthers to the first round of the Alabama High School Association State playoffs - the first time since 2013. Additionally, nine of Coach Fleetwood's seniors class of 2018 signed to play college football.
He comes to Huntsville High from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga. where his teams made the play-offs five out of six years compiling a 41-27 record.
Coach Fleetwood grew up in Decatur, Ga. where he attended Lakeside High School and played for the legendary Wayman Creel. Fleetwood attended the University of South Carolina from 1979-1983 and was three-year starter as a placekicker where he earned a B.S. degree in Distributive Education. He also has a Masters degree in Education Administration from Jacksonville State University.
Fleetwood was a free agent selection by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984. Coach Fleetwood is entering his 32nd year in the coaching profession. His career has included coaching stints at Jacksonville State University, Troy University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Habersham Central High School, The Citadel, Cartersville High School and Peachtree Ridge High School.
Coach Fleetwood is married to former Kimberly Gilmore of Eufaula, Alabama and they have a daughter, Irelan, who is a graduate of Huntsville High, class of 2018.
Chris Hancock, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Chris Hancock has been coaching for 16 years and is beginning his 2nd year at Huntsville High School. He began his coaching career at Riverton Middle School as a football, softball, and baseball coach for three years. He spent the next 9 seasons as a defensive line coach, defensive coordinator and head football coach at Buckhorn High School and was an assistant coach for the 2005 State Runner-up Bucks football team. He spent one season as defensive coordinator at Sparkman High School before taking the Columbia High School head football coaching position where he spent three years. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and played for the Gamecock football program under Bill Burgess. He teaches PLTW Engineering at Huntsville High School. He is married to Susan and they have a daughter Macy.