Alpharetta Jr Raider Football

8th Grade



Practice will be from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Alpharetta High School (AHS) on the main football field. Practices will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  All practices will be in full pads unless communicated otherwise.

Please make sure players bring plenty of water to all practices.

We are guests at AHS.  Occasionally, we may have changes to our practice schedule based on AHS events.  We will communicate any changes as soon as they become known to us.  Players should be dressed and ready to start practice promptly at 7:00pm. If a player will be late to practice or not be able to attend practice, please notify Coach Reed prior to practice.



Black 10-1             Silver 4-0-1

2017 8th Grade Jr Raider Schedule
8/19 7:30 PM AWAY Black Milton (Pre Season) Milton High School W 26-6
8/26 7:30 PM AWAY Black River Ridge River Ridge High School W 32-8
9/2 7:30 PM HOME Black Creekview Alpharetta High School W 32-30
9/6 7:30 PM AWAY Silver Cambridge Cambridge High School W 32-0
9/9 1:00 PM AWAY Black Allatoona Allatoona High School W 20-14
9/12 7:00 PM AWAY Silver Sequoyah Sequoyah High School CANCELLED
9/16 7:30 PM HOME Black Johns Creek Alpharetta High School W 48-22
9/18 7:30 PM HOME Silver Pope Alpharetta High School T 6-6
9/23 7:30 PM HOME Black Riverwood Alpharetta High School W 16-3
9/27 7:30 PM HOME Silver Creekview Alpharetta High School W 13-0
9/30 7:30 PM AWAY Black Centennial Centennial High School W 52-0
10/4 7:30 PM HOME Silver Walton Alpharetta High School W 40-0
10/7 BYE
10/14 1:00 PM AWAY Black Cambridge Cambridge High School W 20-0
10/18 7:30 PM HOME Silver Cambridge Alpharetta High School W 27-15
10/21 7:30 PM HOME Black Pope Alpharetta High School W 35-0
10/28 5:30 PM HOME PLAYOFFS Pope Alpharetta High School W 40-0
11/4 3:00 PM HOME PLAYOFFS East Paulding Alpharetta High School L 8-14

2017 Jr Raider Coaching Staff Bios

Seth Bernstein
Seth is a graduate of “The” Ohio State University along with his wife Alicia. They have 2 boys, Chad who is a freshman at Alpharetta High School who plays baseball for the Raiders and Jack who is in 7th grade and plays both Football and Baseball for the Jr Raiders. He has been actively involved in helping manage the day to day operations of the Jr Raider Baseball program the last 2 years. He has also served as the Jr Raider Football Announcer and DJ for the last 2 years.
Seth is a Corporate Account Director for Allergan Pharmaceuticals and has been with them the last 22 years. Seth will co – manage many responsibilities with the Junior Raiders, including equipment, medical / hydration, technology (HUDL) and game day management. POINT PERSON: Game Day Management

Sean Fray
Sean Fray is originally from Tucson, Arizona where he played high school and college football. He has a wealth of coaching experience in coaching high school football in Arizona as well as one year coaching in AYFA and in the Jr. Raider program. This will be his fourth year being a part of the 8th grade program. He has also coached in the YPL (Youth Passing League) for two years in the summer. His background has been coaching Outside Linebackers and Defensive Ends. His charge will be to teach the kids to be technically sound in their defensive fundamentals.

Sean has a wonderful wife Terri and he has three children, Jordan who played football and track at Alpharetta class of 2012, Alex who plays softball and is a sophomore at Chattahoochee, and Cayden who is 5 years old who plays flag football and basketball. He has a sports family and by the end of the season all of the kids will be his sons as well. He loves giving back to these young men and teaching them how to become better young men. Positional Responsibility: Defensive Line – Defensive Ends

Stephen Gosk
A native of the Boston area, Steve has lived in Alpharetta for over (15) years. A multi-sport high school athlete, he played football throughout his youth. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University. Today, Steve is responsible for the US subsidiary of, Alpharetta based, Fischer Connectors, Inc.

His family, wife and four children are active in community through Northpoint Community Church, school activities and sports at all levels. Steve has been involved with coaching at AYFA/NAFL and Junior Raider Football for the past (7) years. Stephen will co – manage many responsibilities with the Junior Raiders, including equipment, medical / hydration, technology and game day management. POINT PERSON: Equipment

Verron Haynes
Verron Haynes was born on the Island of Trinidad in the small town of Tuna Puna, located is in the East of Trinidad. His father, Ulric Buggy Haynes, is known as one of the greatest Soccer players in the history of Trinidad and Tobago. Verron migrated to the Unites States when he was seven years young.
It was not until moving to Georgia during his junior year in high school that he began playing football for North Springs High School. Verron overcame the first of many obstacles when he made the University of Georgia football team without the benefit of a football scholarship as a walk-on. Due to his strong fortitude and hard work, he was able to obtain a full scholarship. Haynes moved on to become one of seven draft choices to make the final 53-man roster in 2002 after being drafted by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. In five seasons with the Steelers from 2002 to 2006, Haynes gained 660 yards on 159 carries (4.2 average per carry) and three touchdowns. He also recorded 39 receptions for 322 yards (8.3 average per reception) and two touchdowns. During his successful tenure with the Steelers, Haynes had the privilege to play and win a Super Bowl ring in 2005 Super Bowl XL. This was an accomplishment for his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, as Haynes became the first Trinidadian to win a Super Bowl Championship. Although most of the 2006 was missed due to a knee injury, he remained persistent and dedicated and on April 29, 2009 the eight year veteran was signed by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played during the 2009-2010 season.

Off the field, Verron engages in kick-boxing, spin-classes, Pilates, Taekwondo and yoga; which he says provides physical, mental and spiritual conditioning. He enjoys traveling and devoting time to family. Preparing for life after football, he has embarked on various business ventures including a water sports company in Trinidad, The Red Sail. Verron Haynes continues to be a driving force in the bettering of his community. He has established a non-profit organization, The Verron Haynes Foundation. This foundation provides mentoring for the youth and various programs dedicated to survivors of breast cancer. In addition to breast cancer survivors, a group close to his heart is the support of our U.S. Troops, which were the inspirations of the “Tickets for Troops” program that he was involved in. Positional Responsibility: Defense / RB

Corey Mazer
Corey Mazer has spent the majority of his life involved with competitive sports. Whether as an athlete, or as a coach, he has always been driven by the bond and comradery that develops through the season, and the friendships that last a lifetime. He has coached youth sports in the Alpharetta area for over ten years and is excited to continue to coach your kids for the upcoming Junior Raider season. His football playing days ended when he graduated high school, where he was a wide receiver at Washington-Lee in Arlington, Virginia, but his love of the game never wavered. He has coached youth football in Alpharetta (AYFA) for the past eight years, and most recently, has been an assistant coach for the 6th and 7th Grade Alpharetta Junior Raider program. He is excited for the third year together with these amazing kids, and he is excited to be able to witness these young men turning into good football players and even better young men.
Corey attended the University of Arizona and the Medical College of Virginia and owns Old Milton Dental. Corey is married to Cari and they have three children. Positional Responsibility: Offensive Line / Defensive Line

Johnny McDonald
Johnny grew up in the football crazy state of Florida and has played and been around the game of football for over 30 years. Out of high school, Johnny signed to play in the SEC at the University of Florida. As a red shirt freshman, he unfortunately broke his leg and decided to transfer and finish his playing days at Florida A&M University.

As a coach, in Orlando, Johnny coached 2 years of high school football and 6 years of youth football. Since moving to Alpharetta, he has coached 4 years of youth football and was on the coaching staffs of the 2015 NMFL Champions, North Atlanta Saints and the 2016 AAAA State Championship Blessed Trinity Titans. Johnny is currently a Sr. Controls Engineer at Dematic Corp. where he is primarily responsible for design and implementation of warehouse management systems. Johnny is married to Pat and they have three children. Positional Responsibility: Offensive Line / DB

Blake Miskin
Blake Miskin grew up in Washington State and went to Brigham Young University. He is married to Keleen and they have four amazing children who have all come through the Fulton County school programs and been deeply involved with sports. Coach Miskin has been involved with coaching for the past 25 years, including the past two years with the Jr. Raider program. Blake is a CPA and started his career as an independent public accountant. He spent several years as an entrepreneur starting a football company focused on college recruiting and web content for the quarterback position.

Blake recently holds the position of VP & CFO of Landis + Gyr Americas, a leading global provider of energy management solutions for the utility sector. Positional Responsibility: WR / DB

Christian Oyola
Christian comes to the Jr. Raider program with a long history of sports and conditioning both personally and in his prior years as an assistant coach with AYFA, AYBA and most recently the 7th grade Alpharetta Jr Raiders in 2016. Christian’s philosophy of conditioning and coaching is one of fostering an attitude of hard work, accountability, positivity, and total effort with the goal of improving the athlete both mentally and physically. His primary objectives are to teach the proper fundamentals of conditioning, improve athletic performance, and reduce the risk of injury.

Christian is currently in senior management at Sage Group, responsible for global compensation planning and oversight. In addition to his civilian career, Christian also serves as an active reservist (last 15 years) in Naval Special Warfare. He has gone through extensive physical training and advanced medical training which makes him an ideal person to fill this role.

Christian is a member and has attended St Brigid Catholic Church for 14 years. During that time, he has supported the church with several activities including a missionary trip in support of the Mustard Seed Hogar Belen Orphanage in Nicaragua. Christian is married to Maureen Oyola who also serves on the Jr Raider Football Board of Directors. They have twin boys Jack and Luke (13) in the Jr Raider football program. POINT PERSON: Medical / Hydration

Kevin Arthur Perri
Kevin was born and raised in Matawan, NJ. He played Defensive End for Matawan Regional High School. He went on to play outside linebacker at William Paterson University. He ended his playing career at outside linebacker for the professional Botafogo Reptiles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kevin is currently a Project Manager for IBM Global Financing.

Kevin’s coaching experience includes two seasons, coaching lineman for the 2015 Metro Football League Champions the North Atlanta Saints and the defensive lineman for the AAAA State Champions, the 2016 7th Grade Blessed Trinity Titans. Kevin is 39 years old and is married to Veronica Perri of Brazil. They have a son Vito Perri, and daughter Kyra Perri. Positional Responsibility: Defensive Line – DT / NG

Chris Sperry
Chris Sperry brings a diversity of sporting background and coaching to his resume. Chris played multiple sports in high school, including soccer and track, along with football. He was an assistant head coach with the Chattahoochee High School Girls Jr. Lacrosse team for several years before coaching football as an assistant at AYFA and teaming up with Coach Reed to assist with North Metro Football League Champions North Atlanta Saints in 2015 and the 2016 AAAA State Championship Blessed Trinity Titans last year.

Professionally, Chris is an attorney by trade with his own solo practice ( after working many years in the racing, automotive and sports categories, as well owning and managing his own marketing agency. Chris is married to his beautiful wife, Martina. They have three kids Taylor, Whitman and Olivia. Positional Responsibility: DB / WR / Technology (HUDL)

Winston Tamisin
Winston Tamisin will be in his 2nd year coaching the Offensive Line for the 8th grade Alpharetta Junior Raiders. Prior to coaching for Alpharetta, he coached 5 years for the Chattahoochee Junior Cougars grades (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th). He also spent 4 years coaching at AYFA. He has two great boys, Jack who is a rising freshman, going to Alpharetta and Logan a senior at Chattahoochee, who will be attending college in the fall. Throughout the years, his philosophies regarding coaching have remained the same…Motivate the kids through positive reinforcement, teach them the skills and techniques that will keep them safe and allow them to succeed, make sure they walk away at the end of the season with a love and an appreciation for the sport and what they’ve accomplished, and of course WIN.

In addition to having a full time corporate America job and coaching, Winston has also been a personal trainer for several years. For the last three years he has been working with The Training Grounds in Alpharetta to develop a program specifically for young athletes. In addition to improving speed, agility and performance, his program has an emphasis on injury prevention through player assessment, increasing range of motion, and ensuring correct techniques. They deliver a turnkey strength and conditioning program for the Chattahoochee Jr. Cougars. He has also made himself available to assist in the Alpharetta HS Strength and Conditioning program. Positional Responsibility: Offensive Lineman / Conditioning

Adam Walker
Adam Walker launched his career as a running back in the National Football League (NFL), where he played for seven consecutive seasons beginning and ending with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1990 and 1996 respectively. Walker also played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991 to 1995 and was a member of the 1994 49ers Super Bowl XXIX championship team. Recognized for his leadership on and off the field, Walker served as special teams captain from 1994-1996 for both the 49ers and the Eagles; received 1994’s post-season special teams MVP; was nominated for the Ed Block Award for Courage in 1995; received the 1996 special teams Player of the Year award; and the NFL’s Player Network Events (PNE) Executive of the Year.

Adam C. Walker began serving as Summit Packaging Solutions Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. Prior to acquiring Summit Packaging Solutions, Walker co-founded and led Homestead Packaging Solutions, an innovative and award winning packaging manufacturer with facilities in Tennessee and Michigan. Under his leadership, the company received numerous awards including the NMSDC Supplier of the Year and the United States Department of Commerce – MBDA Manufacturer of the year.

Currently, Walker serves on the Board of Directors of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Gwinnett Technical College, the Georgia Small Business Center, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed the Advanced Management Executive Program from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Adam is married to Lori Walker and they have three children (Logan Rae, Adam and Landon). Positional Responsibility: DB / Special Teams

Rusty Reed
Rusty Reed is a long standing youth football coach / administrator in North Fulton County. He recently served as Athletic Director at AYFA (NAFL) for three years (2013-15). Over the past the past six (6) seasons, his teams averaged 9.5 wins per season and played in five (5) Championship games, winning 3 Titles. His two most recent teams, the 6th grade North Atlanta Saints, captured the 2015 North Metro Football League Championship last season with an 11-1 mark and a final # 8 ranking in the Born To Compete Final Georgia Rankings and the 2016 Blessed Trinity’s 7th grade team that ran the table on their way to a 10-0 record, and a AAAA State Championship and an overall #2 Born To Compete ranking in the state of Georgia. Rusty believes football is the ultimate team game and is the best sport for teaching life lessons and developing young men of character. Rusty has also always intersected faith and football on his teams.

As a high school senior, Rusty decided to stay close to home and play in the SEC and signed with Ole Miss in 1983 as a quarterback and was part of the Ole Miss Rebels 1983 Independence Bowl team that ended a 12 year bowl drought in Oxford (1971 Peach Bowl).

Rusty has been in the world of sports all of his business life with lengthy sales / marketing stints at Wilson Sporting Goods and Vice President of Pro Players Inc. in Chicago where he represented professional athletes both here and abroad and inked the company’s first NBA lottery pick in 1991. Rusty is currently in senior management at ESPN, primarily negotiating college football bowl entitlements and managing the ESPN Events brand and portfolio. In his role, he represents ESPN’s owned and operated NCAA properties (13 bowl games, 3 Labor Day Kickoff Classics and 10 NCAA Basketball Tournaments.) While at ESPN, Rusty has negotiated the bowl entitlements of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, The BBVA Compass Bowl, The Gildan New Mexico Bowl, The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl and The Marmot Boca Raton Bowls respectively. Rusty is a member and has attended North Point Community Church for 18 years where he has served in several capacities. Rusty is married to Rebecca Reed of Florence, Alabama. They have four children. Positional Responsibility: HC / OC