Spring Football Practice is scheduled for May 21, and May 24 - May 28, 2021. These dates are tentative; additional information will be communicated through Coach Batten's weekly email. If you are not on the current football emailing list, but would like to be, please email Coach Batten at email@example.com.
There will be a virtual parent meeting on Thursday, May 6th at 7:00pm. Meeting information will be provided in Coach Batten's weekly email. If you are not on the current football emailing list, but would like to be, please email Coach Batten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roc Batten is the Head Varsity Football Coach at Ensworth. In addition to his role as Head Football Coach, Roc will also serve as the Associate Director of Admissions for the high school. The appointment marks a homecoming for Coach Batten, as he was a member of Ensworth’s faculty and staff in the high school’s early years.
Roc originally joined Ensworth in 2005 and was Defensive Coordinator on the coaching staff that led the Tigers to their first Football State Championship. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Coach Batten was the school’s inaugural Director of Service Learning and was integral in developing the curriculum and international service programs. In his six years at Ensworth, he also served as an Admission Assistant, Track Coach, and Director of Summer Programs.
Roc attended Vanderbilt University where he earned his BS in Human and Organizational Development, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and played football. As a member of the football program he was a 2-year starter and a member of the Academic All-SEC Team his sophomore and junior season. During the 1998 season, Roc was voted team captain by his teammates but his career was cut short due to a neck and arm injury. During that season, Roc started his coaching career and spent five years on the Vanderbilt coaching staff. After his time at Vanderbilt, Coach Batten was an assistant football coach at MBA and a part of two State Championships. Most recently, Coach Batten was the Head Football Coach, Associate Director of Admissions, and Director of Camps at Battle Ground Academy for 8 years. Coach Batten was recognized as the DII-A Coach of the Year in 2016 and received the Middle Tennessee Chapter National Football Foundation Bonnie Sloan Courage Award. During Coach Batten's coaching tenure, he has had the pleasure of coaching 46 players that played collegiate football and 8 players that played in the NFL.
Roc and his wife Sone-Serae have three children Aliyah, Isaiah and Makaylah.
Tony Butler joined the Ensworth community in July 2019 as a Fitness Instructor and an Assistant Football Coach for the Ensworth Tigers. Previously, he served as an Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Football Coach, and Assistant Baseball Coach at Battle Ground Academy from 2017-2018. Coach Butler spent 2015-2016 at Trousdale County High School as the Defensive Coordinator. From 2014-2015, he served as the Head Coach at Fort Campbell High School (KY), prior to that, he was the Defensive Backs and Special Teams coordinator for three seasons 2010-2013. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from The University of Tennessee, Martin and a Master’s Degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University. Coach Butler is entering his 15th season coaching, including one season at UT-Martin and two years at Dyersburg High School, Dyersburg, TN where he served as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach. Tony and his wife, Erin, have two children, a son Landon and daughter Hadley.
Nick Johnson was named the Director of Track & Field in August 2019 and will serve as the Head Coach for both the Boys' and Girls' Track & Field teams. Coach Johnson joined the Ensworth community in the summer of 2016 as a Fitness Instructorand anAssistant Footballand Track Coach. He earned a B.A. in Communications from Henderson State University in 2012 and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in December 2015 with an M.S. in Exercise Science.Prior to joiningEnsworth, Johnson served asthe Head Strength and Conditioning Coachand Wide Receivers Coachat Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, CA. He was also the Head JV Coach and Offensive Coordinator.Awide receiver and punt returner for Henderson State University, Johnson was the 2011 GAC leader in punt returns, averaging 14.9 yards. From May 2012-September 2013, he was a wide receiver with the St. Louis Rams where he was the 2013 team leader in preseason touchdowns (2). Nick and his wife,Nataliahave 2boys,NinoandNico.
Phillip Montgomery joined Ensworth in June 2019 as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Assistant Football Coach working with the Offensive Line. In 2018, Coach Montgomery worked with the Defensive Line at Franklin Road Academy. He served as the Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach from 2010-2017 at Nashville Christian School. Montgomery was the Offensive Line Coach at Brentwood Academy from 1999-2009. He coached Tight Ends and Running Backs at Western Kentucky University while earning his bachelor's degree in psychology (1993) and a master's degree in physical education (1996) from WKU. Phillip and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Betty, Jack, and Eli.
Derrick Pritchard returned to Ensworth in June 2017 as theEnsworthAssistant Athletic Director, football Defensive Coordinator, and Head Softball Coach. Coach Pritchard spent 2016-17 as the Assistant Athletic Director, football Defensive Coordinator and Baseball Coachat Battle Ground Academy. Coach Pritchard was first atEnsworth during the 2015-16 acaedemic year as an Assistant Football Coach, working with the linebackers, and an Assistant Baseball Coach. From 2011-14, Coach Pritchardserved as the Assistant Head Football Coachandthe Defensive and Offensive Coordinator at Chester County High School in Henderson, Tennessee.From 2008-10, Derrick served as the Assistant Head Football Coach, as well as the Offensive and Defensive Coordinator, at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tennessee. He was also the Pitchers and Catchers Coach for Trinity's baseball team. In 2006-07Derrickserved as the defensive backs and quarterbacks coach and assistant Baseball Coach at Union City High School. Derrick was a scholarship player atLambuthUniversity where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education. Derrick and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Brinley Kate and Blakely Kay.
Zach Schneider joined the Ensworth community in June 2019 as the Offensive Coordinator. In addition to his duties on the football staff, Zach teaches History and Seminar at Ensworth, and is part of the Athletics Administrative Team. Schneider was the Offensive Coordinator at BGA (2016-2019) during which time they compiled an overall record of 30 wins and 9 losses, including reaching the Division II-AA Championship game in 2018. While at BGA, their offense averaged over 34 points and 360 yards per game. Prior to BGA, Coach Schneider was at Washington High School (MO) for ten seasons where he served as the head varsity football coach. During his time at Washington, he led the school to three playoff appearances, including its first in 10 years. Schneider, whose offenses are known for their explosive ability, has coached numerous All State players at every position. Prior to his experience as a head coach, he served for nine years as offensive coordinator and assistant coach at Washington High School and Logan-Rogersville High School. Schneider played quarterback at Northwest Missouri State University and Central Methodist University, where he also coached.
Zach and his wife Mandy have two daughters, Caroline and Claire, who currently attend Ensworth Lower School. This is his 18th year in education. Zach and his family reside in Franklin, TN.
Walter Schultz joined Ensworth in 2006 as a math teacher and assistant football and baseball coach. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. He also holds a master's degree in Education from Cumberland University.
Coach Schultz has almost 50 years of playing and coaching experience at both collegiate and professional levels. His coaching experience at Ensworth has included that of pitchers and first basemen. He currently coaches outfielders. He was also recently inducted into the St. Edward's Athletics Hall of Fame in Vero Beach, Florida and still holds several Florida state records in baseball and basketball.
Walter and his wife, Nancy, have two sons who graduated from Ensworth. Chandler (’17) is currently a pitcher at Belmont University and Garrett (’19) plays outfield at Xavier University.
Abner “A.B.” Smith joined Ensworth in July 2019 as a fitness instructor and wide receivers coach.Coach Smith has over ten years of teaching and coaching experience, most recently at Independence High School. He also previously served as the co-offensive coordinator at Ravenwood High School. Coach Smith is excited to reunite with Roc Batten after having coached with him at Battle Ground Academy for two seasons. Coach Smith is a native of Franklin, TN and attended Page High School. As a high school athlete, Abner earned a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Martin and was a member of the 2006 OVC Championship team. While in college, Abner realized he had a passion for impacting youth through the avenue of football and continues to pursue his passion through coaching.
A longtime fixture on the Ensworth sidelines, ReedTrickett serves as an AssistantVarsityFootball Coach working with the freshman receivers. He is a former board member and parent to Ensworth alumnae Allison and Liza. Reed and his wife Rosie are the proud grandparents of Harvey,EnsworthClass of 2032and Rosie,Ensworth Class of 2035.