Coach FominayaPete Fominaya
Head Football Coach

Coach Fominaya is a native of Naples, Florida, and is a graduate of Gulf Coast High School. While at GCHS, he played football and wrestled. Coach Fominaya played football at Elmhurst College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education, and currently teaches Physical Education at Hiram High School.

Coach Fominaya’s coaching career began in 2004 as the Defensive Line coach for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, FL. He coached the Defensive Line at Naples High School from 2005 to 2008 and was the Head Football Coach at Lehigh Sr. High School from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, Coach Fominaya returned to his alma mater, Gulf Coast High School, where he was the Head Football coach until 2017. This is Coach Fominaya’s first year as the Hiram Hornets Head Football Coach.

Coach Fominaya and his wife Patty have three daughters, Grace (6), Lily (3) and Emma (1).

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Coach Fominaya’s awards and recognitions include:

Former Players

Coached Two US Army All American’s (2008, 2018)
Coached two current NFL players
Coached thirty-one FHSAA All State Football Players
Twenty-Eight Former Players Signed Division One

Coach of the Year

2017 FACA Class 7A-District 14 Coach of the Year
2015 Miami Dolphins Southwest Florida Coach of the Year
2009 Fort Myers News-Press Southwest Florida Coach of the Year

Past Seasons

State Championship: 2007
District Champions: 2006,2007,2008,2016
Playoff Appearances: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

Clinic Speaker:

2017 Glazier Clinic Speaker (Orlando, Fl)
2016 Florida Athletic Coaches Association Clinic (Daytona Beach, Fl)
2008 Nike Coach of the Year Clinic Speaker (Orlando, Fl)
2008 Wake Forest University Coaches Clinic Speaker (Winston Salem, NC)


Clay McKnight
Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach

Coach McKnight is a native of High Point, NC and a 2004 graduate of T.W. Andrews High School, where he played Football, Basketball, Baseball and Golf. He attended Appalachian State University, where he played football as a wide receiver, before graduating in 2008. Coach McKnight has a Bachelors and Master’s degree in History, Secondary Education.

Coach McKnight will teach Social Studies at Hiram High School in the Fall of 2018.

Coach McKnight has over nine years of coaching experience and has coached in Florida and North Carolina. His experience includes work with Wide Receivers, Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Tight Ends, and Defensive Backs, and he has been an Offensive Coordinator for 6 years.

Coach McKnight and his wife Christina have a 4-year-old son named Crue.





Coach HalbrooksStan Halbrooks
Defensive Line Coach

Coach Halbrooks is a native of Dallas, Ga, and a 1997 graduate of East Paulding High School. While at EPHS, Coach Halbrooks earned a Varsity letter in football, wrestling and track, and was team captain his senior year.

Coach Halbrooks earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Social Science from Kennesaw State University in 2002 and earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Coaching from Georgia Southern University in 2009. He currently teaches Psychology, Sociology and World History at Hiram High School.

Coach Halbrooks has over 19 years of coaching experience and has held coaching positions for the Acworth Youth Football Program, Dobbins Middle School and Hiram High School. His family includes parents Stanley and Gale Halbrooks, his brother Nathan Halbrooks and dogs Baron and Zoe.

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Coach MountBen Mount
Special Teams / Half Backs Coach

Coach Mount is a native of Lindale, Georgia and a 1993 graduate of Pepperell High School, where he participated in football, baseball, wrestling, and track & field events. Coach Mount previously attended Jacksonville State University, where he played football, and is currently attending Western Governor’s University completing a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.

Coach Mount is currently a para-pro at Hiram High School and has over twenty years of coaching experience. He previously coached Football, Wrestling, and Track at Woodland High School from 1997 to 2010. He also coached Football, Wrestling and Track at Model High School from 2010 to 2012. Coach Mount has coached Wrestling and Track & Field at Hiram High School since 2013.







Jenah Tracy
Head Athletic Trainer

Jenah Tracy is a native of Naples, FL and a 2012 graduate of Naples High School, where she participated in Lacrosse. Ms. Tracy attended Lees-McRae College and Jacksonville State University, where she played Lacrosse and earned her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and a Master’s Degree in Education in Human Performance. Miss Tracy was formerly an assistant athletic trainer for Jacksonville State University football and cheerleading from 2016 to 2018.









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