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Football at CCS

Chattanooga Christian School’s varsity football program celebrated its 10th year with the 2018-2019 season. Our young football team has made it to the Playoffs 3 of the past 4 seasons. 

CCS offers 9 quality High School coaches, 4 of whom were successful previous head coaches.

Levels offered include:
  • High School (varsity & junior varsity)
  • Middle School (varsity & junior varsity)

Mark Mariakis
Head Coach

Mariakis is entering his 4th year as the Chargers Head Football Coach and is a veteran coach with 35 years of experience coaching high school football—20 of them as a Head Coach.

Graduating in 1984 from UTC with a BS in Health and Physical Ed., he went on to get an MS in Physical Ed./Movement Learning from Florida State University in 1985, and in 1996, he received his Educational Specialist Degree from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He also received his Leadership and Administration Degree in 2006 from JSU. In 2012, while coaching Ridgeland High School to the State Finals, Coach Mariakis was awarded Coach of the Year by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Associated Press. He has also received 11 other Coach of the Year honors and has won over 100 games both as a Head Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach.

In his coaching career, Coach Mariakis has coached over 50 players who have received college football scholarships, including 8 players to Power 5 Conference schools. Two of his former football players went on to star in the NFL, and 3 of his former baseball players played MLB.

Coach Mariakis and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 34 years and have two daughters, Christa and Kelly, and also a granddaughter named Hattie. Coach Mariakis works in the Advancement and Admissions Offices at CCS. Mark is also the Associate Pastor at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Signal Mountain, TN.


List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Mark Mariakis

    Mark Mariakis 

    Head Coach
  • Photo of Jeff Daffron

    Jeff Daffron 

    Defensive Coordinator
  • Photo of Eric Edwards

    Eric Edwards 

    Offensive Coordinator
  • Photo of Kyle Durand

    Kyle Durand 

    High School Assistant
  • Photo of Malik Brewer

    Malik Brewer 

    High School Assistant
  • Photo of Tony Garrison

    Tony Garrison 

    HS Asst Football Coach and HS Head Mens Tennis Coach
  • Photo of Darrell Bridges

    Darrell Bridges 

    HS Football Asst Coach & MS Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach
  • Photo of Darryl Eubanks

    Darryl Eubanks 

    High School Asst and Asst Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Photo of Eddie Mansell

    Eddie Mansell 

    Middle School Head Coach
  • Photo of Josh Craft

    Coach Josh Craft 

    Head HS Wrestling Coach and MS Asst Football Coach
  • Photo of Cortez Stokes

    Cortez Stokes 

    MS JV Head Boys Basketball Coach, MS Asst Football Coach, MS Track Coach
  • Photo of Kevin Flavin

    Kevin Flavin 

    MS Asst Football Coach & MS Asst Wrestling Coach

Middle School Football

CCS Middle School athletic programs offer both varsity and junior varsity levels for most athletic programs. Teams are determined by tryouts that evaluate our young players on physical ability, fundamental skills, game understanding and comprehension, attitude, effort, and much more. Our JV teams are designed to develop young athletes with a commitment to growing fundamentals and skill sets, game understanding, and work ethic. The Varsity teams are designed to prepare athletes for the High School level with an advanced approach to developing fundamentals and game understanding.