Mark Collins - Head Coach
Coach Collins is in his third season as Head Baseball Coach for Wheeler High School and he has led the Wildcats to the State Playoffs in his first two years. He is a graduate of Morristown West High School in Morristown, Tennessee, where he played baseball for Hall of Fame Coach Brumley Greene. Coach Collins played one year at Walters State Community College and finished his career playing at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA where he was a career .320 hitter and voted Team Captain his senior year. After college, Coach Collins worked for the Atlanta Police Department where he received the Blue Star Medal (injured in the line of duty) from Mayor Bill Campbell and two commendations for drug enforcement from Garfield Hammonds, head of the DEA. Coach Collins spent 14 years as Head Baseball Coach at South Cobb High School as well as serving as Head Fastpitch Softball Coach for 6 years. He was named Metro Coach of the Year by the Marietta Umpires Association in 2011 and Softball Coach of the Year by the MDJ for 2016.
Coach Collins is married to Janice Collins (26 years) and has two kids. His son David is the pitching coach at Martin Methodist College in Tennessee. His daughter Becky is on softball and academic scholarship at Emmanuel College in Georgia.
Hector Villalobos - Assistant Coach
Coach Villalobos is in his third season as an Assistant Coach with Wheeler High School. He is a graduate of Grady High School where he was All State in 4 Sports - Baseball, Track, Football and Soccer. Coach Villalobos attended Chattanooga State on a football scholarship. He has been coaching high school baseball for the past 14 years.
Parker Madden - Assistant Coach
Coach Madden played varsity baseball and football at Kell HS for 3 years lettering all 3 years. During that time, he was awarded Region Player of the year and was named one of the Atlanta Braves 400 Club award winners. He then attended Snead State Community College where e started over 100 games in Center Field over two years and received the Golden Glove award both years. After Snead State, he went to the University of West Alabama where he played 2B, 3B and and RF. Coach Madden graduated from West Alabama with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. He currently works at Sope Creek Elementary School in the Autism Unit and 643 DP Athletics as a professional instructor.
JUNIOR VARSITY COACHES
Keith Fitzgerald - Assistant Coach
Keith Fitzgerald is the Physical Education Specialist at Sedalia Park Elementary School. He has been with the Cobb County School System for 16 years and is the Head Coach for Wheeler’s softball program. A father of two, Keith has been coaching youth sports for 18 years. This is his fifth season as part of the Wheeler Baseball program. Coach Fitzgerald received his undergraduate from the University of Dayton, (OH) and his Master’s from the University of Scranton, (PA) He and his wife Liz, have been married 25 years and have been active volunteers in various extra-curricular programs at Wheeler High School.
Tyler Jones - Assistant Coach
Tyler Jones is a 2007 graduate of Social Circle High School in Social Circle, GA, where he was a 3-sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Tyler played baseball for the club team at UGA, where he served as the Head Coach for a season. He is in his sixth year of teaching and fifth at Wheeler High School, serving as JV Head Coach. He is also the quarterbacks coach on the varsity football staff, as well as 9th grade offensive coordinator. He is married to his beautiful wife, Whitney, since June 2014. He enjoys playing flag football, basketball, and golf, and attends Passion City Church.