Masters named new football coach

St. John Vianney High School has hired Chad Masters as its next head football coach. 

Masters comes to Vianney after serving as the head football coach, Director of Activities/Athletics and Dean of Students at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, Mo. He led the football program for the past 8 seasons and previously coached in several strong programs, including Columbia Hickman High School and Jefferson City High School. 

“Chad is a strong, experienced teacher who will be an asset to the Vianney community,” Principal Ian Mulligan said. “He stands out as an extremely well-rounded educator, beginning with his experience of teaching multiple subjects, including Theology and History. He knows how to motivate and inspire students to perform at their best with faith at the core.”

Among his teaching and coaching background, Masters is also recognized as a Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as a trainer for the University of Notre Dame’s Play Like a Champion Character Education program. 

“Being able to serve as a teacher and head football coach at St. John Vianney High School is a great honor and opportunity to work in a faith-filled, mission-driven environment,” Masters said. “I am able to mentor, lead and coach young men using the game of football to teach the lessons necessary for them to become men of character and accomplishment. I look forward to leading the Vianney football program with the same high standards of excellence and tradition that have come before.”

Masters earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. 

“I believe our new coach is right for this position because of his experience coaching young men at the high school level,” Vianney athletics director Terry Cochran said. “He is a student-centered, mission-driven person that will help develop our student-athletes to become good teammates working together for a common goal. He will work hard to create a sustainable program that will make our Vianney community proud.”