Coaching Staff

The 2021 Season

Jeff Ellison
Head Coach
Played college football at McMurry University. Began his coaching career in 2002 as a student assistant for the War Hawks. Ellison spent time at Lubbock Estacado, Breckenridge, and Pilot Point. He also served as offensive line coach at GP North Shore.
Ellison joined the Mojo football coaching staff in 2013.

Barrett Matthews
Offensive Coordinator/Receivers

Vance Washington
Defensive Coordinator

Chris Frisby
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Derron Gatewood
Offensive Line

James Hanlan
Inside Linebackers

Kirk Thurman
Running Backs

Brian Ingraham
Defensive Line

Mason Munguia
Outside Linebackers

Raul Sanchez
Cornerbacks

Past Permian Football Coaches

1959-61 TED DAWSON (21-10-0)
Bi-District Finalist
1962-64 JIM CASHION (15-15-0)
No Playoffs
1965-70 GENE MAYFIELD (62-10-2)
State Champions
State Finalist 2x
1971-72 GIL BARTOSH (23-1-0)
State Champions
National Champions
1973-85 JOHN WILKINS (148-16-6)
State Champions 2x
State Finalist 4x
1986-89 GARY GAINES (47-6-1)
State Champions
National Champions
1990-93 TAM HOLLINGSHEAD (43-4-2)
State Champions
1994-99 RANDY MAYES (45-25-1)
State Finalist
2000-02 T.J. MILLS (15-15)
No Playoffs
2003-04 SCOTT SMITH (10-10)
No Playoffs
2005-08 DARREN ALLMAN (38-11)
Region Finalists 3x
2009-12 GARY GAINES (23-21)
Region Finalists
2013-17 BLAKE FELDT (38-18)
Region Finalists 3x
2018-xx JEFF ELLISON (15-9)
Region Finalists

 

PERMIAN’S STATE CHAMPION COACHES
Gilbert ‘Gil’ Bartosh
Bartosh became head coach at Permian in 1971. He guided the Panthers to a perfect 14-0 season in 1972, winning the Texas 5A state title as well as the mythical high school football national championship. He then left Permian for an assistant job at Texas A&M. In 1974, he took over as head coach of UTEP. Bartosh was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

 

Gaines Gary Gaines
Head coach at Permian in 1988 and the 1989 state champion season. Coach Gaines accepted an assistant coaching position at Texas Tech the following year. He returned to the area high school ranks as head coach at Abilene High (1994-96) and San Angelo Central (1996-99). He was head coach at Abilene Christian (2000-04). He served as A.D. for the ECISD until 2007. Gaines returned in 2009 as Mojo’s Head Coach until 2012.

 

Hollingshead

 

Tam Hollingshead
From 1981-83 was an assistant coach at PHS. After two years as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech, Hollingshead returned to Permian as defensive coordinator (1986-89).  As the head coach (1990-93), he led the Panthers to an impressive 43–4–2 record in four seasons.  He departed in 1994 and spent eight years at Texas A&M.  He took over as head coach in Temple, TX in 2003-04 and Rockwall Heath in 2005-08.  He was a defensive assistant at SMU until taking the Director of External Operations position in 2015.

 

Gene Mayfield

 

Gene Mayfield
Coach Mayfield is accredited for bringing the ‘Mojo’ to Permian, winning a state title his first season. The Panthers claimed the 1965 title by beating San Antonio Lee, 11-6. He led Permian to the state finals two more times in his five years, compiling a 62-10-2 record. Mayfield would depart Permian to take a head coaching position at West Texas State from 1971-76.

 

Wilkins John Wilkins
Panther mentor from 1973-85, Wilkins mounted a record of 146-16-6 as head coach. Under his leadership, Mojo won two state titles and made four state championship appearances. He then served as Athletic Director for Ector County ISD. He was athletic director and head football coach of the Midland Trinity Chargers, and retired Spring 2002. He was inducted into the THSCA Hall of Honor July 2003.

History Of MojoLand

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

The MojoLand® website came into existence in 1996, as a response to Buzz Bissinger’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ book. I felt there were several bent truths and sensationalized information in the book. Being a graduate of Permian, I found portions of the book to be exaggerated. Hence the creation of MojoLand®.

The site began as a personal web page. It consisted of a news page, roster, schedule, coaching staff, and playoff history of the football team. In 1998, the Ector County Independent School District was in its Phase Two of becoming internet friendly and having a site originating from its campuses. Along the way, more and more features to the MojoLand® site would evolve.

The ECISD finally got on track and launched their own site, which included the district’s full athletic department. In 2000, MojoLand® would yield to the school district site and re-focus on the football athletes and their achievements during and after dawning the Panthers uniform.

The production of ‘Friday Night Lights – the Movie’ began in March of 2004 and I had an inside track. MojoLand® was the only website on the internet with daily updates and photos, as I was directly involved cast as a Permian assistant coach. The inside scoop afforded MojoLand® to top One Million internet visitors a month for most of 2004-05.

In 2006, the website featured the first internet-based virtual museum in the nation that was dedicated to a high school football program and its history.

MojoLand® enters its 25th season in a wild and wacky 2020.  Through the many highs and lows, I have enjoyed corresponding with several of you over the years. Thank you all for the ride.

Make sure to look for ‘Inside MojoLand’ in Spring of 2021.