RYAN BUCHANAN – Defensive Backs
Coach Ryan Buchanan has been a Northview Football Coach for three years. He returns for the 2017 season as a Defensive Backs coach.
Coach Buchanan is originally from Maywood, IL, where he was raised in a family of football players including his brothers Ray, Richard, and Bobby. Ryan played football at Division II Fort Hays State University, and then played Arena Football in the IFL for both the Madison Mad Dawgs and the Peoria Pirates. He began coaching in 2005 in Illinois at Proviso East High School, then Peachtree Ridge High School here in Georgia, and finally here at Northview High School.
Coach Buchanan is a Personal Trainer at Atlanta Accelerated and lives here with his wife Syndy and his children Isaiah and Synia. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and bowling.
MARK CLEMENTS – Wide Receivers
Coach Mark Clements joins the to Northview coaching staff in 2017 for his first year, where he will be coaching Wide Receivers, as well as serving as JV Heach Coach.
Coach Clements is a native of Maine, where he graduated from Saint Josephs College of Maine with a BS in Physical Education. He coached wide receivers and quarterbacks and served as Offensive Coordinator at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and as Wide Receivers Coach at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He spent the last two seasons at UCLA, where he worked with Wide Receivers and Special Teams, and earned a Masters of Arts in Social Science and Comparative Education.
Mark lives in Johns Creek with his wife Stacy who is a fourth grade teacher at Wilson Creek Elementary School.
DERRICK HARRIS – Running Backs
Derrick Harris enters his first season with the Titans as an Offensive Assistant. He is coaching primarily Running Backs.
Coach Harris was a nationally heralded, Blue-Chip quarterback prospect at Dublin High School in Dublin, GA. He was inducted into its 2014 Dublin Touchdown Club's Hall of Fame, he was a two-time GHSA (AAA) All-State QB and named MVP for his alma mater. He then chose to attend the University of Georgia under the leadership of legendary coach Vincent J. Dooley, where he lettered and was awarded Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year honors for the Bulldogs. After two years at Georgia, Harris transferred to Western Carolina University to finish his collegiate playing career. He garnered two Southern Conference Player of the Week honors, received Dean's List recognition, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with a concentration in College Athletic Administration from Western Carolina University in North Carolina.
Before arriving at Northview, Harris coached as a community lay coach at Lithia Springs High School in Douglas County, GA where he served as QB coach and assisted in offensive coordination. He coached Peachtree Ridge's 8th grade’s quarterback and wide-out positions as well as serving as the Assistant Offensive Coordinator. In addition to his current duties, under CoachUp, a national, online private coach referral database that matches coaches with athletes in various sports, Harris has established himself as the #1 ranked QB/WR coach in the state of Georgia after only two years. Harris has also trained quarterbacks and receivers throughout the states of Georgia as well as South Carolina through various football camps for over twenty plus years.
AJ PEARSON – Safeties
AJ returns to his alma mater Northview this year as a coach for the first time. He is coaching safeties.
AJ Pearson is the son of Alvin and Tajuana Pearson and the older brother of Northview senior Carson Pearson. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised here in Johns Creek. AJ is a 2012 cum laude graduate of Northview, where he was one of the captains of the Northview football team his senior year, and a three-year letterman in both football and track. He then attended the University of Michigan and continued to play football. He was a three-year letterman at Michigan under coaches Brady Hoke and Jim Harbaugh. He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Kinesiology majoring in Movement Science. He plans on completing his Master's in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and eventually attending medical school.
DANNY YOUNG - Linebackers
Coach Danny Young is another new member of the coaching staff, starting his first year as the linebacker coach at Northview High School.
Coach Young played high school football at Collins Hill High School, where he was a team captain, and then at Presbyterian College. He has been coaching football for eight years, and has coached at West Hall, Mountain View, Brookwood, and Grayson. He has coached multiple All-State and All-Region players on both sides of the ball and was a member of the 2010 6-A State Champion Brookwood Broncos coaching staff.
Coach Young has been married to his wife Whitney for 7 years, and is a proud dad to his daughter Annabelle.
STEPHEN O’HARA – Offensive Line
Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Coach O'Hara will be a part of the Northview Staff for his second year, coaching the offensive line this year.
Stephen played high school football at Bellport High School where he lettered in football, lacrosse, and wrestling. While in high school, Coach O'Hara was an All-Division offensive guard, as well as an All-Conference lacrosse player. After high school, Coach O'Hara played lacrosse for Lenoir Rhyne University where was a four time All Conference player. Upon graduating with a Health and Physical Education degree, he returned home and coached for Bellport High School for a year before moving to Georgia and joining the Northview coaching staff. Coach O'Hara is a Special Education teacher and the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Northview.