About The Viking Coaches

Coach Jarrett Howell
Head Coach


Jarrett Howell is entering his 3nd season as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Lamar High School.  Coach Howell comes from Arlington Bowie High School where he served at the Varsity Assistant and JV Head Coach from 2014-2016.  During his tenure at Bowie, he helped them to a combined 46-21 record and two state playoff appearances, including reaching the Regional Quarterfinals in 2015 and Bi-District Champions in 2016.  Coach Howell helped develop 7 players named to All-District and All-Region Teams (Dante Hales-Williams, Kyler Edwards, Nathan Buana, Donoven Davenport, TJ Williams, Rich Robinson, and Faisal Elmi).  Coach Howell has helped develop or place dozens of top DFW players to the collegiate and pro level, such as Kevin Hervey (UTA), Dante Hales-Williams (Kansas State), Javier Carter (South Alabama/NBA), Emmanuel Mudiay (NBA), Jelon Hornbeak (OU/Monmouth), Jeremy Senglin (Weber State), and Brandon Hall (Emporia State).

Coach Howell is a 2002 Arlington Bowie graduate where he is the school’s all-time leading scorer and played for current Bowie coach, Allen Gratts. He was a 4-year starter and 3-year all-district/area performer.  Howell played college basketball at Niagara University (2002) and UT-Arlington (2002-2006).  At UT-Arlington, Howell helped win the program’s 1st conference championship in school history in 2004 and received All-Conference honors in 2006.  Howell graduated with his degree in Business Management from UTA in 2007.

Coach Howell played 7 years of professional basketball in Europe and the Dallas Mavericks organization from 2006-2013.  Howell won 4 championships, 6 silver medals, and a bronze medal with a 76% career winning percentage.  His experience allowed him to play against current and former NBA players, as well as, top international players from all over Europe.

Coach Howell is married to his wife, Vanessa. The couple has one son, Christian.

Chad King
Varsity Assistant/JV Head Basketball


Chad King is entering his 1st season as the Varsity Assistant/JV Head Basketball. Prior to coming to Lamar High School, Coach King spent his time in Shenzhen, China coaching football and basketball for Skyway Academy. While lettering in football and baseball Chad also spent his high school career playing basketball at Dallas Kimball under Royce “Snoop” Johnson and then moving to Dallas Carter to play under Patrick Gaines and James Clardy where he graduated. The proud Carter High School Alum also spent his high school summers traveling the country playing AAU Basketball (Texas Warriors) under John Briscoe while playing with and against some of the best NBA players in the world such as Chris Bosh and other well-known athletes.

Coach King teaches Health Science and is very excited to be with the Lamar Vikings. Chad also hopes to assist Coach Howell in redefining the meaning of success through academics and basketball at Lamar High School.

Chad King graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors in General Studies and is currently pursuing his Masters at TCU.

Chad has been married to his wife Racquel for 2 years.

Paul Shaffer
Freshman Head Coach/JV Assistant Coach


Coach Paul Shaffer begins his 23rd year in the district and his 11th year here at Lamar High School. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1984, and lettered in basketball. He also graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Exercise Science.  Paul began his career in Arlington in 1992 at Shackelford Junior High, then moved to Nichols Junior High School in 1996. He served as the head basketball coach from 1998 to 2006 and the Athletic Coordinator at Nichols Jr. High from 2003-2006. Paul is the Freshman Head Coach and JV Assistant he also coaches the boys cross country teams here at Lamar.

He loves traveling, fishing, and golfing when he’s not in the gym or on the field. Paul  married his lovely bride, Melissa, in June of 2009.

V’Keyon Lacey
Freshman Assistant Coach


Coach Lacey grew up in Arlington , attended Arlington High , lettered in Basketball and football and played football at Angelo State University. After his college career he pursued professional football and went on to play in the Arena Football League.

Bryant Grice
Athletic Trainer

Coach Grice is in his 11th year working with high school student-athletes and his 6th year at Lamar High School, responsible for the health and safety of all Viking sports and athletes. He is blessed with the best coaching staff, co-workers and kids in Arlington ISD. Coach Grice is an accomplished Athletic Trainer, working with some of the finest programs, organizations, & athletes in the United States. He has spent time with The University of Alabama, Arizona State University, the Tennessee Titans, Austin High School, and several volunteer opportunities with Olympic athletes and events.

Rachel Cocek
Athletic Trainer

Rachel has 5 years of experience as an Athletic Trainer working with high school student athletes. She has been at Lamar for 3 years and enjoys the opportunity to work with a wonderful staff, she is engaged to Andrew and they have two dogs Layla and Brix. Rachel graduated from Saint Louis University.