Rochelle Maubach, a special education teacher at Waynesville High School, will become the head softball coach at WHS and Joe Haynes, the associate head football coach at Cross County High School in Cherry Valley, Ark., will become the head football coach at WHS starting this fall.
“I am extremely excited to get started,” Haynes said. “My family and I are looking forward to moving there. It’s a 5A school with strong community ties, outstanding facilities and excellent academics.”
Haynes will speak more about his philosophies when he has a meet and greet with the public next week, but he said, “I will focus on ‘We will declare to be great.’” The time and date for the public event will be announced later this week.
Perhaps the greatest endorsement of the school came from a random encounter with a former football player at a gas station on the day of his interview.
“I had researched the high school and the school district, but what impressed me most was when I talked with a local patron, who also happened to be a former football player, and he said, ‘You won’t find a better district education-wise.’”
Prior to his current position, Haynes served as assistant football coach at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. Haynes began his collegiate coaching career in the summer of 2016 and served as the defensive line coach at Lyon. Haynes has spent 12 years coaching in the high school ranks throughout Northeast Arkansas. He worked at Brinkley, Batesville, Southside Batesville and Newport School Districts. He served as defensive coordinator (Southside, Brinkley), special teams coordinator (Batesville, Southside), and assistant offensive coordinator (Newport). He has also coached linebackers, offensive line, wide receivers and defensive backs.
A 2002 graduate of Newport High School in Arkansas, Haynes was a two-sport athlete, participating in football and track. He was also a four-year participant in the JROTC program during high school. He went on to college at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., earning his bachelor’s degree in teaching in 2007 and his master’s degree in sports administration from Arkansas State University in 2016.
Haynes and his wife Margaret have two children, Jalen (daughter-in-law Faith; grandson, Cristian- 4 years, granddaughter Kynsley- 21 months) and Mikala.
“I am extremely excited to have Coach Haynes on board here as a Waynesville Tiger,” said Cory Ace, who will become the district’s athletic director on July 1. “His forward-thinking, team-oriented mindset and positive persona will be a boost of energy to our program that our student-athletes will benefit from.  The integrity and strong character traits of Coach Haynes will undoubtedly help positively shape our athletic program culture and create student-athletes who earn their stripes.”
Maubach served as the head 7th grade basketball coach during this season. Mostly known for her talent on the softball field, Maubach also played high school basketball in the off season. She is a two-time National Softball Champion, 1999 – AAU and 2002 NSA Women’s National Champion and holds many other softball titles.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to share my passion and love for softball as Waynesville’s head softball coach,” Maubach said. “I look forward to developing skills and helping to establish a consistent program on the field all while turning young ladies into strong women off the field.”
“It is a pleasure to have Coach Maubach take on a bigger leadership role here within the athletic program,” Ace said. “Coach Maubach's focused and driven attitude will make an immediate impact on the athletic program.  It is evident that her desire is to take our student-athletes to the next level and improve on the solid foundation that already exists.”
Maubach received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2005 and a master’s in special education in 2014 from Drury University.