Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. History with Teacher Licensure NFHS Coaching Certification
Coach Payne is an Alma graduate of 2010. He graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. His coaching experience began in 2013 as a volunteer Senior High Football coach for the Airedales. He served as Senior High Defensive Tackle Coach for Alma High School in 2016 before serving as Junior High Defensive Coordinator and Senior High Assistant in Mansfield. Coach Payne is the head 8th grade Football coach as well as the head 7th/8th grade track coach. He and his wife, Emilie, have two daughters, Ellie and Olivia.