Hershel M. Machen Jr. of Winnfield graduated from Northwestern in 1959 with a degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Math. He earned a master’s degree in Education from Northeastern Louisiana University in 1966 and completed +30 at NSU in 1974. He began his career as a math and P.E. teacher and coach at three schools before moving to Winnfield in 1966, where he was a football coach and P.E. and math teacher at Winnfield Jr. High and Winnfield High School. He served as Principal at Winnfield Senior High from 1975-1992.

With a large portion of his career centered on coaching, Machen remembers the 1982 Class AA football playoffs with great fondness when, under adverse circumstances, Winnfield Senior High won the state championship. He acknowledged the victory as the proudest he has ever been of a group of athletes, spirit groups, band, student body and fans in his career.