Head Coach
Carl Torbush

Carl Torbush was named head coach of the East Tennessee State University football program on June 21, 2013, and tasked with resurrecting a program that will kick off a new era of play in the fall of 2015.

Torbush, whose career includes head coaching stops at North Carolina and Louisiana Tech, has built a strong reputation as an outstanding defensive strategist after having served as a defensive coordinator at six FBS programs, including Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Kansas, Texas A&M and UNC.

The most notable coaching stop on Torbush's resume was at North Carolina, where he served as defensive coordinator from 1988-97 before being promoted to head coach for three seasons (1998-2000).

While at North Carolina, Torbush's defenses led the ACC in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and he was named National Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 1996. As head coach of the Tar Heels, Torbush guided UNC to a pair of bowl wins, capturing the 1997 Gator Bowl and the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl. In total, Torbush has been a part of 11 teams that have made bowl appearances.

A 1974 graduate of Carson-Newman College, Torbush spent the 2012 season as linebackers coach at Liberty University under the direction of head coach Turner Gill. In 2010, Torbush also worked under Gill as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kansas.

Prior to joining Gill at Kansas, Torbush spent six out of the previous nine seasons as a FBS defensive coordinator at Mississippi State (2009), Texas A&M (2003-05) and Alabama (2001-02). During each stop, Torbush had direct oversight of each program's linebacking corps.

During his time at Alabama, Torbush helped guide the Crimson Tide to a No. 3 final national ranking in total defense during 2002 and he was named SEC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002.

Sandwiched between his three FBS defensive coordinator stops, Torbush returned to his alma mater and served as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Carson-Newman for three seasons (2006-08). During that three-year span, Carson-Newman posted a 25-8 record, spotlighted by a 10-1 record in 2007.

Prior to his days at North Carolina, Torbush served one season as head coach at Louisiana Tech (1987).

Torbush got his coaching start at Carter High School in Knoxville, in 1974 before joining Baylor's staff as a graduate assistant in 1975.

Torbush received his first full-time coaching position in 1976 at Southeastern Louisiana, where he spent four years as a linebackers and defensive ends coach (1976-79). He also served as the head baseball coach at the school from 1976 to 1979. While at Southeastern Louisiana, his team’s won a Gulf South Conference Championship and he was named the league’s coach of the year in 1978.

Following a three-year stint at Louisiana Tech (1980-82), Torbush was named the defensive coordinator at Mississippi for four seasons (1983-86). During his final year, the Rebels led the SEC in total defense.

During his playing days at Carson-Newman, Torbush was a letterwinner in both football and baseball, earning NAIA All-American first team honors in both sports. The success of his collegiate playing days has earned him a spot in both the Carson-Newman and Knoxville Sports Halls of Fame.

Prior to starting his football coaching career, Torbush played one year of minor league baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization (1975).

Torbush, a native of East Spencer, N.C., earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Carson-Newman in 1974. He would go on to earn a master's degree from Baylor in physical education in 1976. He and his wife, Janet, have one son, Trey.

Defensive Coordinator & Inside Linebackers Coach
Billy Taylor

ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced on July 29 that former ETSU player and assistant coach Billy Taylor will be coming home to Johnson City to help launch the university’s reinstated football program.

Taylor will return to the role of defensive coordinator at ETSU – the same position he held for the Buccaneers during the 2002 and 2003 seasons – while also coaching the new program’s linebackers. Torbush said Taylor, who has spent the last five seasons as a defensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech, is a perfect fit for the upstart Buccaneers.

“I am tremendously excited to have Billy Taylor become our first assistant coach hire here at ETSU,” Torbush said. “It’s really amazing that he was here when the program was dropped, and now he will be here when the program is brought back. No one bleeds blue and gold more than Billy. He grew up in Morristown, played and coached at ETSU, and recruited the state of Tennessee, all of which make him a great asset and a perfect fit for our program.

“I received nothing but glowing recommendations from every head coach he has been with over the years. And Billy’s morals, values, personality and coaching experience are a perfect for what I believe a football coach at ETSU should stand for. No one will represent ETSU any better and Billy will help us get to where we want to be with this program – which is competing for Southern Conference championships.”

Taylor said returning to ETSU is surreal.

“I am so thankful that Coach Torbush has asked me to be on his staff and so very excited about coming back home to East Tennessee State University,” said Taylor, who played for the Bucs from 1983 to 1987 before serving in a coaching capacity from 1997 to 2003. “ETSU football is part of my DNA and it means so much to be here during the start of our new program. To once again be an active member of the ETSU football team is an answer to prayer and is a dream come true.”

“I just can't wait to get started. It’s going to be such a great feeling walking into high schools wearing blue and gold colors with ETSU embroidered on my shirts. It’s been a long time since I have had that privilege and it is something that I take great pride in.”

Taylor also said he looks forward to bringing the ETSU family together – especially getting football alumni back in the fold.

"I want to reconnect with the ETSU community and with our football alumni,” Taylor said. “I hope I can be a small part of getting more of us old Bucs involved with the program on both a personal and financial level. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work building this team and getting ready for 2015. It will be here before we know it.”

During his five seasons at Tech, Taylor and his coaching staff installed the 3-4 system and had a huge impact on the team’s championship fortunes in 2011. On the way to the OVC title, Taylor’s Golden Eagle defense ranked first in the league in total defense and rushing defense, and second in scoring defense. Last year’s team also ranked second in pass efficiency defense, third in interceptions and fourth in pass defense.

While at Tech, he also served as associate head coach, while directing the team’s inside linebackers. He joined the staff in Cookeville back on Jan. 29, 2008. Three years ago, the Golden Eagles were first in the Ohio Valley Conference in turnover margin, and two years ago, the Tech defense ranked second in the OVC in interceptions and turnover margin.

Taylor, 48, came to Tech from Chattanooga, where he was the Mocs’ defensive coordinator for three seasons. Taylor joined the UTC staff following the 2004 season, filling the role of defensive coordinator while also coaching the inside linebackers. Prior to his arrival at UTC, Taylor served as Elon’s defensive coordinator and also coached inside linebackers for one year in 2004.

Nearly all of Taylor’s collegiate coaching career prior to Tech was within the Southern Conference – working at both ETSU and Wofford. Taylor worked at ETSU from 1997 to 2003, coaching linebackers. He served five years as the recruiting coordinator and the final two as the defensive coordinator.

Taylor-coached defenses at ETSU and Elon forced an incredible 92 takeaways in three years from 2002 to 2004. His Buccaneer defensive unit led the SoCon in 2002 and 2003, and the Phoenix ranked second in the league in takeaways in 2004 with 25. His 2003 ETSU defense ranked among the top 30 in the nation in eight different defensive categories.

The Morristown, Tenn., native was an assistant coach at Wofford from 1991-96, working as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Southern Mississippi in 1989 and 1990.

Taylor earned a degree in Mass Communications from ETSU in 1988. He was a three-year starter as an outside linebacker for the Bucs and was voted team captain his senior year in 1987.

Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach
Mike O'Cain

ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced on May 15, 2014 that former N.C. State head coach and 36-year veteran of college football Mike O’Cain will become the Buccaneers new offensive coordinator.

O'Cain, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at James Madison this past season, spent the previous eight seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech under Frank Beamer. He was the head coach at N.C. State from 1993-2000.

“We feel very fortunate and honored to have a man with the experience, knowledge and character that Mike O’Cain brings to ETSU football,” Torbush said. “I have known since the day I got this job that Mike was the person I wanted as our offensive coordinator. He and I go back a long way and we have developed a strong personal and professional relationship over the years both coaching together and against one another.

“Mike is one of the most well respected coaches in America, and he will also give us great recruiting contacts in both the Carolinas and Virginia. There is no better hire for our program than Mike O’Cain.”

O’Cain said he was excited to have an opportunity to work with Torbush, his longtime friend and coaching colleague, and that ETSU provides a unique situation with the start of a completely new football program.

“Carl and I worked together at North Carolina and I’ve known him for 30 years or more, so I have tremendous respect for him, and the chance to work with him was something I couldn’t pass up,” O’Cain said. “Secondly, I was extremely interested in the challenge of taking nothing and building it into a team. I’ve been in a lot of places and done a lot of things, but I’ve never had an opportunity like this where you start from scratch. I’m looking forward to doing that here at ETSU.”

A veteran of the Atlantic Coast Conference, O’Cain was the offensive coordinator at both North Carolina and Clemson. He has also coached in 19 Bowl Games during the course of his time with these teams.

O'Cain began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Clemson in 1977. He then coached the offensive backfield at The Citadel between 1978-80 before moving to Murray State where he was an assistant under Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer from 1981-84.

After a one year stint as the assistant head coach at East Carolina, he joined the N.C. State Wolfpack as a quarterbacks coach. O'Cain was the top assistant under Dick Sheridan from 1986-92 and helped lead the 'Pack to six bowl game appearances. In 1993, after Sheridan retired, O'Cain was named head coach and became the second coach ever in N.C. State history to lead his team to a bowl game in his first two seasons.

After notable wins verses No. 1 Florida State and Texas in 1998 and 1999, O'Cain became North Carolina's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for one year. He then moved to Clemson to take the quarterbacks coach role until 2004.

During his time at Virginia Tech, O'Cain turned Logan Thomas into a competitive college quarterback. In his first year working with the new quarterback, Thomas broke the school's single-season record for total offense and became just the second 3,000-yard passer in school history.

He nurtured Tyrod Taylor over the preceding four years, helping him become a versatile dual-threat quarterback who eventually was drafted by the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Prior to Virginia Tech, O'Cain coached at Clemson serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was instrumental in the guidance of another future NFL quarterback, Charlie Whitehurst, who established 33 school records, including passing yardage and completions for a season.

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., O'Cain was a three-year letter winner at Clemson, where he was the most valuable player and a captain of Clemson's 1976 team, working as both the punter and quarterback. He is still ranked in Clemson's history for passing efficiency. He received his bachelor's degree in recreation parks administration from Clemson in 1977.

Safeties Coach
Teddy Gaines

ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced on July 31 that he has added Kingsport native and former University of Tennessee defensive back Teddy Gaines to his assistant coaching staff.

Gaines, who was a star at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, brings a wealth of both coaching and playing experience to the Buccaneers’ coaching staff, along with significant local recruiting ties.

“Teddy Gaines is a great young football coach, who comes to us with strong recommendations from every head coach he’s ever worked under,” Torbush said. “I had the opportunity to recruit Teddy during my time at North Carolina, and it came down to UNC or Tennessee. He chose Tennessee, but we maintained a relationship over all these years, and I’ve watched him grow as a player, as a young man, and as a coach during that time.

“He will do a tremendous job working with our secondary and special teams, and he will be a huge part of our recruiting efforts both inside Tennessee and in the surrounding states. I know he’s excited about this opportunity to be a Buccaneer, and we believe he will be a huge asset to our program.”

Gaines said he’s ready to get to work making ETSU a championship program.

“I am very honored and grateful to be hired as an assistant football coach at ETSU,” said Gaines, who played under head coach Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee, won a national title with the Volunteers in 1998, and went on to a career in the NFL. “I'm very excited about the opportunity to work for Coach Torbush, and I look forward to the challenge of helping ETSU become a very competitive and championship level football program.”

Most recently Gaines served as an assistant coach at Tusculum College, directing the team’s defensive back and passing defense coordinator. Prior to Tusculum, Gaines served as defensive backs coach and special teams’ coordinator at Maryville College. The Scots’ posted a 6-4 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in league play to capture a share of the USA South Athletic Conference championship, the program’s first league title since 1931. Gaines mentored a pair of all-conference standouts in Jacob Berwind and Kane Crowell as Maryville boasted the top secondary in the USA South. The Scots led the league in pass efficiency defense (92.91), total defense (340.3 ypg), scoring defense (21.6 ppg), and pass defense (149.9 ypg).

From 2008-2011 he served as the defensive back coach and special teams coordinator at South Atlantic Conference member Brevard College. His Tornado secondary hauled in 11 interceptions in 2011, pacing the SAC in total picks. On three occasions his defensive backs earned all-conference honors including two-time honoree Michael Gist in 2009 and 2011

In his second year on the Brevard staff, the 2010 Tornados enjoyed a six-win improvement by posting a 7-4 record and capturing the program’s best finish in the league. Prior to Brevard, Gaines was a defensive assistant at Chattanooga in 2008, where he served as the strong side linebacker coach.

He was a standout student-athlete at the University of Tennessee and was a top contributor in the Vols’ secondary. A member of the 1998 National Championship Tennessee squad, Teddy was drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 National Football League Draft. He enjoyed stints with the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. He also gained playing experience with the NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire in Germany and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Gaines was a three-year starter and All-State defensive back at Dobyns-Bennett High School for prep coach Graham Clark. The two-time All-Big East selection was selected to play in the Tennessee-Kentucky all-star game. During his prep career, he recorded five interceptions, while blocking five field goals and five punts. As senior, he led the Indians to an 11-2 record and a semifinal berth in the state playoffs. He also shined at receiver, where he caught 42 passes for 888 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Tennessee in 2004 and began a career in education as he gained experience in Knoxville, Cleveland and Kingsport as an educator and coach.

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Allan Johnson

Former Ohio State football and Baltimore Orioles strength and conditioning coach Allan Johnson joined the Buccaneers’ coaching staff on Aug. 7 as an assistant coach in charge of strength training.

Johnson, who has spent the last three years at Northwestern University as the assistant director of sports performance for football, has more than 25 years of experience at the high school, collegiate and professional levels as a strength and conditioning coach. He spent 13 years with West Virginia and five years at Ohio State, coaching in 17 football and basketball postseason games, including helping the Mountaineers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament and helping the Buckeyes reach three BCS National Championship games – which included winning a national title following the 2002 season.

“We hit a home run with hiring Allan Johnson as an assistant football coach in charge of strength training,” Torbush said. “His resume speaks for itself and he will be a great asset not only to our program, but to the university and the community. He comes to us with the highest of recommendations from some of college football’s most respected names.”

Johnson was the first strength and conditioning coach in the history of the Baltimore Orioles and one of the first five in all of Major League Baseball. A 2003 inductee into the Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame, Johnson was named the 2002 National Strength Coach of the Year and is a six-time recipient of the Big East Conference Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award. In 2010, Johnson was elected into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

“I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to be part of the rebirth of ETSU football,” Johnson said. “The program, culture and championship staff that Coach Torbush is bringing together will be on a level to compete for championships. I want to thank Coach Torbush, Dr. Richard Sander and Lee Morrow for giving me this awesome opportunity to be part of a very special team at ETSU.”

Morrow, who is ETSU’s Director of Football Operations and himself spent 31 years as the program’s strength and conditioning coach, said Johnson is simply one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country.

“I am extremely pleased that Al has made the decision to be part of ETSU football,” Morrow said. “Simply stated, we cannot get anyone better to fill this spot right now. His background, his accomplishments, his personality, and his integrity are of the highest rating. I expect people to ask how we were able to secure his services.”

Throughout his career, Johnson has trained thousands of athletes, including 118 football players who have been drafted in the NFL, 25 men's and women's basketball players drafted in the NBA or WNBA, and 51 baseball players drafted to play professional baseball.

Johnson is a regular speaker at local, regional and national conferences and clinics regarding strength, speed and conditioning topics, as well as motivation, leadership and team-building. Johnson also serves as a consultant for Nike Football Clinics, High Performance Nutrition, Training & Conditioning Magazine (Editorial Board), Maxx Football and Alpha Dog Sports.

Johnson is certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, CSCS, and certified with the National Association of Speed and Explosion, NASE. He also is certified as a Master Strength Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association. Johnson was recognized as one of the first 10 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the World, by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association in 2002.

Director of Football Operations
Andrew Sims

Andrew Sims is entering his fourth year on ETSU’s staff and his second as the Director of Football Operations.

Sims, Fort Wayne, Ind. native, started as ETSU’s Graduate Assistant for Recruiting/Football Operations, before taking over as full-time Director of Football Operations in 2015.

Prior to ETSU, Sims spent three seasons (2010-13) at Indiana where he assisted in the development of the Hoosiers’ recruiting office. At IU, Sims worked one season under Bill Lynch and two seasons under Kevin Wilson. Sims played a role in bringing in the highest ranked recruiting class in program history in 2013, as it featured four 4-star signees, according to In addition, Sims aided in the recruitment of current NFL players Cody Latimer (2nd round), Jordan Spriggs (2nd round), Tevin Coleman (3rd round pick), Nate Sudfeld (6th round), Stephen Houston, Darius Latham, Jake Reed, Bobby Richardson and Shane Wynn.

Sims has also spent time working in the front office for a pair of baseball organizations. Sims worked in Baseball Operations for the Burlington Royals (Single-A Rookie League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals) in 2010, while holding Assistant General Manager responsibilities for the Johnson City Cardinals (Single-A Rookie affiliate of the St. Louis) in 2013.

Sims earned his B.S. in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2012, while he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from ETSU in 2015.

Defensive Line Coach
Scott Brumett

On Feb. 12, 2015, ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced the addition of former Buccaneer standout Scott Brumett to the team’s coaching staff.

Brumett, who was a three-year starter for the Bucs from 2001 to 2003, will coach ETSU’s defensive line and returns to Johnson City after spending the past three seasons as defensive coordinator at Maryville College. Prior to his time at Maryville, Brumett made coaching stops at both Chattanooga and Brevard College.

Brumett was a three-year starter for the Buccaneers at outside linebacker. He paced the squad in tackles in 2002 and was second on the team in total stops in 2003. As the ETSU program disbanded, Brumett took his talents to Chapel Hill, N.C., and excelled as a senior tight end on the 2004 Tar Heel squad. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree requirements from North Carolina in 2005.

During his time at Maryville, Brumett’s 2012 MC unit paced the USA South Athletic Conference in Passing Efficiency Defense (92.91), Total Defense (340.30), Scoring Defense (21.60), and Passing Defense (149.90). His first season in the orange and garnet produced six All-USA South defensive all-conference performers. Brumett's defense repeated its success during the fall of 2013. Five All-USA South defensive honorees helped MC’s defense rank among the league’s best in Rushing Defense (129.2), Scoring Defense (22.8), Team Passing Efficiency (124.0), and Total Defense (345.0).

At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2007, Coach Brumett served as a defensive assistant coach while focusing on the development of the outside linebackers. He also assisted in the Moc’s punt return game where his returners were ranked second in the Southern Conference in punt return average and 15th nationally.

From 2008-2011, Brumett led Brevard College’s defense as the Tornado’s defensive coordinator. He developed 14 All-South Athletic Conference performers while his defense ranked in the top three in total defense within the league in three of his four seasons with the Tornados.

Special Teams Coordinator & Cornerbacks Coach
Antonio Goss

On Feb. 20, 2015, ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced that Antonio Goss had joined the Buccaneers’ coaching staff.

Goss, who played collegiately at the University of North Carolina while Torbush was there as defensive coordinator, enjoyed a successful NFL playing career with two Super Bowl championships with the San Francisco 49ers. He has since accumulated a great deal of experience in both the NFL and college coaching ranks. He will join the Bucs as outside linebackers and special teams coach.

Goss spent seven years in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams, and most recently spent four seasons at Furman. He coaches the squads' special teams and nickelbacks.

Before coming to Furman, he served as safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville (2009). Prior to his stint at Louisville, he directed cornerbacks and special teams at Middle Tennessee State (2006-08)
and served as both linebackers and cornerbacks coach at the University of Buffalo for five seasons (2001-05). He began his collegiate coaching career as linebackers and special teams coach at North Carolina Central (2000) after working three years as a prep coach in the Chapel Hill, N.C., area.

A 1989 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in sociology, he starred as a linebacker and safety with the Tar Heels under coach Dick Crum and former University of Texas head coach Mack Brown.

Following his Tar Heel career, he was drafted in the 12th round by San Francisco and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams (XXIV and XXIX), seeing action as a backup linebacker and captain of special teams.

He was chosen by his teammates to represent the 49ers as special teams captain along with defensive captain Tim McDonald and Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice in Super Bowl XXIX. He played the 1996 season with the St. Louis Rams, where he started five games and was a key special teams performer.

After concluding his NFL career he took his first coaching assignment as linebacker and strength and conditioning coach at East Chapel Hill (N.C.) High School, where he served for two seasons.

Outside Linebackers Coach
Dylan Lewellyn

After spending the 2015 season as a graduate assistant (defense), Dylan Lewellyn was promoted to ETSU’s inside linebackers coach in 2016.

Lewellyn played collegiately at Liberty from 2010-14 and was coached by current ETSU head coach Carl Torbush in 2012. The High Point, N.C. native played in 37 games (17 starts) for the Flames, while helping guide Liberty to four Big South Championship titles – including its first ever FCS Playoff appearance and playoff win over James Madison in 2014.

Lewellyn ranked fourth on the team in tackles in his senior season as he totaled 62 in 2014, while he posted a team-leading 16 tackles in a 56-31 win over Brevard on Sept. 13, 2014. The 16-tackle game marked the most by Liberty player since 2008. Lewellyn graduated in a senior class that compiled 38 wins over their career, which ranked fourth in school history.

Lewellyn received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Liberty. He currently resides in Johnson City, while his father Don played football at Guilford College and brother Bryant played at Liberty and is the current defensive tackles coach for the Flames.

Wide Receivers Coach
Mike Rader

On Feb. 11, 2015, ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced that former Buccaneer standout Mike Rader will be joining the team’s coaching staff as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

Rader, who is a Johnson City native and played his prep football at Science Hill High School, was a three-year starter at ETSU during a career that spanned from 1998 to 2002. He served as a graduate assistant at ETSU during the 2003 campaign.

He has spent the last three seasons as head coach at Maryville College.

During his inaugural season with the Scots, Maryville posted a 6-2 record and 5-1 mark within the tough USA South Athletic Conference giving Maryville its highest finish in the USAC after eight seasons within the league and the College’s first football title since MC’s Highlanders took back-to-back Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference titles in 1930 and 1931.

His 2012 USA South Co-Champions produced a dozen All-USA South performers and 14 league All-Academic honorees. Coach Rader’s squad won their final three games with a defense that paced the league in four categories. Their offense boasted the league’s top rusher while averaging 211 yards per game on the ground. His creative offense finished the season averaging over 366 yards per challenge.

Under his leadership, the Fighting Scots accomplished additional historic accolades in 2013. MC earned its first eight-win season since the 1978 campaign and only the fourth eight-win season in school history. That 8-2 overall mark and 6-1 league record earned back-to-back USA South Co-Championships, allowing Maryville’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III post-season championship as the league’s automatic bid.

Rader's 2014 squad finished the year with a 7-3 mark, while going 6-2 within the USA South. Rader led a team that posted 408.2 yards per contest, while averaging 271.5 rushing yards per game — a mark that ranked 10th nationally. The Scots led the USA South in four different rushing categories behind a stout, senior-laden offensive line that ranked 23rd nationally with only one sack per outing. That line led the way for Maryville's third-largest individual rushing effort in school history, as Trenton Shuler had 1,046 yards on 182 carries for 12 touchdowns. Shuler's touchdowns ranked him 36th in the nation.

Rader received his Bachelor of Arts degree from East Tennessee State University in 2002. A three-year starter on the Buccaneer football squad as a student, he earned a football scholarship after an All-State career as a quarterback and receiver at Science Hill High School in Johnson City.

Following graduation, Rader attained his Master of Arts degree in sports management from ETSU while serving as a graduate assistant for his alma mater. He then worked for one season at Troy University in Troy, Ala., under head coach Larry Blakeney.

Prior to his Maryville stop, Rader was a former assistant football coach at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. He coordinated the recruiting efforts and assisted the offense for eight seasons at the Division III, church-related, liberal arts school.

In 2004, Rader was selected by Huntingdon Coach Mike Turk to improve results and bring stability to a second-year start up NCAA Division III program. Rader helped the Hawks earn a 52-20 record while receiving “Top 25” votes in five different seasons.

Rader displayed significant experience in building a successful NCAA Division III program. While at Huntingdon, his Hawks developed one of the most prolific offenses in college football. In 2009, Huntingdon was the only offense in the nation (Divisions I, II, or III) to average over 300 yards of passing and 200 yards of rushing per game. As the Hawks’ recruiting coordinator for the past two seasons, Rader’s staff has brought in more than 170 student-athletes to campus after developing strategies for student-athlete searches, visits and on-campus presentations.

Mike, his wife Lindsey, have three sons Max, Eli and Ellis.

Tight Ends Coach
Kevin Shipley

Kevin Shipley joined the ETSU football staff in 2013 as a Student Assistant for defense before moving to the offensive side of the ball in 2014 where he began working with the tight ends and fullbacks.

Shipley was officially hired to the staff to coach tight ends and fullbacks prior to the start of the 2015 season.

Shipley was a record-setting quarterback at Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, Tenn., and would go on to play for Phillip Fulmer at the University of Tennessee from 2001-2005. He joined the Vols as a quarterback but moved to tight end after his sophomore season.

Before joining ETSU, Coach Shipley was the Recruiting Coordinator for D1 Sports Training; Chattanooga. There he was in charge of membership and position specific football training. During his time at D1 Chattanooga, he worked with current NFL stars to develop training for NFL Combine Prep and High School to College Prep. Throughout his tenure at D1, Shipley personally trained one NFL Draft Pick, two free agent signees and numerous current and past college players, which include ETSU Football standouts: Austin Herink and Austin Gatewood.

Running Backs Coach
Gary Downs

ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced on March, 4, 2015, that he has added former N.C. State running back and NFL veteran Gary Downs to the Buccaneers’ coaching staff to direct the team’s running backs.

Downs – who has spent the last three seasons as head coach at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga. – played for ETSU offensive coordinator Mike O’Cain at N.C. State during the early 1990s, earning Academic All-ACC honors and was an All-ACC selection, finishing third all-time in rushing touchdowns and 10th in rushing yardage for the Wolfpack.

Following his college career, Downs was drafted in the third round of the 1994 NFL draft by the New York Giants. Downs was a special teams leader for the Atlanta Falcons during its 1998 NFC Championship season, and he played seven seasons with three different NFL teams before retiring in 2001.

Downs began his high school coaching career with Riverside in 2003, serving as running backs coach. Downs went on to serve as offensive coordinator for Riverside from 2004-06 -- a period during which the Eagles won the 2005 Georgia Independent Schools Association state championship and played in the GISA semifinals in '04 and '06. From 2007 to 2011, he served in the role of offensive coordinator and head coach of track and field at Mount Pisgah Christian School.

Along with his prep coaching experience, Downs also had a brief stint as an Atlanta Falcons’ coaching intern and one season as running back coach with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.

Offensive Line Coach
Dewayne Alexander

ETSU football head coach Carl Torbush announced on Thursday that Dewayne Alexander has accepted the position to be the Buccaneers' new offensive line coach.

Alexander – who was the offensive coordinator at Cumberland University in 2016 – replaces Erik Losey after he accepted the offensive line coach at Southern Mississippi last month.

“We are very excited and fortunate to be able to hire Dewayne Alexander as our offensive line coach. He comes highly recommended from coaches he has coached for and coaches he has coached with. He brings a vast amount of experience in many areas and is one of the most respected recruiters in the Tennessee high school ranks. He’s a perfect fit for ETSU and our football coaching staff. We are excited to have him and his family be part of the ETSU family. His experience as an administrator, head coach, offensive coordinator, and offensive line coach make him a perfect fit for what we need at ETSU.”

Alexander brings almost 30 years of coaching experience with him to Johnson City as he started his career in 1988 as an assistant coach at Hendersonville High School, while also making stops at Tennessee Tech, Cumberland, Jackson County High School, Upperman High School and Wilson Center High School.

“I am very excited to come to ETSU and be part of this staff. I want to thank Coach Torbush and everyone at ETSU for this opportunity,” said Coach Alexander. “I have known Coach Torbush, Coach Taylor and Coach O’Cain for many years. They are great coaches and people. I look forward to the challenge and growing as a coach by being able to be around a great coaching staff.”

Alexander came to Johnson City this past fall when Cumberland played the Buccaneers in November. He was pleased of what he saw from the Blue and Gold, and the support from the community.

“I got to see ETSU up close when we came up here to play this past season, and I was very impressed with how the staff and players handled themselves. There is great enthusiasm around the program and outstanding community support. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this program with the success made from year one to year two, the opening of the new stadium this upcoming season and playing in one of the toughest FCS conferences in the country – the Southern Conference.”

Alexander was the head coach at Cumberland from 2006-12 where he totaled 41 wins and the 2008 Mid-South Conference West Division championship after taking over a program that won two games the previous two seasons. In 2010, Alexander was named NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and also the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the program to an 8-3 mark. A year later, Alexander’s Phoenix were ranked as high as No. 14 in the NAIA Top 25 en route to finishing 7-3 in 2011, while following that up with another 8-3 mark in his final season in 2012. In total, Alexander set program records for most wins in a two-year span (15) and four-year period (28). Alexander’s teams thrived both on and off the field at Cumberland as 44 of his players earned all-conference honors and 101 picked up all-conference scholar-athlete accolades.

Prior to returning to Cumberland in 2016, Alexander spent three seasons at his alma mater; Tennessee Tech. Alexander was the Assistant Head Coach-Offense under Watson Brown. Alexander was named interim head coach after Brown retired in December of 2015. With the Golden Eagles, Alexander coached the offensive line where he helped Charles Mouton earn Second Team All-OVC honors in 2015 and Wesley Sherrill pick up a First Team All-OVC selection in 2015. Alexander made his first stop at Tennessee Tech where he was the running backs coach from 1997-98 and was also the defensive line coach for the Golden Eagles in 2002.

Alexander started his coaching career in 1988 as an assistant coach at Hendersonville High School where he spent eight seasons. In addition, Alexander also coached wrestling and softball at Hendersonville. From there, he took over as the assistant principal/athletic director at Jackson County High School in 1996. Alexander then had stops as head coach at Upperman High School from 1999-2000 and at Wilson Central High School from 2003-05. He was also the offensive coordinator at Gallatin High School in 2001 when they went 10-3 and reached the TSSAA Quarterfinals.

With his time spent around the Middle Tennessee and on the high school level, Alexander looks to use those connections to help in recruiting.

“With my experience and relationships around the Middle Tennessee region, I hope to add to already strong recruiting for the Bucs in those areas. I am well-connected in that region and that is an area that is booming in recruiting.”