Staff
Head Coach
Randy Sanders

Randy Sanders was named ETSU football head coach on Dec. 17, 2017, becoming the 18th head coach in program history.

Sanders, a Morristown, Tenn. native, has spent the last 29 years coaching on the Football Bowl Subdivision level, which includes stints as offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Kentucky and most recently Florida State. Sanders was the offensive coordinator when Tennessee won the 1998 BCS National Title and the quarterbacks coach at Florida State when the Seminoles claimed the 2013 National Championship. Sanders played a part in either coaching or recruiting a pair of No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft – Peyton Manning (1998) and Jameis Winston (2015). In his 29 years of coaching, Sanders has coached in 26 bowl games and his teams hold a combined record of 258-105-2.

He will replace ETSU’s head coach Carl Torbush, who announced his retirement on Dec. 8 after a five-year tenure that guided the return of the Buccaneers’ football program in 2015.

“I am very excited to welcome Coach Sanders, his wife Cathy and family home to Tennessee,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. “Coach Sanders has impeccable credentials and a career marked by excellence. He embodies the values of our university and embraces our mission. I am looking forward to his leadership and working with him.”

Sanders, who played his collegiately at Tennessee from 1984-88, began his coaching career at Tennessee in 1989, and during the 17 years at his alma mater, the Vols compiled a record of 162-46-2 (.776). Over his run in Knoxville, Tennessee won four SEC championships and six Eastern Division crowns in addition to its national title. The Vols played in bowl games his first 16 seasons, including four Citrus Bowls, three Fiesta Bowls, three Cotton Bowls, two Peach Bowls, and one each in the Sugar, Orange, Hall of Fame and Gator bowls.

Following his time at Tennessee, Sanders remained in the SEC as he went to Kentucky to spend the first three years as the Wildcats’ quarterbacks coach, before taking over as offensive coordinator from 2009-12. In Lexington, Sanders developed Andre’ Woodson into one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Woodson led the SEC in passing yards, total offense and touchdown passes, including a SEC record 40 in 2007. Woodson went on to be drafted by the New York Giants. During Sanders’ tenure, Kentucky won three straight bowl games for the first time in school history.

Sanders enjoyed one of the most successful five-year stretches in Florida State history. Since his arrival in 2013, Florida State totaled 53 wins, two ACC titles, won the 2013 National Championship and he coached a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. In his first year at Florida State, Sanders led Jameis Winston to become the youngest players to win a Heisman Trophy in 2013, the same season he also led the Seminoles to a 14-0 record and a national championship. In 2013, Florida State set the national record for points in a season with 723, led the nation with a passing efficiency mark of 174.69, and set school and ACC marks with 7,267 yards of total offense, 51.6 points per game, 94 touchdowns, and 7.67 yards per play. Winston set the national record for touchdown passes by a freshman with 40, had seven 300-yard games and 11 consecutive games scoring 40-plus points.

After the 2014 season, where Florida State started the year 13-0 and earned a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, Winston became the first Seminole player to be taken No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. Despite losing nearly all of their offensive production to the NFL draft in 2015, Sanders’ offense remained atop the ACC in offense the next year as Dalvin Cook set school records in rushing (1,691) and all-purpose yards (1,935) on his way to earning All-American honors. In 2017, Cook was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

Sanders earned four varsity letters and was a four-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll at Tennessee. He stayed at Tennessee after graduating and started his coaching career as the Vols’ quarterbacks coach in 1989 and 1990 under head coach Johnny Majors. The Morristown, Tenn. native became a full-time assistant coach in 1991, where he worked with the wide receivers, while Phillip Fulmer named Sanders the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach in 1993. Sanders remained in that role until 1998 when he took over as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Sanders and his wife, Cathy, have two daughters, Kelly and Kari.

Defensive Coordinator / Inside Linebackers
Billy Taylor

ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced on July 29, 2013, 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 returned 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.

In the Bucs' first season back in 2015, the Buccaneer defense was built majority around freshmen or redshirt freshmen. Overall, the top seven tackle leaders were either freshmen or redshirt freshmen.Taylor saw redshirt freshman linebacker Dylan Weigel lead all FCS players in solo tackles (79) en route to becoming a finalist for the FCS Freshman of the Year award. In the Bucs' first win since reinstating the program in the 42-9 victory over Warner on Oct. 31, 2015, ETSU's defense held the Royals without a point as Warner scored on a safety and fumble recovery. The Blue and Gold limted the Royals to 172 total yards on offense, including 71 yards on the ground. Three weeks later in the Bucs' 42-27 season-ending win over Kentucky Wesleyan, ETSU's defense forced two turnovers along with holding KWC to negative-13 rushing yards.

Last year, the Buccaneer defense played a key role in moving their win total from two in 2015 to five in 2016, including wins over Kennesaw State, Western Carolina at Bristol Motor Speedway and against No. 18 Samford to end the season. ETSU's defense ranked second in the SoCon in red zone defense, fifth in total defense and fourth in pass defense and third down defense. As a unit, the Bucs also ranked among the FCS leaders in several defensive categories as the Blue and Gold ranked 17th in fumbles recovered (11) and 25th in red zone defense (76.1). A trio of Buccaneers earned all-conference honors as Dylan Weigel was named second team all-SoCon, while defensive ends Nasir Player and Jason Maduafokwa both laned on the SoCon All-Freshman Team. Junior defensive back Paul Hunter also earned the Bucs' first SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honor as he totaled a career-high 11 tackles and two fumble recoveries against The Citadel on Oct. 29.

Prior to coming backa to Johnson City, Taylor spent five seasons at Tennessee Tech. 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 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.

He is married to the former Kristine Renz of Easley, S.C., and the couple has two children, Mikaelah Jean, 15, and McKenzie, 12.

Defensive Backs
Steve Brown

Steve Brown joined Randy Sanders' staff as a defensive backs coach on Jan. 11, 2018.

“This is an exciting time to be at ETSU as we look to build on what the previous staff had in place and make this something special,” said Brown. “I have lived in the state for the last five years and love it here. I have a great relationship with Coach Sanders, and I am excited to join his staff. I have met a lot of great people here at ETSU, and I am looking forward to meeting the players once they arrive back on campus this weekend.”

Brown, a third-round selection by the Houston Oilers in 1983, was the defensive backs coach at Kentucky from 2003-06, before taking over as defensive coordinator from 2007-11. Brown had three Kentucky players selected in the NFL Draft, while numerous Wildcats spent time in the NFL during Brown’s watch.

Brown began his coaching career with the St. Louis Rams where he was on staff when the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV. Brown was a defensive assistant in 1995, before coaching the cornerbacks from 1996-97 and was the secondary coach from 1998-2000.

Most recently, Brown was the assistant secondary coach with the Tennessee Titans from 2012-15. In his first season, the Titans ranked seventh in the NFL in interceptions – 13 of which came from the secondary. In 2013, Tennessee’s defense led the NFL in fewest passing touchdowns (15).

Brown spent eight seasons with the Houston Oilers where he played in 119 games, totaled 18 interceptions and earned Pro Football Weekly NFL All-Rookie honors in 1983. Brown played collegiately at Oregon, where he was a defensive back and kick returner from 1979-82. Brown earned first team all-Pac-10 honors in 1982, second team honors in 1981 and was a two-time honorable mention in 1979-80.

Defensive Line / Special Teams Coordinator
Daryl Daye

Daryl Daye enters his first season as the Buccaneers’ new defensive line coach.

Daye brings over 30 years of coaching experience to Johnson City, including head coaching stints at Nicholls State (1999-2003) and Missouri Southern (2012-14), while being an assistant to Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey from 2010-11. Daye began his coaching career in 1986 at LSU, while making stops at Southern Miss (1989-90), Liberty (1991-98), Southern (2004-05), Missouri Southern (2006-09) and was most-recently the defensive coordinator at Northwestern State.

“We are very fortunate to hire a coach with Daryl Daye’s experience, knowledge, and ability to communicate with others,” said Torbush, whose Bucs are set to open the 2017 inside their brand new stadium on Sept. 2 against Limestone. “Obviously, his résumé speaks for itself. Coach Daye’s experience as a head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach will make him invaluable as we move forward with this football program. I know he and his wife will be a great asset to our football program, East Tennessee State University and the Johnson City community.”

“I am very humbled and blessed to join this tremendous staff that Coach Torbush has put together here at ETSU,” said Daye, who spent the past two seasons as associate head coach/defensive coordinator at Northwestern State. “I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with a group of great coaches. It’s very exciting to work with Coach Taylor and the defensive staff. They have done a great job preparing the players and they care about them – that is the type of staff I want to be on. It’s a blessing to be able to coach for over 30 years and I am looking forward to hitting the field and getting things going.”

During his head coaching stints, Daye was named 2002 Southland Conference Coach of the Year at Nicholls State – where he had the Colonels in contention for conference titles in 2002 and 2003. Daye’s Nicholls State squad broke 32 offensive school records in 2002, while leading the country in rushing. In 2002, Nicholls State posted seven wins, which ranks fifth most in single-season program history. Daye coached four All-Americans and nine all-conference players during his time at Nicholls State.

At Missouri Southern, Daye turned around a program as he totaled a 17-15 record in three years. Daye directed the 2013 team to a 7-3 mark – the school’s best season in 20 years – including a road win at Division II power, ninth-ranked Pittsburg State. In his first season, Daye doubled the Lions’ win total from the previous year as Missouri Southern went 6-5, marking its first winning season since 2007 and just the third in 20 years. Daye coached 27 all-conference players and three All-Americans at Missouri Southern – including defensive lineman Brandon Williams. Williams broke the school record for career sacks in 2012 and went on to be drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

Daye has coached under four NFL head coaches: Chan Gailey, Dave Wannstedt, Sam Rutigliano and Bill Ansparger, who was one of the NFL’s top defensive coordinators and LSU’s head coach when Daye came on staff with the Tigers after playing from 1981-85. As assistant to the head coach on Gailey’s Buffalo Bills staff in 2010-11, he helped coordinate operations, while assisting Wannstedt with the linebackers and on special teams. Daye coached for Rutigliano for eight seasons at Liberty.

Daye was part of the coaching staff for the 2011 Senior Bowl in Mobile.

Daye has also worked under head coaches Mike Archer at LSU, Curley Hallman at Southern Mississippi and Pete Richardson at Southern.

As a player and young coach at LSU, Daye was part of teams that played in the 1983 Orange Bowl, 1984 Sugar Bowl, 1985 Liberty Bowl, 1986 Sugar Bowl, 1988 Gator Bowl, 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 1990 All-American Bowl. LSU won the Southeastern Conference championship twice, in 1986 and 1988, while Daye was at his alma mater. He played for coach Bill Arnsparger at LSU.

Running Backs
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 enters his third season with the Blue and Gold.

In his first two seasons, Downs' group has been led by Jajuan Stinson and Falon Lee. The Buccaneer have both played in 20 of the possible 22 games in the first two seasons, with Stinson totaling a team-high 1,149 rushing yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. Stinson ranked ninth in the SoCon in rushing in 2016, while he has registered five 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons. Meanwhile, Lee has posted 532 ruhsing yards with one touchdown in his two seaons in the Blue and Gold. ETSU's rushing attack accounted for three games with over 200 yards on the ground in 2016 - 323 yards against West Virginia Wesleyan, 238 versus Cumberland and 205 against Western Carolina at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In 2015, the Bucs also posted three games with over 200 yards rushing - 314 against Kentucky Wesleyan, 291 over Warner and 267 against Maryville.

Overall, ETSU is 5-1 over the last two seasons when rushing for over 200 yards.

Downs – who has spent the last three seasons as head coach at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga. before coming to Johnson City – 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.

Coach Downs and his wife Tanya have a daughter Kameron (18), and sons Joshua (15) and Caleb (12).

Outside Linebackers
Dylan Lewellyn

After spending the 2015 season as a graduate assistant (defense), Dylan Lewellyn was promoted to ETSU’s outside linebackers coach in 2016. Lewellyn now enters his third season with the Blue and Gold in 2017.

In his two seasons working with the outside linebackers, Lewellyn has seen Austin Gatewood and Trey Quillin be the leaders of the group. Quillin has started all 22 games for the Bucs over the last two seasons, while Gatewood has started 21 of the possible 22 games. The Buccaneer duo has totaled 194 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception. Gatewood as posted 110 tackles (11.5 TFL) and four forced fumbles in his first two seasons, while Quillin has nothced 84 tackles (13.5 TFL) and four sacks in two years. The 13.5 TFLs and four sacks top all Buccaneer players during this span.

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.

Offensive Line
Matt McCutchan

Matt McCutchan enters his first season as ETSU's offensive line coach.

McCutchan spent the last five seasons with Sanders at Florida State as the offensive quality control coach, and was on staff when the Seminoles won the 2014 National Championship.

“I am very excited to become a part of the ETSU football coaching staff,” said McCutchan. “Coach Sanders is a great coach, and I can’t wait to get started. I was his graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky and a quality control assistant at Florida State, and it is a pleasure to work with him again. I am excited to come Johnson City with my fiancée, Melissa, and start a life here, together. Every new job is a challenge, but this is a great opportunity and we are ready to start writing a new chapter in ETSU football. I am happy to be coaching the offensive line and anxious to meet the team.”

Prior to Florida State, McCutchan spent the 2012 season as the offensive line coach at Morehead State and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Sanders at Kentucky from 2008-10. Following his stint in Lexington, McCutchan was named the offensive line coach at Lincoln University (Mo.) in 2011.

McCutchan played offensive line at Kentucky from 2004-06, where he started 31 games. McCutchan was named the team’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2005 and received the Southeastern Conference’s Lineman of the Week twice during his career. McCutchan was on the 2006 team that finished with eight wins, including a Music City Bowl victory over Clemson. McCutchan was an SEC Academic Honor Roll member and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Defensive Ends
Collins Ukwu

ETSU football head coach Randy Sanders announced on Feb. 8 that Collins Ukwu has been added to the Buccaneer coaching staff. Ukwu will serve as the defensive end coach for the Buccaneers.

Ukwu, who spent the 2017 season as the defensive line coach at Albany State, was a four-year starting defensive lineman at Kentucky from 2009-12, and also signed professionally with the Minnesota Vikings and Montreal Alouettes. Ukwu coached Zavondric Shingleton to first team all-SIAC honors as he helped lead an ASU defense that finished third overall in both total defense and scoring defense. Overall, Singleton totaled 42 tackles,10.5 tackles for loss, and a team-leading 3.5 sacks in 2017.

“I am extremely excited and blessed to be given this coaching opportunity,” said Okwu. “I played at Kentucky when Coach Sanders was the offensive coordinator, so I know the type of winning mentality he brings in coaching. It was an easy decision when Coach Sanders offered me the job, because of the type of person he is and the winning culture he brings to a football program. I am ready to join this staff, ready to win football games, graduate young men and create better men for our society.”

Sanders saw Ukwu develop as a player over his four-year career at Kentucky and he’s ready for him to join his staff.

“We are excited to add Coach Ukwu to our staff,” said Sanders. “Collins was a leader and four-year player when I was at Kentucky. He is an excellent teacher of the game and ready to be part of what we are building at ETSU.”

Ukwu began his coaching career at Overton High School in Tennessee in 2014, where he handled defensive assistant duties. Following his time at Overton, Ukwu spent two seasons at Georgia State as a player personnel and offensive/defensive graduate assistant in 2015 and 2016. Ukwu also handled recruiting duties at Georgia State.

During his playing career at Kentucky, Ukwu totaled 109 tackles (57 solo), 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 47 career games. Ukwu was named team captain for his senior season in 2012. Ukwu signed as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings and later with the Alouettes before suffering a career ending knee injury.

Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator
Mike Radar

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.

Rader enters his third season with the Blue and Gold in 2017.

Rader's receiving group has a lot of depth as 19 different Buccaneers have recorded at least one reception and 10 have caught at least one touchdown in the first two seasons. Dalton Ponchillia led the Blue and Gold the first two seaons as he totaled 55 receptions for 795 yards and four touchdowns, while redshirt junior Drake Powell led ETSU in 2016. Powell finished with 29 receptions for 431 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. Powell recorded his first 100-yard receiving game last year when he finished with 143 yards at Mercer on Nov. 5.

Rader has also done a tremendous job bringing in top talent as the Bucs' recruiting coordinator. Following a two-win season in 2015, the Bucs went 5-6 in 2016, which included wins at Kennesaw State, against Western Carolina at Bristol Motor Speedway and over No. 18 Samford to end the year.

Prior to coming back home, Rader 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.

Quarterbacks/Director of Football Operations
Price Partrick

Price Partrick was added to the Buccaneer coaching staff in the spring of 2018. Patrick will be in charge of coaching the ETSU quarterbacks, as well as handling Director of Football Operations duties.

Partrick spent the past four seasons on staff at Tennessee Tech. During his time in Cookeville, Partrick spent the 2017 season coaching outside linebackers and nickelbacks, along with serving as the Director of Football Operations. Partrick began his coaching career as a student assistant in 2014 where he worked with the wide receivers. He was then promoted to wide receivers coach in 2015 and worked as an offensive quality control coach and tight ends coach in 2016. The Chattanooga native has ties to the Southern Conference as he spent time on The Citadel roster in 2010. From there, he transferred to Chattanooga to rehab from shoulder surgeries, while Coach Watson Brown gave him a chance to play at Tennessee Tech. After another shoulder surgery forced Partrick to miss the 2012 season, he then played in three games in 2013 before suffering a career-ending surgery, which allowed him the chance to begin his coaching career.

Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in fitness and wellness from Tennessee Tech in 2014. The Chattanooga native lettered in both football and golf at Baylor High School.

Offensive Quality Control
Dallas Dickey

Dallas Dickey was added to the Buccaneer coaching staff in the spring of 2018. Becker will be an offensive quality control coach.

Dickey was a four-year quarterback at West Georgia from 2012-15, before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.

As a player, Dickey played in 34 games at West Georgia, while compiling school records in total yards (7,930), total plays (1,256), rushing yards (1,988), touchdowns (71), rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (20) and career wins (33), while ranking third in passing yards (5,942). As a senior, Dickey earned all-American and all-conference honors, while leading West Georgia back-to-back NCAA Division II Super Region titles and appearances in the national semifinals. Dickey was also a three-time all-academic selection.

During his time as a graduate assistant this past season, Dickey helped coach five players who earned spots in NFL Mini Camps, two all-Americans, six all-conference players – the league’s Offensive Player of the Year – and four all-region selections.

Operations Assistant
Hunter Parker
Defensive Quality Control
John Ellis Davis
Strength and Conditioning
Allen 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.