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Much Skyhawk talk regards new coaches

Much Skyhawk talk regards new coaches
UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson has quite a few new faces on his coaching staff.
All totaled, the fifth-year Skyhawk mentor has four new assistant coaches under his charge as UTM prepares for its Sept. 4 opener at Tennessee.
The game will be the first meeting between the two teams from the UT system.
The showdown again-st the Southeastern Con-ference power marks the second time in the past three years the Skyhawks — a member of the Football Championship Subdivision — have battled a SEC Bowl Championship Subdivision team. The Skyhawks traveled to Auburn in 2008.
Leading the list of assistants set to make their debut at Neyland Stadium is UTM alum Jordon Hankins. Hankins is in charge of running backs as well as strength and conditioning this season.
Three other newbies will be on the sideline for the kickoff against the Vols.
Nathan Burton, a former Georgia Tech safety who worked under the guidance of defensive masterminds Bill Young at Oklahoma State and Jon Tenuta at Georgia Tech, will coach linebackers.
Meanwhile, Ryan Nielsen, who served as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron and played at the University of Southern California, is slated to instruct the defensive line and serve as the special teams coordinator. Mac Bryan, who has 19 years of collegiate coaching experience at Chattanooga, Pikeville, Newberry, Lees McRae and Southern Miss, will coach the offensive line and serve as the Skyhawks offensive coordinator.
ELDER STATESMAN: Bryan, 50, is the oldest member of the Skyhawk coaching staff. Bryan comes to UT Martin from Enka High School in North Carolina, where he served as head coach and led the Jets to their best season since ’02.
Bryan also coached at Chattanooga and at Southern Miss in his 19 years as a collegiate coach. While at Chattanooga, Bryan coached former UT Martin assistant Geep Wade.
While at Southern Miss, Bryan coached UTM head coach Jason Simpson. Bryan served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Appalachian State. He played offensive tackle for head coaches Jim Brakefield and Mike Working from 1978-80.
MOVING ON UP: Five former UT Martin assistant head coaches were named head coaches after the ’09 season. Among the five were Charlie Stubbs, Cesar Rivas-Sandoval, Todd Berry, Larry Porter and Mike MacIntyre.
Stubbs was named the head coach at Nicholls State, while Rivas-Sandoval was named the interim successor to Ed Rifilato at Fort Lewis College
Berry, who completed three seasons as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at UNLV was named the 14th head football coach at Louisiana-Monroe (ULM).
Porter, who played at Memphis from 1990-93 and served as a UTM assistant on the same staff with former head coach Matt Griffin, was named the 22nd head football coach at the University of Memphis
Meanwhile, MacIntyre, the 2009 American Football Coaches Association Football Bowl Subdivision Assistant Coach of the Year and former Duke University defensive coordinator was named the head coach at San Jose State University.
UTM EAST: Former UT Martin assistant coaches Marcus Satterfield, Geep Wade and Jimmy Lindsey are all on Russ Huesman’s staff at Chattanooga. Satterfield left following the ’08 season, while Wade and Lindsey left after the ’09 season.
THURSDAY TWICE: This year’s football schedule includes two Thursday night games against in-state rivals Tennessee Tech and Lambuth University. The Skyhawks travel to Cookeville for an Ohio Valley Conference game against host Tennessee Tech on Sept. 30.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Skyhawks will host Lambuth at Hardy M. Graham Stadium Oct. 21.


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