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Carl Torbush
Head Coach
Mike O'Cain
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Billy Taylor
Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Dewayne Alexander
Offensive Line
Gary Downs
Running Backs
Teddy Gaines
Safeties
Antonio Goss
Cornerbacks/Special Teams Coordinator
Dylan Lewellyn
Outside Linebackers
Mike Rader
Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
Kevin Shipley
Tight Ends/Fullbacks
Allan Johnson
Strength and Conditioning
Andrew Sims
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Dr. Brian Johnston, Ph.D., ATC
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Nathan Barger, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Corey Benson
Graduate Assistant -- Strength and Conditioning
Rob Kohlhaus
Graduate Assistant -- Strength and Conditioning
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Gary Downs

Gary Downs

Running Backs

Email football@etsu.edu

 

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.

Coach Downs and his wife Tanya have a daughter Kameron (16), and sons Joshua (13) and Caleb (10).