2017-18 Football
Randy Sanders
Head Coach
Billy Taylor
Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Daryl Daye
Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator
Gary Downs
Running Backs
Dylan Lewellyn
Outside Linebackers
Mike Rader, Ed.D.
Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Allan Johnson
Strength and Conditioning
Nathan Barger, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
John Ellis Davis
Graduate Assistant -- Defense
Devin Whitehead
Graduate Assistant -- Offense
Dylan Leffingwell
Graduate Assistant -- Strength and Conditioning
Ben Rabe
Graduate Assistant -- Strength and Conditioning
Daniel Wedding
Graduate Assistant -- Strength and Conditioning
Reid Lewis
Video Coordinator
Full Roster
Matt Forrest

Matt Forrest

Football Assistant

Phone (423) 439-8228
Email forrestm@etsu.edu

Matt Forrest enters his first year as the Buccaneers’ Director of Football Operations. 

Forrest, who has spent time at Tennessee Tech, Murray State, Morehead State and Huntingdon College (Ala.), has nine years of experience working in collegiate athletics. 


Forrest comes to ETSU after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Tennessee Tech where he coached the running backs and tight ends. During his time with the Golden Eagles – where he was teamed up with current ETSU offensive line coach Dewayne Alexander – Forrest coached return specialist/running back Ladarius Vanlier to back-to-back all-conference honors. 

Prior to his stop in Cookeville, Forrest spent the 2013 season at Morehead State as a running backs coach and equipment manager. Forrest worked as Director of Football Operations at Murray State from 2010-12 where he coordinated travel, assisted with on-campus recruiting, and handled other administrative duties. The Racers ranked among the Football Championship Subdivision’s top five offenses in each of his three years. 

Forrest played collegiate football at Huntingdon College where he was the Hawks’ back-up quarterback from 2006-09. During his time at Huntingdon – where current ETSU recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Mike Rader was his offensive coordinator –Forrest was on the Hawks’ team that earned their first-ever NCAA Division III playoff berth in 2009. That senior class posted the program’s best record at 8-2. After graduation, Forrest spent the 2009-10 season as a student assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Huntingdon College (Ala.). 

Forrest also worked for the Montgomery Biscuits (Ala.) – the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays – where he served as clubhouse manager, clubhouse assistant, and grounds crew member for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 professional baseball seasons. 

Forrest earned a bachelor’s degree in coaching education from Huntingdon in 2010.