Steve Forbes has a very diverse resume, having proven his ability to achieve success as a Head Coach at the JUCO level and assist several Division I program to numerous NCAA Tournament appearances. Most recently, Forbes served as an Assistant Coach at Wichita State, where he helped lead the Shockers to two consecutive 30+ win seasons and NCAA Tournament berths. In between a successful stint at the University of Tennessee and Wichita State, he served as the Head Coach at Northwest Florida State, where he led the program to a 61-6 overall record. This combined experience has well-prepared Forbes to lead his own Division I program to a high level of success.
Take us through the process of you pursuing and the emotion of ultimately receiving the offer to become the Head Coach at East Tennessee State University?
I really didn’t know if I would ever be a Head Coach at the Division I level and I really wasn’t worried about it. I was very happy at Wichita State, and I loved working for Gregg Marshall. Timing is everything. When ETSU decided to make a change, we were in the middle of a NCAA Tournament run and I was completely focused on that. ETSU Associate AD Scott Carter called me and asked me if I would have an interest in the job. I knew Scott through working with him at the University of Tennessee. That same day, I spoke with ETSU AD, Dr. Richard Sander. Three days later he and ETSU President, Dr. Brian Noland, flew to Wichita to meet with me. Dr. Sander offered me the job two days after that. After coaching for 26 years, I became the Head Coach at ETSU in less than a week. It was a job that was a great fit for me and my family.
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