With Russ Huesman now at Richmond, the search is on for UTC to find its next head football coach. Here are a few names that might make sense for the Mocs to target. They're listed in no specific order.
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Bob Shoop - Tennessee Vols Defensive Coordinator - Shoop, like Huesman, is a defensive mind. He's no stranger to the state of Tennessee having served as Vanderbilt defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach from 2011-2103. Shoop also has FCS experience having coached defense at William and Mary from 2007-2010. Shoop's son Jay Shoop is the quarterback at Father Ryan in Nashville. He's been a lifelong college assistant, a head coaching gig is the next step, wherever it may be, Chattanooga would make sense for several reasons.
Jeff Durden - Chattanooga Offensive Coordinator - Jeff Durden has more than a decade of FCS experience all as an offensive coordinator. Durden spent the last four years as Russ Huesman's offensive coordinator. Before that, he spent nine seasons leading James Madison's offense. Before that he led Morehead State's offense and in 1997 that offense led the FCS nation. Simply put, Durden knows the Mocs and he knows offense.
Marcus Satterfield - Tennessee Tech - Had this happened last season, Marcus Satterfield would have made even more sense. Satterfield the former UTC assistant just finished his first year as Tennessee Tech's Head Coach. Satterfield has had two separate stints on the Mocs staff. First as an assistant from 1999-2001. Next under Huesman as the Offensive Coordinator from 2009-2012. From there Satterfield left to lead Temple's offense for three seasons before Tennessee Tech. Satterfield is from Greenback, Tennessee and played at ETSU.
Will Healy - Austin Peay Head Coach - Will Healy the former UTC assistant just wrapped up his first full season as Austin Peay's head coach. Healy a Chattanooga native spent seven seasons under Huesman, his final six seasons as the wide receivers coach. He coached quarterbacks his first year and Healy was a Mr. Football finalist at Chattanooga's Boyd-Buchanan. He went on to win a Nation Championship playing for Richmond under Huesman's defense in 2008.
Jamey Chadwell - Charleston Southern Head Coach - Chadwell is an East Tennessee native and an ETSU grad. who in four years at Charleston Southern has set head coaching records. He's finished above .500 in all four years with two 10-3 finishes. He led CSU to the FCS Quarterfinals in 2015 where they lost to national runner-up Jacksonville St. He was named Big South Coach of the Year twice in three years.
(A conversation with Moc Radio Network Color Commentator Tom Ange sparked Fuller and the next three possible targets)
Adam Fuller - Marshall LB Coach - Fuller spent a good bit of time under Huesman at Richmond and then four years at Chattanooga, 2009-2012. While at UTC Fuller served as LB Coach and Defensive Coordinator. While at UTC he coached 13 All-SoCon players, Wes Dothard a two-time All-American and the programs only three-time All-American Davis Tull.
Shane Montgomery - Youngstown St. Offensive Coordinator / QB Coach - Montgomery was a Chattanooga Offensive Assistant from 1993-1997. He coached Terrell Owens with the Mocs. He left Chattanooga to for the same position at Miami of Ohio in 2001. In 2004 he took over as Head Coach at Miami of Ohio. While at Miami (OH) Montgomery coached QB Ben Roethlesberger.
Bobby Hauck - San Diego St. Special Teams Coordinator - Don't let his current title fool you, Hauck has plenty of Head Coaching experience, including 3 National Championship Game Appearances, all with Montana. After 14-years of assistant coaching, Hauck took over as Montana Head Coach in 2003 before leaving for UNLV in 2009. While at Montana he won seven Big Sky Conference Championships and appeared in back to back FCS National Championship games at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga. He lost in 2008 to Richmond (Huesman's defense) and in 2009 to Villanova.