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Rusty Wright
Position: Assistant Coach
Other Position: Linebackers - Special Teams Coordinator
Alma Mater: Chattanooga
Graduating Year: 1996
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 423-425-2223
Email: russell-wright@utc.edu
Rusty Wright is in his third season of his second stint as an assistant coach at UTC.  He is currently the linebackers coach and added special teams coordinator to his title for the 2015 season.

Wright has coached Wes Dothard, Muhasibi Wakeel and Nakevion Leslie to All-Southern Conference honors in his tenure.  He also coached the punt returners on special teams in 2014, guiding Tommy Hudson to All-American recognition.    

A veteran of the SoCon, Wright spent seven seasons on the UTC staff from 1996-02 where he served in various roles, including coaching the linebackers, tackles, tight ends, special teams and the junior varsity squad.

He was a four-year letter winner at Chattanooga from 1992-95. He caught over 50 passes as a tight-end in his career, playing on offenses that included future NFL players Terrell Owens, Jerry Ellison and Marrio Grier.

Prior to retuning to UTC, Wright spent two years building a new program at NAIA-member Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. There he was the defensive coordinator for the Eagles, who played their inaugural season in 2013.

Before his stint at Reinhardt, Wright was the linebackers coach at Furman (2010), preceded by one year as the defensive line coach at Gardner-Webb.  He coached first team All-SoCon linebacker Kadarron Anderson at Furman and 2009 Big South Freshman of the Year Matt Goods at GWU.   

Wright also worked for four years at Miami (Ohio) University. The Redhawks won two Mid-American East Division titles in his tenure and Joey Card was a first team All-MAC safety under his guidance.  In 2004, he was the defensive coordinator at Butler.   

Wright is a native of Petticoat Junction, S.C. He graduated from UTC in 1996 with a degree in Sports Administration and is married to former UTC volleyball student-athlete Kelley Black of Cleveland, Tenn. The couple has a daughter, Madison, who is a senior at Boyd-Buchanan High School and is committed to play basketball at Belmont.

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