Rusty Wright is in his second season of his second stint as an assistant coach at UTC. He returns as the linebackers coach for the Mocs.
Wright coached Wes Dothard to first team All-Southern Conference honors last season. Dothard led the Mocs with 82 tackles and UTC had the top rated defense in the Southern Conference.
A veteran of the SoCon, Wright Wright also 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 Greer.
Prior to retuning to UTC, Wright spent the previous two years building a new program at NAIA-member Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. There he was the defensive coordinator for the Eagles, who will played their inaugural season in 2013.
Prior to his stint at Reinhardt, Wright spent the 2010 season as the linebackers coach at Furman, 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 coached 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.