Marcus West
Position: Assistant Coach
Other Position: Assistant Head Coach - Defensive Line
Alma Mater: Memphis
Graduating Year: 2005
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 423-425-4798
Marcus West is entering his seventh season on the coaching staff at UTC. He has worked with the defensive line in each of his previous six years.

West has coached two SoCon Defensive Players of the Year in his tenure, both defensive ends.  Josh Beard won the award in 2009 while Davis Tull took the honor in each of the last three seasons.

Tull and fellow defensive lineman Derrick Lott are two of West’s former players currently on an NFL roster.  Tull was a fifth round pick of the New Orleans Saint in the 2015 NFL Draft.  Lott signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.   

Beard went from a virtual unknown in 2008 to leading the FCS with a school-record tying 12 sacks in 2009.  Tull broke the school record with 12.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2012, and graduated with the SoCon’s all-time sack record (37.0).    

UTC led the SoCon with 35 sacks in 2014, the most at Chattanooga since 1985.  The Mocs’ 30 sacks in 2009 were tied for second in the SoCon and 13th in the FCS.

West came to Chattanooga from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He was the defensive line coach for the Division III Knights in the 2008 season, helping the team to a 10-3 record, conference championship and a spot in the Division III quarterfinals.

West joined the Knights’ coaching staff after playing across three professional leagues. His stops included one-year stays in the National Football League (Indianapolis Colts), NFL Europe (Amsterdam Admirals) and the Canadian Football League (Hamilton Tiger Cats).

A star at the University of Memphis, West earned All-Conference USA honors in 2004 and 2005. Current UTC head coach Russ Huesman coached West at Memphis as a tight end during West’s first season. He was voted a team captain and earned the program’s Defensive Player of the Year award following his senior season.

West married former UTC and current N.C. State women’s basketball Associate Head Coach Nikki Blassingame in June 2011.

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