University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman promoted safeties coach Adam Braithwaite to Defensive Coordinator this week. Braithwaite is entering his second season at UTC and will continue to coach the Mocs safeties.
"We are excited about Adam moving up to defensive coordinator," stated Head Coach Russ Huesman. "He has been a collegiate coordinator at the Division III level, as well as being on the staff at Michigan, so he brings experience from every level."
Since graduating from William & Mary in 2002, Braithwaite has spent the last decade in college coaching. His two seasons as defensive coordinator, 2007 at Hampden-Sydney and 2011 at Christopher Newport, resulted in conference championships for both teams.
He has five years of experience at the highest level of college football, including two years as a graduate assistant at West Virginia (2005-06) and three years on the staff at Michigan (2008-10). He was the outside linebackers and safeties coach for the Wolverines during his last season in 2010.
In 2012, Braithwaite helped coach one of the top defensive units in the Southern Conference. Junior D.J. Key earned first team All-SoCon recognition under his tutelage, while Chattanooga finished second in the league in total defense.
Braithwaite is replacing Adam Fuller, who left last month to be the linebackers coach at Marshall after four seasons as the Mocs defensive coordinator.
"He was considered right off the bat," added Huesman. "Coach Fuller and I talked about it when Coach Fuller was getting ready to leave. He has done it before, he has been a coordinator. He knows the defense and I trust him."