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Greene County Partnership Sports Council Event Scores East Tennessee Head Football Coach as Speaker

15 Jul, 2019


The Greene County Partnership’s annual Sports Council luncheon is set for Tuesday, July 16, with East Tennessee State University Head Football Coach Randy Sanders as the guest speaker.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Consumer Credit Union is the title sponsor for the luncheon, and tables as well as individual tickets are on sale now!

Sanders was named ETSU’s football coach on Dec. 17, 2017, becoming the 12th head coach in program history. He replaced Carl Torbush, who retired after the 2017 season after reinstating the football program in 2015 after a hiatus of several years.

A native of Morristown, Sanders has spent 29 years coach on the Football Bowl Subdivision level, with stints as offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida State. Sanders was the offensive coordinator for the Volunteers when they won the 1998 BCS National Championship, and he was quarterbacks coach at Florida State when the Seminoles claimed the 2013 National Championship.

He played a part in either coaching or recruiting a pair of No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft – Peyton Manning (1998) at Tennessee and Jameis Winston (2015) at Florida State. He has coached in 26 bowl games.

Sanders, who played collegiately at Tennessee from 1984-88, began his coaching career at Tennessee in 1989, and during the 17 years at his alma mater, the Vols compiled a record of 162-46-2 (.776). Over his run in Knoxville, Tennessee won four SEC championships and six Eastern Division crowns in addition to its national title

Following his time at Tennessee, Sanders remained in the SEC as he went to Kentucky to spend the first three years as the Wildcats’ quarterbacks coach, before taking over as offensive coordinator from 2009-12.

Sanders enjoyed one of the most successful five-year stretches in Florida State history. Since his arrival in 2013, Florida State totaled 53 wins, two ACC titles, won the 2013 National Championship and he coached a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

Sanders earned four varsity letters and was a four-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll at Tennessee. He stayed at Tennessee after graduating and started his coaching career as the Vols’ quarterbacks coach in 1989 and 1990 under head coach Johnny Majors.

In the 2019 season under Sanders’ guidance, the Buccaneers finished with an 8-4 worksheet and advanced to the FCS Playoffs for only the second time in school history before losing in the first round to Jacksonville State.

“The Sports Council is excited to host Coach Randy Sanders at the 2019 annual luncheon”, stated Chad Mitchel, ticket chair and member of the Council.  “It is our mission to serve as a catalyst to enhance local economic and community growth through the promotion and development of tourism and sporting events in Greeneville/Greene County, TN. The dollars raised from this luncheon fund our advertising efforts to groups such as the National Junior College Athletic Assoc. and other sports groups seeking host communities for their championships.”

Consumer Credit Union has been the title sponsor of the Sports Council Luncheon since its inception seven years ago.  “I am honored for Consumer Credit Union to sponsor the Sports Council Luncheon again this year”, stated Sam Miller, President and CEO of CCU.  “And as always, It’s a great day to be an American!”

For ticket information for groups or individuals, contact Mitchel at  cmitchel@mmbinsurance.com or 423-552-6758 or Tammy Kinser @ tkinser@greenecop.com or 423-638-4111.  Tickets are available now at the Greene County Partnership office at 115 Academy Street Monday through Friday 8:30-5 p.m.  Tickets are $25 each or $20 in groups of 10 or more. 

The event is titled sponsored by Consumer Credit Union.  Other sponsors include: American Greetings, Davy Crocket Travel Center, Due North Media, Grand Rental Station, Greeneville Federal Bank, Greeneville Light & Power, Leonard & Assoc., McInturff, Milligan & Brooks, MECO, SumiRiko Tennessee, Inc., The General Morgan Inn, The Greeneville Sun, Tusculum University Athletics, and WGRV.

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