Randy Sanders was named ETSU football head coach on Dec. 17, 2017, becoming the 18th head coach in program history. Following the 2021 spring season, Sanders carries a 15-15 record at the helm of the Bucs following a shortened 4-2 season featuring a young ETSU squad. The Bucs competed in just six games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, narrowly missing the FCS playoffs as ETSU was the first team out of the seedings. The Blue & Gold earned a critical win over then-ranked No. 10 VMI, defeating the Keydets by the final score of 24-20 in Lexington, Va. Coach Sanders helped guide his squad to earning 22 postseason SoCon accolades, including the Defensive Player of the Year in Jared Folks and the Jacobs Blocking Award winner in Tre’mond Shorts. In his first season with the Blue & Gold, Sanders guided the Bucs to a share of the 2018 Southern Conference Championship in just his first season at the helm of the program. Under the direction of Sanders, the Bucs finished 8-4 in 2018, earning the program’s second-ever trip to the FCS playoffs. The eight wins were the most by a first-year head coach in Buccaneer history and the third-most in a single season in school history. Coach Sanders was labeled the SoCon Coach of the Year and was named a finalist for the STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award, while also coaching 13 players to All-SoCon teams and 19 All-American accolades in 2018. For more on Coach Sanders, click here.
The architect of one of the top rushing offenses in the FCS, Brent Thompson enters his fifth season as the head coach at The Citadel. Thompson owns an overall record of 26-20, including a program-record 10 wins during his first season in 2016. Under Thompson’s guidance, the Bulldogs have ranked in the top-10 in rushing offense each of the last four seasons. The Citadel ranked sixth nationally in 2019 at 268.2 yards per game, ninth in 2018 at 283.6 yards per game, second in 2017 at 294.6 yards per game and led the nation in 2016 at 348.2 rushing yards per game. For more on Coach Thompson, click here.