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ETSU's Forbes to speak at Sports Council Luncheon

Tammy Kinser, community contributor • Jul 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM

The annual Greeneville-Greene County Sports Council’s Luncheon, a project of the Tourism Department of the Greene County Partnership, will feature East Tennessee State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Forbes as its guest speaker.

The event will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 17. Consumer Credit Union is the title sponsor for the Sports Council Luncheon, and tables as well as individual tickets are on sale at the Greene County Partnership offices as well as at CCU’s main office and branches.

One of Division 1 basketball’s up-and-coming head coaches, Forbes led ETSU to a 25-9 finish this past season. The Buccaneers won the Southern Conference regular season title as well as the tournament championship in 2017, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Forbes is 76-29 in three years at ETSU.

A native of Lone Tree, Iowa, Forbes graduated from Southern Arkansas University in 1988 with a degree in secondary education. Forbes spent one year at his alma mater as the sports information director before embarking on a coaching career. He spent two years (1989-91) as an assistant coach at Southwestern Community College before being promoted to head coach. In 1993, Forbes became an assistant at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, where he was promoted to the head coach of the team in 1995. He spent three years at Louisiana Tech (2000-2003), where he helped sign two nationally-ranked recruiting classes including a top-10 class in 2003. He also coached at Illinois State (2003-2004).

In 2004, Forbes became an assistant coach under Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M, and helped turn the Aggies from a team that hadn't received a postseason invitation in 11 years to a program that averaged more than 21 wins in his two seasons and advanced to postseason play both years. It was then that Forbes came to Tennessee in 2006 as an assistant coach under Bruce Pearl. In the five seasons at Tennessee, Forbes helped coach the Vols to an average of 26 wins per year, and advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

In 2011, the same year Forbes left Tennessee, he was hired by Northwest Florida State - a junior college - to serve as its head coach. During his two-year tenure, he coached the Raiders to a 62-6 record and had five of his junior college players transfer to Division I schools in the offseason. Forbes' performance at Northwest Florida State caught the attention of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall who hired him as an assistant in 2013. From there, on March 30, 2015, Forbes was named the head coach of the ETSU men's basketball team. He is the 16th head coach in the program’s 95-year history.

For more information on becoming a sponsor of the event or to purchase tickets, contact Tammy Kinser at (423) 638-4111 or by email at [email protected] or contact ticket chairman Chad Mitchel at (423) 552-6758 or [email protected]

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