GREENEVILLE — 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. to 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall in Greeneville. 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 reinstated the football program in 2015 and then retired after the 2017 season.
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 quarterback 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 to 1988, 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’ quarterback coach in 1989 and 1990 under head coach Johnny Majors. During the 17 years at his alma mater, the Vols compiled a record of 162-46-2. During 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’ quarterback coach, before taking over as offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012. He enjoyed one of the most successful five-year stretches in Florida State history. After 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.
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 Association 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. 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.
Tickets are $25 each or $20 in group of 10 or more and are available at the Greene County Partnership office at 115 Academy Street from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For ticket information for groups or individuals, contact Mitchel at [email protected] or (423) 552-6758 or Tammy Kinser at [email protected] or (423) 638-4111.