JEFFERSON CITY — Nick Reveiz spent plenty of time tackling running backs during his career as a linebacker at Tennessee. Now he’s going to be coaching them at Carson-Newman.
Eagles coach Ken Sparks, who announced Reveiz’s new job details Friday, originally hired the former Volunteer in January as a graduate assistant to coach the linebackers alongside defensive coordinator Mike Clowney.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Reveiz said in a release from the school. “The whole reason I got into coaching was to make an impact on people’s lives for a lifetime.”
Reveiz closed out his UT career in 2010 when he totaled a 108 tackles, including a career-high 14 against North Carolina in the Music City Bowl.
Sparks said he’s confident in Reveiz’s coaching abilities regardless of position.
“He’s a student of the game and he’ll be good at any position because he will impact lives,” Sparks said. “He’ll get close to kids and motivate them in a positive way. That’s what makes any coach special — one who can motivate players.”
C-N assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Mike Turner and Reveiz have a strong stable of backs to work with in the upcoming season. Brandon Baker, Tyron Douglas and Andy Hibbett accounted for 2,932 of the Eagles’ 4,543 yards on the ground in 2012, compiling a total of 31 rushing touchdowns.
“First thing Coach Turner told me, if this is going to be my first gig as an assistant coach, this is the group of guys you want,” Reveiz said. “I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to learn.”
The Eagles kick off the season on Sept. 5 against Wayne State.