Randy Sanders
File:Randy Sanders visits KY Natl Guard 2010.jpg
Sanders visits the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2010.
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamEast Tennessee State
Biographical details
Born (1965-09-22) September 22, 1965 (age 54)
Morristown, Tennessee
Playing career
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (FCS Playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
SoCon (2018)

Randy Sanders (born September 22, 1965) is an American football coach who is currently the head coach at East Tennessee State University.

He is the only person to have been a part of both the very first and very last winning BCS National Title teams, having been quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the University of Tennessee in the first (1998) and quarterbacks coach for Florida State University in the last (2013).

As quarterbacks coach at University of Kentucky, Sanders' guidance helped André Woodson develop from an inconsistent performer into one of the top quarterbacks in the nation.[1][2] In 2013 at Florida State, Sanders led Jameis Winston to become the youngest player to win a Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to a 14–0 record and a national championship.

Playing careerEdit

A native of Morristown, Tennessee, Sanders played quarterback for Morristown East High School, where he compiled career totals of 290 completions on 573 attempts for 4,225 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions. During his senior year, he threw for 1,359 yards and 12 touchdowns, and was considered one of the top 100 recruits in the nation.[3] Sanders was a quarterback on the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1984 through 1988. Primarily a backup quarterback, he earned four varsity letters and was a four-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He was also the holder on special teams. After graduation, Sanders remained with Tennessee as a volunteer assistant coach, helping coach the quarterbacks in 1989 and 1990 under head coach Johnny Majors.

Coaching careerEdit


Sanders spent 22 seasons (1984–2005) as a player and coach at the University of Tennessee, including the last seven as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.[1] He was named offensive coordinator after the 1998 regular season, but was forced to resign after Tennessee went 5-6 in the 2005 season.


After the 2008 football season, Sanders's job description changed from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, after he helped guide the Wildcats to a third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history. With this change Sanders gave up his position as Kentucky's recruiting coordinator.[1]

Florida StateEdit

From 2013 to 2017, the teams that Sanders coached at Florida State totaled 53 wins, two ACC titles, and won the 2013 national championship. He also coached Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston, who went on to be the first pick in 2015 NFL Draft and selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[4]

East Tennessee StateEdit

On December 17, 2017, following the retirement of Carl Torbush earlier in the month, the East Tennessee State Buccaneers named Sanders as their eighteenth head coach.[5] On September 1, 2018, Sanders won his first game as a head coach defeating Mars Hill 28-7. [6] During Sanders first year as head coach, ETSU, initially predicted to finish second to last in preseason polls, finished the regular season 8-3, earning a share of the Southern Conference championship, and a 1st Round playoff spot against Jacksonville State.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Southern Conference) (2018–present)
2018 East Tennessee State 8–4 6–2 T–1st L FCS Playoffs First Round
East Tennnessee State: 8–4 6–2
Total: 8–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


External linksEdit

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