As it sits right now, East Tennessee State head coach Carl Torbush has two coaches on staff as they prepare for their first season in 2015. They plan to play a handful of games against club team within a 3 hour radius this season.
Defensive coordinator Billy Taylor and defensive backs coach Teddy Gaines are the only full time coaches on staff as it sits right now, and Torbush said that he hopes his next hire is an offensive coordinator, and has fielded well over 300 applicants since the end of the 2013 season.
More than eye popping statistics, or an impressive list of references, Torbush says that he's looking to hire coaches that want to make ETSU a destination location, not a stepping stone.
“A lot of guys are just wanting to move up the ladder. I know that’s the nature of the business, but I don’t want coaches who will be here a year and then leave."
"You have to have stability. If you don’t, it’s like having a different mom and dad every year." he explained to the Johnson City Press.
“I’m not looking for another job, and it’s the same with Billy and Teddy. We love East Tennessee and want to be here. That’s the kind of coaches we’re looking for.”
Ask established, successful coaches at various conventions or clincics this off season for a nugget of career advice, and most of them will reply with something along the lines of "make the most of the opportunity you have, don't take a job with your next career step in mind". Hiring dedicated coaches is especially important for a program that's just getting restarted, and Torbush recognizes that. So as impressive as your resume might be, that's something worth keeping in mind as you apply for other jobs this off season.