Rick Stockstill

Date: Friday, January 27th
Lecture Topic: “Middle Tennessee Passing Game”

Beginning his 11th season at the helm of the Blue Raiders and among the longest tenured coaches in the country, Stockstill has captured a league title, won the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, made five bowl appearances, been bowl eligible seven times, earned two public recognition awards from the NCAA for APR success, appeared on television 92 times, produced six of the top eight crowds in Floyd Stadium history, and had back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time in 21 years.

Under his watch, the Blue Raiders have also produced seven all-American’s, including one academic all-American, three defensive players of the year, and two bowl game MVP’s. Middle Tennessee also became the first Sun Belt team to win 10 games in a season, and set the Floyd Stadium single-game attendance record under his leadership. He also has five NFL Draft picks with Erik Walden in 2008, Chris McCoy in 2010, Rod Issac in 2011, Jimmy Staten in 2014 and Kevin Byard in 2016. Byard became the second highest draft pick in school history (3rd round, 64th pick to Titans).

The veteran leader put the Blue Raiders in the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl after going an impressive 4-0 in the month of November behind a record-setting offense and a bend-but-don’t break opportunistic defense.

After 24 years as an assistant, Stockstill was given the chance to run his own program, and all he did was lead the Blue Raiders to a 2006 Sun Belt Conference championship, help set a new single-season attendance record, and take the program to its first postseason bowl game in the I-A era. Taking a Middle Tennessee team predicted to finish sixth in the Sun Belt during the preseason to a league title, Stockstill ended up as the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year while also garnering that honor from ESPN.com.

Stockstill, who made his way to Murfreesboro after spending the previous two years at South Carolina, has worked with legendary coaches Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Danny Ford, Tommy Bowden, Ken Hatfield, and Tommy West.

From 1989 to 2002, Stockstill was on the coaching staff at Clemson, where he helped lead the Tigers to some of their most proficient offensive performances in school history. He served in a variety of capacities during his tenure with Clemson, working as recruiting coordinator, wide receivers coach, co-offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks coach. One of his prize pupils was All-America wide receiver Rod Gardner, who was the number 15 pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. Stockstill played an integral role in Clemson’s offense, which set more than 100 school records from 1998 to 2002.

1983-84: Bethune-Cookman (Off. Coord./QB)
1985-88: UCF (Asst. Head Coach/WR)
1989-92: Clemson (Quarterbacks)
1993: Clemson (QBs/Passing Game Coordinator)
1994-95: Clemson (Co-Offensive Coord./WR)
1996-98: Clemson (Wide Receivers)
1999-2002: Clemson (WR/Recruiting Coord.)
2003: East Carolina (Offensive Coordinator/QB)
2004: South Carolina (WR/Recruiting Coord.)
2005: South Carolina (TE/Recruiting Coord.)
2006-Present: MT (Head Coach)


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