2017 Football Coaching Staff (Part 2)February 6, 2017
BREVARD, N.C. – This is the second installment of the 2017 Brevard College Football coaching staff. Part two introduces the offense side of the football and four key additions to the Tornados family.
Eric Gallon comes to the Tornados staff as a former Kansas State standout running back who collected numerous on-field accolades, including an All-Big Eight First Team selection in 1991, an All-Big Eight Second Team selection in 1992, and four Big Eight Player of the Week honors. Following his collegiate career, Gallon spent the 1993-1994 seasons with the New England Patriots. After taking time away from football, he returned to the gridiron in 2012, serving as the head football coach at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, FL. Gallon comes to Brevard as the assistant head coach and running backs specialist, having served in similar roles at Tennessee State University since 2014 and Youngstown State University from 2013-14 where he was also the assistant special teams coordinator.
In addition to assistant head coach Gallon, the Tornados also welcome a building block in offensive line coach Everett Lindsay. Lindsay joins the blue and white as a highly accomplished former offensive lineman and respected o-line coach. He enjoyed a stellar playing career both collegiately and in the NFL. After starting as a walk-on at the University of Mississippi, he eventually earned a scholarship, went on to be named a Consensus All-American, and was a finalist for the 1992 Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top offensive lineman. That same year he was named the Bomunagroup Offensive Lineman of the Year, chosen for Academic All-Southeastern Conference honors, and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Lindsay was selected in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings where he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team and was also the recipient of the 1993 Fred Zamberletti Award. During his 11 year NFL career, Lindsay started at all five offensive line positions, becoming one of only a handful of players to ever do so. He was also part of the 1998 Vikings team that set NFL scoring and offensive records, led by their coach, Mike Tice; quarterback, Dante Culpepper; and receivers, Randy Moss and Chris Carter. Following his illustrious professional career, Lindsay served as the Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach from 2004-06 before transitioning to BTI Sports in 2009 as an advisor for aspiring NFL offensive line prospects.
Quarterbacks coach Kenton Evans joins the 2017 staff following a formidable career as both a player and a coach. Evans was a standout high school football player at Westwood High School in Memphis, TN before taking his talents to the collegiate rankings after signing with the University of Memphis. He subsequently transferred to Tennessee State University where he was named All-OVC Honorable Mention, ESPN/USA Today Division 1-AA Player of the Week, and Southern Heritage Classic MVP. Following college, Evans spent eight seasons from 2001-08 with the Arena Football League before serving as an assistant coach at Cedar Grove High School in Decatur, Ga from 2007-08 and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Towers High School in 2009. Evans also had two different stints with Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia, GA, the first from 2010-12 and the second from 2014-15 where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Evans spent the 2013 season as the quarterbacks coach at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN and the 2014 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia Prep Sports Academy. Evans arrives at Brevard after one year with his high school alma mater, Westwood High, where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Receivers coach Andrew Bather enters his first year as a collegiate coach. He is a 2016 graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in Health Science, concentrating in Human Performance and Sports Sciences, with a focus in Physical Therapy. During his time at TSU, Bather caught 25 passes for over 200 yards while also recording numerous tackles and special teams highlights, including a blocked punt against Central State.
Part three of the 2017 coaching staff is set to be released tomorrow morning. Installment three takes a look at the defensive side of the football as well as special teams.