Defensive Coordinator / Safeties
Scott Shafer, regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football, begins his first season on Rick Stockstill’s staff as the programs defensive coordinator. Shafer was out of football in 2016 but prior to that season spent seven years at Syracuse, including the final three as head coach.
Recruiting Coordinator / Cornerbacks
Steve Ellis is in his ninth season on Rick Stockstill’s staff and his third as recruiting coordinator. Ellis will handle the cornerbacks for the ninth straight year.
David Bibee is in his second stint at Middle Tennessee, having joined Rick Stockstill’s staff in 2008 after two years at Chattanooga. Bibee, who coached the Blue Raider safeties his first nine seasons, will be in charge of the linebackers in 2017.
Tommy West, who has 35 years of collegiate coaching experience, including stints as a head coach at three different schools, is in his fourth year on Rick Stockstill’s staff after spending the 2012 campaign at Southern Miss as the school’s defensive coordinator. West was out of coaching in 2013 and was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at UAB in 2011.