Defensive Coordinator / Safeties
Scott Shafer, regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football, is in his second season on Rick Stockstill’s staff as 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.
Tommy West, who has 36 years of collegiate coaching experience, including stints as a head coach at three different schools, is in his fifth 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.
Siriki Diabate, a former player for current MT defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, is in his second season on Rick Stockstill’s staff. Diabate coaches the linebackers.
Kenneth Gilstrap, a former player for Rick Stockstill at Middle Tennessee, begins his first season as a full-time member of the Blue Raider coaching staff. Gilstrap, known as an aggressive recruiter, will coach the cornerbacks.
Dustin Royston, who worked as a graduate assistant on Rick Stockstill’s staff in 2017, was hired as the programs 10th assistant coach in February 2018. Royston worked with the defense as a graduate assistant and will now help Tommy West with the defensive line.