Staff
Head Coach
Jerry Odom

Jerry Odom was named the head football coach at Tusculum College on Dec. 14, 2015. He becomes the 17th head football coach in program history and the fourth since the reinstatement of the sport in 1991.

Odom, a 25-year football coaching veteran, boasts a strong lineage of experience at the collegiate and professional ranks where he has mentored 15 NFL players and coached in five postseason bowl games including the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Outback Bowl.

The Merritt Island, Florida native served six seasons as the associate head coach at NCAA-FCS Jacksonville University from 2010-2015 where he was the chief architect of some of the best defensive units in JU history. While at the Jacksonville, Florida school, Odom helped guide the Dolphins to 47-19 overall record, including a pair of 9-2 campaigns in his last two years at JU.

In 2015, his defense led the nation for a second consecutive year with 20 interceptions, while also forcing 10 fumbles resulting in 30 turnovers gained, the third-best tally in the country. The Dolphins finished 2015 ranked 11th in team tackles for loss, 11th in team sacks (33), 12th in passing efficiency defense (104.7), 15th in scoring defense (19.1 ppg), 17th in red zone defense (68.4%), 23rd in total defense (326.2 ypg) and 23rd in rushing defense (127.4 ypg).

In 2014, Odom’s defense led the country with 24 interceptions and was the Pioneer League statistical champion for scoring defense (17.5 ppg – 6th in NCAA-FCS), passing efficiency defense (98.9 – 3rd in NCAA-FCS) and turnovers gained (33 – 2nd in NCAA-FCS). The Dolphins were also nationally-ranked in total defense (334.5 ypg – 23rd in NCAA-FCS) and rushing defense (135.9 ypg – 19th in NCAA-FCS).

During his tenure at Jacksonville, 47 defensive players earned All-Conference recognition, including a Pioneer League-best 10 honorees in 2015.

Prior to joining the JU staff, Odom was the associate head coach and special teams coordinator with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League from 2008-2009. The Soul tied the AFL single-season wins record with 17 victories, while capturing the world championship.

Odom was also the head coach at Coffee County High School in Douglas, Georgia from 2005-2007. His teams posted a 22-12 record for the best three-year run in school history. After going 4-6 in his first season, the Trojans put together back-to-back nine-win campaigns for the first time ever. For his efforts, he was named the 2006 Region 1-5A Coach of the Year, which has been recognized as the toughest high school football region in the country by USA Today.

From 2003-2005, Odom was the defensive coordinator/special teams coordinator at East Carolina University. While at the Greenville, North Carolina program, ECU led Conference USA in kickoff returns, punt returns and kickoff coverage. While with the Pirates, Odom also recruited the likes of running back Chris Johnson, who went on to become the NFL’s leading rusher in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans.

From 2000-2002, he served as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Florida as Odom helped lead the Gators to a top-10 ranking in total defense in each of his three seasons in Gainesville. He mentored All-Southeastern Conference linebacker Andra Davis, who finished as a national semifinalist for the 2001 Butkus Award. His linebacker corps sparked a Gator defense that was ranked 18th nationally. Florida went 28-10 during that three-year span, including a 10-3 record while capturing the 2000 SEC Championship and advanced to the Sugar Bowl. The 2001 team went 10-2 and knocked off Maryland in the Orange Bowl. Florida finished 8-5 the next year and earned a bid to the Outback Bowl.

Odom played collegiately at Florida where he was a four-year letterman at inside linebacker for the Gators from 1987-1990. He started in every game in his junior and senior campaigns on a defense that was among the nation’s top-five in total defense in 1988, 1989 and 1990. His senior squad tied for first place in the 1990 SEC standings with a 9-2 record as he led the Gators in tackles for a second consecutive season while earning All-SEC third team honors. He was an All-SEC Freshman Team selection in 1987 and was tabbed to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1990 while also serving as the Gators’ team captain.

Odom served as a graduate assistant coach on the Florida staff in 1991 as the Gators won the SEC Championship with a 10-2 record and played in the Sugar Bowl.

He has coached at various high schools in Florida and also served as a graduate assistant at Texas Christian University under Pat Sullivan.

Odom graduated from Florida in 1991 while majoring in health and human performance with a minor in education.

He is married to the former Donna Carter of Charleston, South Carolina and they are the parents of two sons, Reid and Clay.

Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator (QB)
Brian Ferguson

Brian Ferguson joined the Tusculum coaching staff in January of 2016 and has nearly two decades of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and professional level. In 2017, he was promoted to the post of associate head coach and will serve as TC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

He served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Pioneers during the 2016 campaign.

Prior to his arrival in Greeneville, he served two seasons as an assistant coach at Jacksonville University. He brings nearly two decades of coaching experience at the high school, college and professional level to Tusculum.

Ferguson was the quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins in 2015 after serving as the assistant offensive line coach in 2014. Jacksonville won the Pioneer Football League championship during the 2014 season and finished with a record of 10-2 as Ferguson assisted the head coach and offensive coordinator in the multiple pro offense philosophy. He was also responsible for teaching and developing fundamental skills of the offensive line in the running and passing game.

Ferguson also coached for five seasons with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League, helping the team win the 2011 ArenaBowl championship and compiling a 10-4 record as interim head coach, including an appearance in ArenaBowl XXVIII, during the 2015 season. While with the Sharks, Ferguson was defensive line coach, offensive line coach, assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and director of player personnel.

Prior to his arrival in Jacksonville, Ferguson spent two seasons at Division II Tiffin University, where he was wide receivers coach in 2009 and running game coordinator, offensive line and running backs coach during the 2010 season. Ferguson was also the team's strength coach and was the assistant special teams coordinator.

Ferguson also has experience at the high school level, having spent two years as an assistant at Bartram Trail High School near Jacksonville (2007-08) and two years at East Lake High School near Tampa (2003-04).

Ferguson was a strength coach assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League in both 2005 and 2008, with responsibilities for assisting the strength and conditioning coach in all areas of the program, both in the weight room and through drills. Ferguson was also assistant strength coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

He also spent three seasons (2001-03) as assistant coach and strength coach with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, helping the franchise to back-to-back appearances in the World Bowl. Under his tutelage, the Fire had the league's top rushing offense in 2002 and ranked second in both 2001 and 2003.

Ferguson participated in training camp with the Jaguars in 2003 and 2004 and the Buccaneers in 1999 and 2002, and was a head coach for the College All-Star National Bowl in 2014. He also was a volunteer strength coach at the University of South Florida in 2001 and was an assistant for the Florida High School Shrine All-Star Bowl in 2008.

Ferguson has been involved with Project Alaska Turf, which was a fundraiser to build a turf football field at Barrow High School in order to reduce high rates of teen suicide, dropout and drug usage. He was also one of six coaches selected to participate in the Band of Brothers Training Camp at Barrow, which was designed to help the coaches and players succeed in life on and off the football field.

Ferguson is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado and played three years at Adams State University before earning a bachelor of science degree from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in exercise sports science. Ferguson later earned a master of arts in human performance physical education at Adams State, with an emphasis in coaching. He is a USA Weight Lifting Sports Performance Coach and a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach.

Brian and his wife Mary Beth Ferguson are the proud parents of five children: Blayne, Bryce, Brynn, Brock and Bristol.

ssistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator (LB's)
Mike Klein

Mike Klein joined the Tusculum coaching staff in 2016. He will be mentoring the linebacker corps while also serving as the program's strength and conditioning coorindator.

In his first season at Tusculum, he coached the TC bandit outside linebackers and defensive tackles in 2016.

Before coming to Greeneville, Klein served as defensive coordinator at his prep alma mater New Smyrna Beach High School. He helped orchestrate an amazing turnaround as the team posted a 6-4 record following a 2-8 campaign. Five student-athletes on his defense have advanced to the collegiate level.

Klein was a four-year starting linebacker at Jacksonville University where he was mentored by current TC head coach Jerry Odom. Klein helped the Dolphins to a pair of Pioneer Football League championships while earning All-PFL honors on two occasions.

In 2014, he recorded 29 tackles, including 13 solo stops with a pair of interceptions. He preceded that by garnering All-PFL second team accolades as he led the team with 76 tackles (16th in PFL). His 2013 tackle tally was the most by a JU linebacker since 2009. He added seven tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, forced a fumble and recovered another.

He finished his collegiate career with 170 tackles, including 90 solo hits and 80 assists.

The New Smyrna Beach, Florida native graduated from Jacksonville in 2014 with a degree in economics and was a member of the PFL Academic

Assistant Coach (RB's)
Brandon Jackson
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (WR)
JJ Laster
Assistant Coach (Bandit/DT/Special Teams Coordinator)
Chuck Bell
Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
Ben Luther
Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
Chaz Scales
Assistant Coach (NG/Ends)
Jamere Hogue
Graduate Assistant Coach (TE)
Garrett Miller