Mocs Braithwaite Excited With New Coordinator's Job
Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Mocs didn't go far to find a new defensive coordinator this off-season. When Adam Fuller left, UTC safeties coach Adam Braithwaite was picked to replace him. And he plans to pick up where his predecessor left off.
Adam Braithwaite might be a clone of the Mocs defensive-minded head coach in Russ Huesman. Huesman jokes he never watches the offense, and apparently Braithwaite doesn't either. "During a game, they'll say did you see that play by Terrell? I have no idea. I'm totally focused on the defense. I coached on offense my first year of college coaching. Coached wide receivers. Didn't have any idea what I was doing. I've been on defense now for ten years, so that's all I know at this point."
Braithwaite enjoys the challenge of overseeing the entire defense. "I look forward to being in a leadership role. Look forward to the challenges that come with that. Just very fortunate to have this opportunity."
Braithwaite doesn't plan many changes for the Mocs defense, and why would he. UTC was second in the SoCon in both scoring defense and total defense last season. Plus they return ten starters. Said Braithwaite,"We have some good players. We have a lot of experience coming back, so that always makes things easier. We're just trying to build on what we've accomplished so far."
But Braithwaite has to make sure the Mocs don't rest on those accomplishments. "Creating competition within your position group or within your unit is probably the best motivator there. Just finding a way to create competition. Develop depth. Our goal is just for each individual to improve, so that we can hit the summer running, and really build on what we've done. Just come into fall camp ready to go."