ETSU names Losey offensive line coach

Joe Avento • Jul 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Erik Losey is back to finish what he started.

Losey was hired as the offensive line coach for East Tennessee State's football team on Thursday, bringing him back to the place where he began his college playing career 12 years ago.

“What an honor to be part of such a defining moment for both East Tennessee State University and Johnson City,” Losey said. “It’s not every day that somebody gets the opportunity to be part of the resurrection of a football program, let alone one that means so much to those who have laid the foundation for ETSU football."

Losey began his college career as a center at ETSU in 2002. When the school disbanded the football program after the 2003 season, he went on to Western Kentucky, where he eventually became a first-team All-American. During his senior season, he graded out at a team-best 95 percent, didn’t allow a sack and reigistered 137 “pancake” blocks.

The Hixson native started all 47 games in his college career.

Losey spent last season as an assistant coach at Alcorn State. He also spent time coaching at Florida State, Campbell and Western Kentucky.

“We are thrilled to have Erik back as part of the ETSU family,” ETSU head coach Carl Torbush said. “He comes highly recommended by the coaches he has worked for and worked with, and they are coaches that I know and respect. His passion, expertise and knowledge will be instrumental in not only putting a quality product on the field, but in recruiting. Being from East Tennessee, playing at ETSU, and recruiting the areas we want him to recruit make Erik a perfect fit for ETSU football.”

Scott carter, ETSU senior associate athletic director, played on the 2002 ETSU team with Losey and remembers his former teammate fondly.

“Erik was a hard-nosed teammate with great leadership skills,” Carter said. “We are thrilled to have him back home at ETSU and a part of our football coaching staff. He is an asset to the program because he is both an excellent person and a great football coach.”

Losey is the fourth assistant Torbush has hired. He joins Billy Taylor, Teddy Gaines and Mike O'Cain on the staff.

"I consider it a privilege to be working under Coach Torbush and with the staff that he is assembling, and am looking forward to representing the Blue and Gold again,” Losey said.

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