Rader, Downs receive promotions; Football adds three staff members


ETSU football head coach Randy Sanders announced on Thursday that Mike Rader and Gary Downs have been given promotions, while he also added three new members to the Buccaneers’ coaching staff. 

Rader, who was hired as ETSU’s wide receivers coach in February of 2015, will also be ETSU’s offensive coordinator, while Downs, who has been coaching the Bucs’ running backs since March 2015, has been giving recruiting coordinator responsibilities. 

Along with the title additions to the two current staff members, Sanders announced the additions of Price Partrick, Ryan Becker and Dallas Dickey. Partrick will coach quarterbacks and be the Director of Football Operations. Becker will take over coaching the tight ends and Dickey will be an offensive quality control coach. 

“I am pleased to announce the promotions of both Mike and Gary, while also adding Price, Ryan and Dallas to our staff,” said Sanders. “This group is excited for their new opportunities, and they are ready to continue growing this program.” 


Partrick, who has been at ETSU since March, spent the past four seasons on staff at Tennessee Tech. This spring season, Partrick worked as the Bucs’ tight ends coach as well as the Director of Football Operations. During his time in Cookeville, Partrick spent the 2017 season coaching outside linebackers and nickelbacks, along with serving as the Director of Football Operations. Partrick began his coaching career as a student assistant in 2014 where he worked with the wide receivers. He was then promoted to wide receivers coach in 2015 and worked as an offensive quality control coach and tight ends coach in 2016. The Chattanooga native has ties to the Southern Conference as he spent time on The Citadel roster in 2010. From there, he transferred to Chattanooga to rehab from shoulder surgeries, while Coach Watson Brown gave him a chance to play at Tennessee Tech. After another shoulder surgery forced Partrick to miss the 2012 season, he then played in three games in 2013 before suffering a career-ending surgery, which allowed him the chance to begin his coaching career. 


Becker comes to ETSU after spending the past season working as an assistant director of football operations/director of player personnel and recruiting at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. This past season, Penn had 14 players earn all-conference honors, while wide receiver Justin Watson – who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – earned all-American honors and was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. Becker’s duties also included assisting with the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, while creating weekly game plans and being responsible for film breakdown. Prior to his time at Penn, Becker worked with Coach Sanders and Coach Matt McCutchan at Florida State as an offensive quality control coach and graduate assistant. At Florida State, Becker primarily worked with the offensive line and quarterbacks, while also helping with game planning, running the defensive scout team, as well as assisting with scouting reports and recruiting. Becker coached in the 2015 Rose Bowl (College Football Playoff Game), 2015 Peach Bowl and 2016 Orange Bowl. As a player, Becker spent the 2009 season at Florida State where the Seminoles won the Gator Bowl, while he then transferred and completed his playing career at Pennsylvania. Becker, played quarterback at Penn from 2010-13, helped guide the Quakers to a pair of Ivy League championships in 2010 and 2012. In 25 career games, Becker threw for over 1,600 passing years and totaled 10 passing touchdowns.


Dickey was a four-year quarterback at West Georgia from 2012-15, before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. As a player, Dickey played in 34 games at West Georgia, while compiling school records in total yards (7,930), total plays (1,256), rushing yards (1,988), touchdowns (71), rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (20) and career wins (33), while ranking third in passing yards (5,942). As a senior, Dickey earned all-American and all-conference honors, while leading West Georgia back-to-back NCAA Division II Super Region titles and appearances in the national semifinals. Dickey was also a three-time all-academic selection. During his time as a graduate assistant this past season, Dickey helped coach five players who earned spots in NFL Mini Camps, two all-Americans, six all-conference players – the league’s Offensive Player of the Year – and four all-region selections.

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