University of the Cumberlands
John Bland Image
Head Coach - 7th Season

John Bland is entering his 8th season as the head football coach for the Patriots, having finished the 2012 campaign 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Division.  The team finished second in the eastern division and earned a final National ranking of 7th.  That ranking secured a home playoff spot which resulted in a victory in the 1st round of the National Playoffs. The Patriots had 14 players represented on the All MSC-East Team and 2 Conference Players of the Year.  

From 2006 through 2012, Bland has lead the Patriots to 4 conference championships, 5 NAIA Playoff appearances, captured the Brass Lantern 6 out of 7 times, has been named MSC Coach of the Year 4 times and Regional Coach of the Year once in 2008.  His total record at Cumberlands is 57-20 and his overall record as a head coach is 62-25.  Since 2006, there has been 91 All Conference players, 19 All-Americans, 8 Conference Players of the Year, 45 Academic All-Conference selections, and 12 Academic All-Americans.  In 2009 and 2010, the American Football coaches Association(AFCA), selected P.J. Hughes ('09) and Madison McCalmon ('10) to the All State Good works team.   







T-2nd in MSC East



MSC East Champs, Lost in 1st round



MSC East Champs, Lost in 2nd Round



MSC East Champs, Lost in 1st Round



MSC West Champs, Lost in 1st Round



T-2nd MSC West

2012 10-2

2nd MSC East

Overall Record at Cumberlands



Career Record




Bland came to the Patriots after spending five years as the quarterbacks coach at NCAA Division I-A Rice University in Houston, Texas. While at Rice, Bland under Ken Hatfield's reign, was instrumental in assisting the Owls' in gaining the most wins in a season since 1953 with an 8-4 record in 2001. Since that time, Rice was sixth in the nation in rushing in 2002, second in 2003, and led the nation in 2004. Bland's quarterbacks accounted for almost one-third of the team's rushing totals during that time and in 2003 his quarterback was the first in Rice history to rush and pass for 2000 yards in a career.

Prior to Rice, Bland coached at NCAA Division II Southern Arkansas University. Bland served as an assistant coach from 1994-1999 and was promoted to head coach in 2000. While there, Bland's offense broke several school and conference records, led the conference in scoring in 1998 and 1999, and was among the conference leaders in most offensive categories. In 1997, the Muleriders won the Gulf South Conference championship and were ranked 10th nationally.

Bland also gained invaluable experience at Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee where he served as an assistant coach for two years. In graduate school, at Auburn University, he worked as a graduate assistant under Pat Dye and while completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas he served as a student assistant.

Bland spent his collegiate playing days at the University of Arkansas where he was a four year letterman as a quarterback. While in Fayetteville, Bland helped the Razorbacks to four consecutive bowl appearances in the Holiday, Liberty, Orange, and Cotton Bowls. He was named the permanent captain for the 1988 Southwest Conference Championship squad that competed in the Cotton Bowl.

Coach Bland holds a master's degree in Kinesiology from Auburn University and a bachelor's degree, also in Kinesiology, from the University of Arkansas. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Bland is a graduate of Farragut High School where he was an All-State recipient playing at the quarterback and defensive back positions.

"I am thankful to God to have been given the opportunity to coach and have such a supportive family. I believe University of the Cumberlands is a quality university in a nice, small town and a great place to raise a family. My passion and calling, I feel, is to help mold young men into leaders of our community. At Cumberlands, the environment allows me the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the student-athletes lives. The chance to see young men develop spiritually, academically, and athletically is one of the most appealing aspects," said Bland.

UC Athletic Director Randy Vernon stated, "We are very happy and fortunate to have Coach Bland on our athletic staff. His qualifications and experience are second to none and Cumberlands football program will benefit under his leadership. He is a quality individual and his morals and standards are a perfect fit for what University of the Cumberlands is trying to pass along to our student-athletes."

Coach Bland and his wife, Candis, reside in Williamsburg with their three children, Shreve, Jade, and Bo.

Email me: [email protected]
Call me: 606-539-4451
My recruiting areas are: Tennessee counties: Anderson, Benton, Blount, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Henderson, Knox, Loudon, Madison, McNairy, Roane, Sevier, and Weakley. 


Last Updated 8/1/12



2012 Football Roster
Roster for 2012 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Alan-Michael AgeeFROLB6-0170Knoxville, TN
Cody BakerFROL6-2285Cartersville, GA
Bryce BellFRDE5-11220Dallas, GA
Montrell BerryFRRB5-10190Tullahoma, TN
Ryan BerrySORB6-0205Sardinia, OH
Chris BlakeFROLB6-2190Shelby, KY
Cameron Brantley*FROL6-0270Thomaston, GA
John BrewerFRLB6-2235Wooten, KY
Christian Brislenn*FROL6-4300Franklin, OH
Ricky BucklerJRRB5-9180Bellevue, KY
James BullockFRWR6-2170Hudson, FL
Gray BunchFRLB5-10190Powell, TN
Tyler BurgeFROL6-1220Buford, GA
Noah BurrisFRLB6-1215Cambridge, OH
Lucas ButtonFRLB6-2220Dry Ridge, KY
Drew ChambersFRDL6-1260Signal Mountain, TN
Chase ClineFRRB5-7172Maryville, TN
Brent CopelandFRQB6-1190Bremen, GA
Ben CornettJRRB5-11180Harlan, KY
Thomas CrewsFROLB5-9180Ashville, AL
Darrell CrossFR  
Dallas DefoorFRDB6-1180Gainesville, GA
Keith DeVeauxFRRB6-0185McDonough, GA
Dontre' DouseFRDB6-0180Savannah, GA
Taylor DunnFROL6-2280Strawberry Plains, TN
Slater EckertFRQB5-10180Locust Grove, GA
Ryan EdenfieldFROL6-1235Cumming, GA
Tyler EdwardsSORB5-7180Hartsville, TN
Dean EwingFRRB6-1205Maysville, GA
Laderemy FielderJRLB5-11215Rome, GA
Rodney GoinsFRDL5-10218Butler, KY
Josh GreenwellFRLB6-1210Radcliff, KY
Kyle GriffinFRTE6-3215Warner Robbins, GA
Gatlin HatchelFRQB6-0180Dresden, TN
Isaiah HayesFRLB5-10210Chattanooga, TN
Bobby HendricksFRDB5-10175Chattanooga, TN
Parker HenshawFRLB5-10205Lynchburg, TN
John HilesFROL6-2257Lexington, KY
Sam HurstFROL5-10230Dacula, GA
Aking IshmaelFRWR5-9170Marietta, GA
Tyler JacksonFRDB6-2180Somerset, KY
Gabriel JeffersonFR  
Ty JohnsonFRDB5-10180Corryton, TN
Keon JonesSOWR6-0170Merrillville, IN
Tyler JonesFROL6-4290London, KY
Kris KeohaneFROL5-11260Huntsville, AL
David KilgoreFROLB5-9180Carrolton, GA
Ethan LakeFRWR5-9190Berea, KY
John MadonFROL6-0225Williamsburg, KY
Travis ManningSODL5-11190Murray, KY
Tyler MartinFRDL6-1245Crossville, TN
Wyatt McAfeeFROLB6-0175Madison, AL
Seth McCoyFRK5-11200Corbin, KY
Christopher McElrathFRDL6-1230Boaz, AL
Jared McKenzieFRLB6-0195Tullahoma, TN
Caleb Menefee*FROL5-11230Millton, FL
Anthony MezaJRLB5-10215Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Gary MillowayFRLB5-9200Cumming, GA
Noah MillsFRDL6-2220Bremen, GA
Logan MizeFRRB6-0175Irvine, KY
Justin NewmanFRATH6-2190Maryville, TN
Shun QuallsFRDB5-9155Cleveland, TN
Jacob RatliffFROL5-10215Amelia, OH
Elijah RedmondFRDB5-9185Forest Park, GA
Jake RobbinsFROL5-8230Sevierville, TN
Erasmo RodriguezFRK5-10150Douglasville, GA
Kyrie RodriguezFRRB5-10205Roanoke Rapids, NC
Andrew Root*FRLB5-10210Williamsburg, KY
Brandon RushFRDB5-8168Jonesboro, GA
Christopher SharpeFRRB6-1185Vidalia, GA
Lee SmithFRLB6-0205Dawsonville, GA
David StableFRDB5-9170Savannah, GA
Benjamin StaggsFRDL6-0225Pikeville, KY
Troy SticklerSOTE6-3215Rockwood, TN
Brian StillsFROLB5-7180Fayetteville, GA
Eli StoutFRQB5-10160Whitwell, TN
Bryan StovallFRRB5-9190Bowling Green, KY
Zach TaylorFROL6-0250Villa Rica, GA
Teddarius TeasleyFROLB6-1180Gainesville, GA
Jack ThompsonFR  
Woody ThompsonSOWR/DB6-0175Kingston, TN
Devon TurczynFRRB5-10185Hartsville, TN
Davis TurnbullFRWR5-10170Roswell, GA
Caleb TurnipseedFROL6-2240Denver, IN
Eric Van DykeFRLB5-11195Dresden, TN
Copeland WestFRLB6-1225Lenoir City, TN
Austin WhisenhuntFROLD5-11175Ashville, AL
C.J. WhiteFRDE6-3240Alto, GA
Tyler WhiteFRDE6-1205Knoxville, TN
Austin WillisFROL/DS6-2250Jonesboro, TN
Kyle YarbroughFRDE6-1235Seebring, FL
Ronnie YearyFRRB5-9170Irvine, KY
1Willie GibsonJRWR6-0180Abbeville, GA
2Dekeldric FeltonSRWR5-11170Oglethorpe, GA
3Terrance CobbJRRB5-11220Knoxville, TN
4Iquan DeedSORB6-0205Montezuma, GA
5Jake MingaFRWR6-0190Clinton, TN
6Reggie MurrayJRDB6-0195Miami, FL
7Fred Byars, Jr.JRRB5-11200Atlanta, GA
8Dewaun HarrisonSOOLB6-3220Chickamauga, GA
9Cory YoungSOQB6-0180Waynesville, OH
10Phillip WellsSRQB5-11190Lafollette, TN
11Jay BrightSRQB6-1195Fayetteville, GA
12Bradley RamseyJRQB6-2200Morristown, TN
13Richard HutchisonSRDL5-10215Douglas, GA
15Randy MaynardFRQB6-0195Pikeville, KY
17Cory ClarkSODB6-2170Seymour, TN
18Matthias MaynardFRDB5-9170Dunedin, FL
19Ethan BrownSODB6-0180Dawsonville, GA
20Seth BrewtonSODB5-11170Corryton, TN
21Brendan KellySRDB5-9170Lexington, KY
22Chad BondSOWR5-11180Tullahoma, TN
23Cody DavidsonSRDB6-0190Sugar Hill, GA
24Faquan CalhounJRDB6-1205Lebanon, KY
25Harrison HendricksSODB5-11185Antioch, TN
26Brandon AdamsSOOLB6-1180Unadilla, GA
27Troy ArnoldSRDB6-0190Jacksboro, TN
28Stephen WellsSRDB5-11190Lafollette, TN
29Adrian HightowerJRDB5-9185Macon, GA
31D'Angelo JordanJRRB5-9205Jacksonville, FL
32Kevin KennedyFRDB5-9175Seymour, TN
33Keddron WestSR  
34Rico OgletreeFRDB5-7170Forsyth, GA
35Zack StroubSRTE6-2225Mt. Sterling, KY
36Zeke EierFRRB5-10210New Carlisle, OH
37Zach BalusikFRFB5-11225Greensburg, IN
38Dearrick LindseyFRRB5-10180Horse Cave, KY
39Brandon DuttonSOOLB5-10195Knoxville, TN
40Chandler PatrickFRLB6-0230Chattanooga, TN
41Jeremy GardnerJRLB6-0190Frankfort, KY
42Robert McCormickSODE5-11185Louisville, KY
43Kel McCarterJRLB6-0200Sevierville, TN
45Keontre WalkerJRLB5-11200Stockbridge, GA
48Weston HazelhurstJRLB5-11225Clinton, TN
49Austin ChadwickSOLB5-11210Cartersville, GA
50Nick SmithJRDL6-4246Knoxville, TN
51Cody PerkinsSODL/DS6-1190Williamsburg, KY
52Demetrius RogersFRDL6-2215Locust Grove, GA
53Terrell WilsonJRDL6-0265Calhoun, GA
54Jared StippertSODL6-3245Clearwater, FL
55Jonathan MorrellFROL6-0260Warner Robbins, GA
56Colby HitchcockSROL6-0290Loganville, GA
57Carson NewmanFRLB6-1218Jefferson, GA
58Tanner BakerSOOL6-3280Fayetteville, GA
59Ryan NorthcuttJROL6-3290Atlanta, GA
60Joe DauschaSOOL6-2290Huntland, TN
62Jeffery RobersonFRDL/DS5-11210Copperhill, TN
67Tor PetersonFROL6-2265Cumming, GA
72Austin SmithFROL6-2270Knoxville, TN
73William BarnesSROL6-4230Knox, TN
75B.J. ChanceyFROL6-3245Locust Grove, GA
76Tyler ThackerSROL6-2245Ranger, GA
77Shane TurnipseedJROL6-5325Denver, IN
78Drake FoxFROL6-1362Pickwick Dam, GA
80Daniel HarrisFRWR6-3185Dresden, TN
82Caleb MeltonFRTE6-0225Powell, TN
86Justin DyerSRK/P5-11190Woodburn, KY
88Al MerrickJRK/P5-11185Pineville, KY
89Mitchell MascaroJRK/P6-0185Knoxville, TN
91Zack BullSODE6-3230McDonough, GA
92Byron HowardSRDL5-11220Lexington, KY
93Kinyarda RileyFRDE5-10225Mableton, GA
94Airion BrittSRDL6-2230Statesboro, GA
95Jay BroughFROL5-10240Frankfort, KY
99Christian RobbinsFROL6-4275Keokee, VA
* Redshirt
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7th season
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