Robert  Gillespie

Robert Gillespie

Running Backs Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Florida '05

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  • Been a part of teams that have appeared in 12 bowl games including Vols 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Championship and two conference championships (as a player with Florida in 2000, as a coach with West Virginia in 2011)
  • Coached in eight bowl games, including the TaxSlayer (2015), Pinstripe (2012), Orange (2011), Alamo (2010), Cotton (2010, 2009 season), Outback (2009), Liberty (2006), and Independence (2005)
  • In addition to running backs duties with the Vols, was promoted to recruiting coordinator on Feb. 6, 2015
  • In his eight seasons as a running backs coach, his teams are a combined 77-49 (.611)
  • In 2014, mentored Jalen Hurd to the best rushing season by a Vols' true freshman since eventual NFL MVP Jamal Lewis in 1997
  • In his first season with the Vols helped RB Rajion Neal to a 1,000 yard season, the first Vol to achieve the feat in the regular season since 2009. Neal finished with 1,124 yards in 2013
  • In 2013, Vols overall rushed for 2,261 yards, the most since 2004 and the third-most in the last 16 seasons since 1998
  • Served as running backs coach at West Virginia under Dana Holgorsen (2011-12), at Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy (2009-10), and at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier (2005 as GA/Video, 2006-08 as running backs coach)
  • The 2012 Mountaineers team rushed for 171.8 yards per game, almost a 50 yards per game improvement over the team's 2011 total (122.7)
  • In 2012, coached running back Andrew Buie, who rushed for a career-high 207 yards at Texas
  • Coached current NFL running backs Kendall Hunter (San Francisco 49ers) and Keith Toston (Jacksonville Jaguars) at Oklahoma State. Hunter was an All-American for OSU in 2010 and played in Super Bowl XLVII for the 49ers
  • Coached three All-Big 12 runners at Oklahoma State: Hunter, Toston, and fullback Bryant Ward
  • At OSU in 2010, Hunter was ninth in the nation with 1,548 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns for a Cowboys offense that ranked No. 3 nationally in total offense. The Cowboys rushed for 2,267 yards that season (174.4 yards per game) and led the conference in rushing offense in Big 12 games at 187.8 yards per game
  • In his first season as the Gamecocks' running backs coach, the team averaged 144.3 rushing yards, jumping the team's rushing offense ranking from No. 108 the year before to No. 49 while producing a 61 percent increase in rushing yards
  • Four-year letterman at Florida at running back that rushed for 1,854 yards and served as team captain in 2001. Graduated from Florida in 2005
  • Ended his Florida career ranking second all-time for the Gators in receptions (96) and receiving yards (1,091) by a running back
  • A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., he and his wife, Crystal, have a daughter, Nola (3), and a son, Wynston (2)



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