Ryan Locke begins his fourth season at Cumberland University and his second in the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after spending the previous two years with the offensive line for the Bulldogs.
CU switched to a spread offense in Locke's first season as offensive coordinator but used the space created by the four wide receivers in the formation to chew up yards on the ground. The club ranked eighth nationally in rushing offense per game (248.6) and 10th in total rushing offense (2,735 yards) while 35 of the team's 40 offensive touchdowns last season came on the ground. Quarterbacks Broc Loveless and Reed Gurchiek combined for 1,346 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns while throwing for another 1,287 yards and five scores. Five offensive players earned All-Mid-South Conference honors, including Gurchiek and fullback Michael Nwokoji.
Cumberland ranked fourth in the nation in rushing offense per game (269.7) and fifth in total rushing offense (2,967 yards) as well as 13th in fewest sacks against per game (1.2) in 2012. The Bulldogs averaged 31.0 points per outing and running back Lemeco Miller broke single-season school records for total touchdowns (21) and rushing touchdowns (19) during Locke's time as offensive line coach.
Locke spent three seasons at the University of West Georgia, coaching fullbacks and tight ends, prior to coming to Cumberland. He assisted with the offensive game planning and run schemes as well as special teams while at UWG and also helped with team equipment, video and strength and conditioning. He recruited southeast Georgia and east central Alabama during his time with the Wolves.
He served as an offensive graduate assistant working primarily with the tight ends and special teams in 2007 at UAB, organizing and running the defensive scout team and offensive scouting reports, spotting opponent defenses during games and assisting with recruiting visits.
The Alexander City, Ala., native graduated from Troy University in 2007 after spending three seasons as a student assistant for the Trojans. He assisted with the offensive line all three years at Troy, charting offensive plays during his first season and spotting opponent defenses in the final two years.
He also served as the junior varsity offensive line coach, was responsible for offensive wristbands, assisted with recruiting visits and taught the Coaching Football class at Troy. The Trojans won the 2006 Sun Belt regular season championship and played in the 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl and 2006 New Orleans Bowl, defeating Rice, 41-17, in New Orleans.
Locke received his bachelor’s in Social Science Education from Troy in 2007 and also received an associate’s and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, Ala. He earned a Master’s of Science in Sport and Exercise Pedagogy at Cumberland in 2014. He is married to the former Lara Ellen Powell of Butler, Ala.
|2013||Assistant Coach||Cumberland Univ.||7-4|
|2012||Assistant Coach||Cumberland Univ.||8-3|
|2011||Assistant Coach||Cumberland Univ.||7-3|
|2010||Assistant Coach||West Georgia||3-7|
|2009||Assistant Coach||West Georgia||1-9|
|2008||Assistant Coach||West Georgia||0-10|
|2006||Student Assistant||Troy Univ.||8-5||New Orleans Bowl|
|2005||Student Assistant||Troy Univ.||4-7|
|2004||Student Assistant||Troy Univ.||7-5||Silicon Valley Bowl|