2017-18 Football
Tim Mathis
Head Coach
Buddy Brown
Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line
Bobby Brown
Running Backs
Brad Bustle
Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Elliott
Defensive Coordinator
Arnold Little
Linebackers
Tim Lounsbury
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Paul Pitts
Offensive Coordinator
Broc Loveless
Graduate Assistant
McFarland Murph
Graduate Assistant
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Tim Mathis

Tim Mathis

Head Coach

Phone (615) 547-1251
Email tmathis@cumberland.edu

Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced the hiring of Tim Mathis as head coach for the Phoenix on January 22, 2018. He becomes the sixth head coach since Cumberland restarted the program in 1990.

Mathis served as an assistant coach for 10 seasons at Shorter University when the Hawks started their program in the NAIA in 2005. He was the team’s offensive coordinator his last five years at Shorter, including during the transition to NCAA Division II.

Mathis was a member of the Shorter start for the inaugural season in 2005 and served five years as the team’s offensive line coach. The Hawks led the NAIA in rushing, won the Mid-South Conference championship and earned the program’s first-ever postseason playoff berth in 2008. Two players earned All-America honors and a dozen offensive linemen were named All-Mid-South during those five seasons.

He moved into the role of offensive coordinator from 2010-14, working with running backs for two seasons and quarterbacks and fullbacks the final three. Shorter ranked second nationally in rushing at 310.9 yards per game and posted 30.5 points per contest in 2010 and ranked third in the country in rushing (271.9), averaging 30.0 points per outing in 2011, the program’s last in the NAIA.

In 2012, the first transition year to Division II, the Hawks ranked ninth nationally in rushing at 268.5 yards per game and ranked third the Gulf South Conference in rushing (227.9) and second in time of possession while ranking third in total offense in 2013, with fullback Bradley Moon leading ranking sixth in rushing yards and quarterback Eric Dodson ranking fifth in the GSC in total offense.

Shorter ranked third in the Gulf South and 22nd nationally in rushing in 2014 with 225.3 yards per contest.

Mathis was the head coach the last two seasons at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga., posting a 2-8 record in 2016 with freshmen and sophomores making up 74 percent of the roster. He registered a 4-6 mark in 2017 with the Knights.

He also served one season as head coach at Franklin County High School in Eastpoint, Fla., helping the Seahawks break a 23-game losing streak and finishing the season 3-7 overall.

Prior to his time at Shorter, Mathis worked four years at Trion City Schools in Trion, Ga., coaching the offensive line all four seasons as well as serving as defensive coordinator for two years. He was also the wrestling coach for two years and the golf coach for two seasons.

Mathis earned his bachelor’s in History with a minor in Political Science from Georgia Southern in 1996 and received his master’s in Leadership from Shorter in 2010.

Mathis' Coaching Career

Year Position School Record Postseason
2017 Head Coach St. Francis HS [GA] 4-6  
2016 Head Coach St. Francis HS [GA] 2-8  
2015 Head Coach Franklin County HS [FL] 3-7  
2014 Assistant Coach Shorter University 3-8  
2013 Assistant Coach Shorter University 2-9  
2012 Assistant Coach Shorter University 6-5  
2011 Assistant Coach Shorter University 6-4  
2010 Assistant Coach Shorter University 5-6  
2009 Assistant Coach Shorter University 6-5  
2008 Assistant Coach Shorter University 9-3 NAIA Playoffs First Round
2007 Assistant Coach Shorter University 7-4  
2006 Assistant Coach Shorter University 6-5  
2005 Assistant Coach Shorter University 3-7  
2004 Assistant Coach Trion City Schools [GA]    
2003 Assistant Coach Trion City Schools [GA]    
2002 Assistant Coach Trion City Schools [GA]    
2001 Assistant Coach Trion City Schools [GA]    
1996 Assistant Coach Rome HS [GA]    
1995 Assistant Coach Rome HS [GA]    
1994 Student Assistant Georgia Southern 6-5  
1993 Student Assistant Georgia Southern 10-3 FCS Quarterfinals
1992 Student Assistant Georgia Southern 7-4