Skyhawk Football | Kevin Bannon - Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Kevin Bannon is in his second season as the offensive line coach and first season as recruiting coordinator at his alma mater.
In his first season at UT Martin, his offensive linemen allowed just 19 sacks - which ranked as the least in the Ohio Valley Conference. He coached left tackle Charles Sweeton, who earned All-OVC second team honors.
Bannon coached as an offensive line graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas, where he coached alongside Bret Bielema for two months in 2013 before returning to UT Martin. He also served two years as an offensive line graduate assistant at Marshall University under head coach Doc Holliday from 2011-12.
Prior to his stint at Marshall, Bannon was a graduate assistant for tight ends (2010) and the offensive line (2009) at UT Martin.
Bannon's coaching career followed a spectacular playing career for the Skyhawks. A two-time all-OVC selection, he appeared in 45 games over his four-year career, starting in 39. He was a key cog on an offense that produced the program's first-ever OVC championship in 2006 and was consistently atop several OVC statistical categories.
Bannon also had an impact on the UT Martin record books, as he blocked for all-time UT Martin leading rusher Don Chapman for three seasons. Chapman finished with 5,017 rushing yards, becoming just the 14th Division-I player to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons (2004-07).
In 2008, Bannon graded out at 80 percent and only allowed one sack, earning All-OVC first team honors after being named to the All-OVC preseason team. He served as team captain for a team that went 8-4 and finished one last-second blocked field goal attempt shy of its second OVC crown in three years.
Bannon helped block for an offensive unit that ranked first in the OVC in 2008 in scoring offense, touchdowns and total offense. The scoring offense of 37.33 points per game ranked fourth in the nation.
Bannon started all 11 games during his junior campaign in 2007, earning All-OVC second team accolades. The Skyhawks led the OVC in scoring and total offense, scoring 40-plus points in four games.
The Skyhawks' first-ever OVC championship came in 2006, a year where Bannon started 10 games. Behind Bannon, UT Martin led the league in rushing offense and was nationally-ranked for the first time in the program's Football Championship Subdivision history.
As a true freshman in 2005, Bannon emerged strong to start in six of the last seven games - all against conference opponents. Bannon blocked for quarterback Brady Wahlberg, who graduated as UT Martin's all-time career leader in total offense (7,387 yards).
Before his playing career at UT Martin, Bannon was a two-sport athlete at Wentzville High School in Wentzville, Mo., competing in football and wrestling. He earned all-state and all-metro accolades as a senior and all-district honors as a junior. He was also a three-year All-Gateway Athletic Conference team selection.
Bannon graduated from UT Martin in 2009. He is married to the former Meagan Stricklin of Sharon, Tenn. and the two have one son, Braylon (Knox).