Skyhawk Football | James Guest - Running Backs
James Guest joined the UT Martin coaching staff in 2014, working primarily with the running backs.
Last season, Guest oversaw the development of Abou Toure, who earned All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades on his way to a free agent deal with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. Toure turned in 1,138 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 199 carries, amassing the third-best single-season rushing effort in program history. Toure also tallied the third-highest single-game rushing total in school history when he went off for 234 yards at Murray State on Nov. 1. In that game, the Skyhawks piled up 402 team rushing yards - the most yards on the ground for UT Martin since Nov. 10, 2007 (a span of 79 games).
All in all, UT Martin produced 2,575 rushing yards on 523 attempts (4.9 yard average) and 22 touchdowns under the tutelage of Guest in 2014.
Guest spent the previous six seasons in the high school coaching ranks in the state of Florida. He came to the Skyhawks from Oviedo High School, where he was the pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014. He also served as an offensive assistant coach at Oviedo High School from 2009-11.
Guest also spent two years (2012-13) working under head coach Tony Piccalo at Cocoa Beach High School. Guest served as the offensive coordinator at CBHS, working directly with the quarterbacks and running backs. In 2012, the Minutemen posted a 9-2 overall record in the tough Class 4A ranks, setting a school record for most victories in a season. That year, he coordinated the highest scoring offense in Brevard County (438 points, 39.8 points per game) and coached quarterback David Dessent, who led the state of Florida with 38 touchdown passes.
All in all, Guest coached three all-state players at CBHS, including Dessent (2012 all-state quarterback), Paul "Boone" Lewis (2012 all-state wide receiver) and Antoine Griffin (2013 all-state quarterback/athlete).
As a player, Guest was a three-year letterman at quarterback at Cocoa Beach High School, where he led the team to their first-ever postseason victory with a win in 2005 Scholarship Bowl.
Born in Houston, Texas, Guest graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a bachelors degree in science kinesiology and exercise science.