Ryan Witten, a native of nearby Elizabethton, has 26 years of experience in the tackle football coaching ranks. He leads the middle school football program at Elizabethton and serves as an assistant coach to his brother Shawn Witten at Elizabethton High School. The Fighting Cyclones appeared in the last three TSSAA 4A state championship games and claimed state titles in 2019 and 2020.
Witten’s brother Jason spent 17 seasons in the NFL as a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders. Witten served as camp director of the Jason Witten Football Camp, which was the largest nonprofit football camp in the nation for over 15 years. He is the owner of Witten Huddle, a personal coaching service for school student-athletes aged 9-18.
Witten spent the 2022 season as an assistant coach for the Milligan flag football team alongside interim head coach Lauren Gullett, who has since been named the university’s vice president for enrollment management.
Ryan is married to his high school sweetheart, Kelly.