Bandy, Braswell Strengthen D1 Sports Chattanooga

Dematteo Will Coach Receivers At Baylor School

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - by special report to The Chattanoogan

D1 Sports Chattanooga announced on Tuesday that former UTC football star Nate Bandy has been promoted to facility coordinator, Cortney Braswell has been hired as recruiting coordinator.

In directing the facility, Bandy succeeds long-time teammate and close friend Cos Dematteo, who heads to Baylor High School to coach receivers.

Braswell, a local football standout, comes to D1 to manage and build partnerships in the Chattanooga community.

“We’re excited about adding Nate and Cortney to our staff,” said D1 CEO Will Bartholomew. “We think they are going to make a great impact on our facility and the Chattanooga community.”

Bandy, who came to D1 shortly after Dematteo became the original facility coordinator, has played with Dematteo in elementary school, middle school, high school, college and pro football. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Bandy went to training camp with the Tennessee Titans. Later, he played for the Scottish Claymores, an NFL Europe team. He has also played for several arena football teams.

As the Facility Coordinator, Bandy will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility and help in maintaining D1 as the top training location in Chattanooga. More importantly, he will be responsible for sustaining relationships with clients, parents, schools, club sports and community leaders.

Braswell starred at running back at Baylor High School where he set the Tennessee state single game rushing record against Bartholomew. He then headed to Liberty University and then came back to Chattanooga to assist Stump Martin on 1370 ESPN Radio. As the recruiting coordinator, he will build partnerships in the community for D1 by educating the public about D1’s mission and the benefits of the D1 training programs and therapy services.

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