Steven Sylvester enters his third year as the running backs coach at Jacksonville University for the 2018 season. A standout linebacker at Georgia Tech, he oversaw a backfield that set school records in rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns in 2017.
Under Sylvester's direction, Jacksonville's running backs shattered the school record, led the Pioneer football league and ranked fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing yards on the season with 2,962. Additionally, the squad set program marks in rushing attempts (601) and touchdowns (31), as well as breaking team records for rushing attempts in a game ( 77 vs. Campbell on 10/28/17) and rushing yards in a game (514 vs. Guilford on 9/30/17).
During Sylvester's first season in 2016, he worked with running back Ulysses Bryant, who used his final season as a Dolphin to move into 2nd all-time in program rushing yards (3,061), all-purpose yards (3,986) and touchdowns scored (22), and third in rushing attempts (549).
Sylvester coached Bryant to Second-Team All-PFL honors following the 2016 season, and helped a pair of Dolphin backs, Irvin Riley and Keenan Simpson, make Second-Team All-PFL in 2017.
Priot to his time in Jacksonville, he served as a graduate assistant for Paul Johnson at his alma mater, Georgia Tech for two seasons. Sylvester worked closely with assistant coach Bryan Cook in coaching the B-backs. In 2014, the B-Back position rushed for 1,888 yards to help lead Tech to an Orange Bowl victory.
As a player at Tech, Sylvester was a three-year starter played in 52 career games, recorded 154 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and he caused four fumbles. He played as a true freshman in 2008 and was an instrumental part of the 2009 team that played in the ACC Championship Game and in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Sylvester served as a team captain as a senior in 2011.
A native of McDonough, Ga., Sylvester was a 2 sport all-star performer at Union Grove High School, excelling at running back and linebacker under head coach Mike McDonald.
Sylvester is a 2011 Georgia Tech graduate with a degree in science, technology and culture and earned his Master’s in Facility and Property management from Georgia Tech in 2015.
Sylvester and his wife, Jasmyn, reside in Jacksonville.