Vols Add Former Defensive Coordinator to Coaching Staff

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    According to a report from 247Sports, Tennessee has added yet another quality control assistant coach to their staff. And he has quite the track record at both the collegiate and professional level.

    Eric Lews is reportedly the newest addition to an already extremely altered Tennessee coaching staff. Lewis was the defensive backs coach at Georgia State the last two seasons where the Panthers set a school record with 15 interceptions in his first season as defensive backs coach. Lewis was also the defensive coordinator at both Eastern Michigan and Weber State, and he also spent a season as Buffalo’s secondary coach and a season at Louisville as an assistant coaching defensive backs.

    Not only does Lewis have extensive college coaching experience, but he also coached in the NFL for a few seasons as well. Lewis was a defensive quality coach for the Green Bay Packers before joining Louisville in 2008.

    Lewis also played college ball at San Diego State, and he wasn’t too shabby as a player either. Lewis finished with the school’s record for most career pass break-ups at the end of his four years with the Aztecs.

    Walt Wells was hired on in a similar role last season as a quality control assistant on offense, and now he’s been promoted to the Vols’ offensive line coach just a year later. Only time will tell if Lewis will be on the same fast track to promotion as Wells, but Lewis is a solid addition to an already revamped defensive coaching staff.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.