On the same day that Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt’s coaching staff shrunk by one, he made another addition to his staff as well. It just wasn’t for another on-field coach.
Pruitt has added Bert Biffani to his staff as a defensive quality control coach. Biffani had been working at Florida State, and he and Pruitt knew each other from the one season Pruitt was the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator. Biffani himself tweeted about the hire today.
Thank you to all the Florida State coaches, players and fans for all the lifelong memories we will always share. With that said, I am excited to be heading to Knoxville and joining the staff at the University of Tennessee. #GBO 🍊 pic.twitter.com/HxGN1fhnQE
— Bert Biffani (@CoachBertB) February 13, 2018
Biffani has worked with Florida State’s defensive ends and linebackers the last five seasons. He also coached under Tennessee specials teams coordinator and safeties coach Charles Kelly while Kelly was at Florida State.
Pruitt has made several additions to his staff over the last month that go beyond his on-field coaches and strength and conditioning staff. Among those he’s reportedly added are former Vols Kevin Simon and Montario Hardesty in support roles. Biffani joins them on Pruitt’s support staff.
Tennessee parted ways with running backs coach Robert Gillespie earlier on Tuesday. Pruitt is reportedly already searching for his replacement, and we have a list of likely candidates.