According to a report from Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee tight ends coach Brian Niedermeyer has earned a contract raise and an extension.
Niedermeyer’s contract amendment was obtained by the News Sentinel following a public records request. The 30-year-old’s contract will now run through Jan. 31, 2021. He will earn $355,000 annually, which is a $150,000 raise from his previous salary.
Before the raise and extension, Niedermeyer was making $205,000 annually and his contract ran through 2020.
Niedermeyer’s contract extension is well-deserved, as he was named the 2019 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year. This previous recruiting cycle, he played a pivotal role in the Vols landing five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright, four-star athlete Quavaris Crouch, and four-star outside linebacker Henry To’oto’o. Niedermeyer served as the primary recruiter for each recruit.
Niedermeyer also served as the primary recruiter for four-star corner Tyus Fields, four-star tight end Jackson Lowe, and he was the secondary recruiter for Savion Williams, who was the No. 1 JUCO defensive tackle in the country.
Tennessee was able to finish with the 12th-best recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports thanks to his efforts.
In the 2018 recruiting cycle, Niedermeyer served as the primary recruiter for Tennessee starting tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson, who was the No. 2 JUCO tight end in the country.
So far in the 2020 class, Niedermeyer has been placed on several of the Vols’ top targets in the class. Prospects like five-star linebacker Sav’ell Smalls are main targets for the Vols’ tight ends coach in this cycle.
Before joining Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee, Niedermeyer had never held an on-field coaching position at an FBS school. He the assistant director of recruiting operations at Alabama in 2017 and followed Pruitt to Tennessee. He served as a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2016 and was a grad assistant at Georgia in 2015. He’s now entering his fifth-straight year working under Pruitt.