A Look at Pruitt’s Newest Hires on Vols’ Staff

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    It was once again another busy offseason for Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt on the coaching front. Last offseason, Pruitt brought in two new coordinators and hired former Vols quarterback Tee Martin to serve as UT’s wide receivers coach. This offseason, Pruitt again hired three coaches, one of which is a former Vol player.

    Tennessee saw four coaches leave the program after the end of the 2019 season. Running backs coach David Johnson left UT for a similar position at Florida State, defensive line coach Tracy Rocker opted to take a similar role at South Carolina, inside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Kevin Sherrer went to the New York Giants in the NFL, and outside linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Chris Rumph also went to the NFL, joining the Houston Texans.

    Pruitt hired three new coaches and shifted around some coaches internally to address those departures.

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    Tight ends coach Brian Niedermeyer moved over to defense to coach inside linebackers, and off-field assistant Joe Osovet was promoted to an on-field role to coach tight ends.

    Vol fans are familiar with those two coaches since they’ve been at UT since Pruitt took over as head coach before the 2018 season. But what about Tennessee’s three newest hires?

    Here are our in-depth profiles of all three of the Vols’ newest coaching hires this offseason that show their coaching history, qualifications, and what they bring to Tennessee.



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    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.