Tennessee Announces Extension of Nine Head Coaches

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On Tuesday afternoon, Tennessee Athletics Director/Vice-Chancellor Danny White announced that nine head coaches had received a contract extension from the University of Tennessee.

These names include men’s basketball head coach Rick Barnes, rowing coach Lisa Glenn, women’s basketball head coach Kellie Harper, and swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich.

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The list also includes women’s tennis coach Alison Ojeda, baseball coach Tony Vitello, men’s golf coach Brennan Webb, softball head coach Karen Weekly, and men’s tennis coach Chris Woodruff.

“First, I’d like to acknowledge the fact that I inherited a very impressive roster of head coaches when I arrived at Tennessee back in January,” White said in a statement posted to the UT Sports website. “That’s a credit to those who came before me. Extending contracts for successful coaches is one indicator of a healthy athletics program, and we plan on continuing to be aggressive with extensions and rewarding success moving forward.”

Barnes received a two-year contract extension through the 2025-2026 season. Glenn had her contract extended through June of 2024.

Harper, similar to Barnes, also received a two-year extension, which will run through the 2025-2026 season.

Kredich’s contract was extended through 2025-2026 as well, and Ojeda’s contract now will run through the end of June 2026.

Tennessee baseball coach Tony Vitello had his contract restructured and will now run until the end of the 2026 season.

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Webb agreed to a contract extension that would see his time in Tennessee extended through 2026. Karen Weekly received a contract extension through the 2025 season, as well.

And lastly, Woodruff received a contract extension through the end of 2026. Woodruff led the men’s tennis team to an SEC Championship in 2020.

At the beginning of 2021, White signed a rolling five-year contract to become Tennessee’s next Director of Athletics.

In 2020, 11 Tennessee teams finished their season ranked in the Top 25 of their respective sport.

Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.