Where Tennessee’s Assistants Will Coach From On Gamedays

    by -

    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel and offensive coordinator Alex Golesh haven’t told the media or public who will be calling the Vols’ plays this fall. 

    The two offensive coaches have hinted that they will collaborate with each other but are playing their cards close to the vest entering Thursday’s season opener against Bowling Green.

    “We’re working through all of that right now,” Golesh told the media last week. “We’ve genuinely done so much as a staff. There is so much different stuff coming in from what we were able to do at UCF to what Kodi (Burns) has brought, what Jerry Mack has brought, so we’re working through it. At the end of the day, that’s a good Coach Heupel question, and we’ll kind of settle on that as we get closer to gameday.” 

    While Heupel didn’t provide any further clarification on play calling Monday, the 43-year old did provide some details on where his assistants would coach from on game days this fall.

    Both of Tennessee’s coordinators will coach from the press box but the bulk of the Vols’ coaching staff will be on the sidelines.

    “Our coordinators will be up on the offense and defensive side of the ball,” Heupel said. “Offensively, Joey Halzle will be up as well. As far as full-time guys, defensively, most of our full-time guys on defense will be down on the sideline.”

    Halzle is Tennessee’s quarterback coach and will help give Joe Milton and the Vols’ offense a birds eye view of defenses this fall.

    Unless other assistants coach in the press box that Heupel didn’t mention, running backs coach Jerry Mack, receivers coach Kodi Burns, offensive line coach Glen Elarbee, defensive line coach Rodney Garner, linebackers coach Brian Jean Mary, outside linebackers and special teams coach Mike Ekeler and secondary coach Willie Martinez will coach from the field.

    Tennessee opens the Josh Heupel era in just two days when the Vols host Bowling Green at 8 p.m. ET. The Thursday night opener won’t only bring the return of game day traditions but will see the Vols honor four former players with statues outside of gate 21.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.