Former Tennessee Linebacker Lands Defensive Coordinator Job

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    A former Tennessee linebacker announced his next career path in the sport of football over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, VFL and two-time Tennessee captain Nick Reveiz made the announcement that he would be taking over as the new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

    Let’s go!!!” Reveiz said in a Twitter post. “Excited to meet coaches and find future Keydets in VA!!!”

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    Reveiz, a five-year player with Tennessee, was in Knoxville from 2006 to 2010. The Farragut, Tennessee native did take a redshirt during his first year but came back strong in 2007 with special teams appearances in all 14 of the Vols’ games. In 2008, Reveiz continued to excel on the special teams front, which allowed him more and more opportunities on the defensive side of the ball. Reveiz played in 12 games for Tennessee that year and even found the first start of his collegiate career.

    As things were really starting to look promising for Reveiz, an injury would end his season just four games into the 2009 season. Before his injury, though, Reveiz did start in all four games for Tennessee.

    Finally, in his last year with Tennessee in 2010, Reveiz broke through to become one of Tennessee’s top defensive players. Reveiz was one of ten Vols to start every game that year and led the team with 108 defensive stops. The Tennessee linebacker even found two interceptions in his final season.

    Prior to joining the VMI coaching staff, Reveiz was with Albany State for the past five seasons. According to VMI, “Albany State’s defense was ranked #1 in scoring defense in 2021 and advanced to the opening round of the Division II playoffs.”

    The former Tennessee linebacker also coached at Carson-Newman from 2013 to 2016, where he was the running backs coach before eventually transitioning over to a role with the linebacker group.

    “Coach Nick Reveiz is a tremendous competitor and led a defensive unit that was ranked number one in the nation in total and scoring defense at the NCAA Division II level in 2021,” VMI head coach Scott Wachenheim said about Reveiz. “Nick’s passion for coaching young men is inspiring.”

    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.