Former Tennessee assistant coach Brian Niedermeyer is joining one of the top high school football staffs in the country.
According to a report from Football Scoop’s John Brice on Wednesday evening, Niedermeyer will be joining the IMG Academy (Fla.) staff as the new defensive coordinator. Niedermeyer spent the 2021 season with St. Thomas Aquinas prep school (Fla.) “in a variety of roles on both offense and defense, as well as the program’s special teams coordinator.”
IMG Academy was ranked as the No. 13 high school program in the nation in 2021 according to the NFL’s Play Football site.
“But new IMG Academy head coach Billy Miller, promoted to the Bradenton, Florida-powerhouse’s top spot in late March, selected Niedermeyer for the top defensive position on the Academy’s prestigious National Team within the past week,” Brice said in his report on Wednesday.
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After former Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was hired in 2017, Brian Niedermeyer joined the Vols’ staff as the tight end’s coach. The Eagle River, Alaska native would hold that position until switching over to coach the inside linebackers for his final season in Knoxville. In addition, Niedermeyer also carried a share of recruiting responsibilities at Tennessee. In January of 2021, Pruitt, Niedermeyer, outside linebackers coach Shelton Felton, and a number of other Tennessee personnel were fired with cause after recruiting violations within the Volunteers’ program.
Niedermeyer will be joining the IMG staff, which is a school that Tennessee is actively and heavily targeting – Although, not on Niedermeyer’s side of the ball. Tennessee is currently targeting a pair of IMG receivers in Carnell Tate and Devin Hyatt. Tate, a five-star prospect, has been quickly trending toward Tennessee in the last month as the Vols now sit as the favorite in his recruitment. Meanwhile, Hyatt, a four-star prospect, is the brother of current Tennessee receiver Jalin Hyatt.
Prior to joining the Tennessee staff, Niedermeyer was at Alabama from 2016 to 2017, first serving as a graduate assistant before being promoted to assistant director of recruiting operations. Brian Niedermeyer also spent time at the University of Georgia as a graduate assistant in 2015.