Coach Dooley came in focused on recruiting first, completing his staff second. He did both in a timely manner and was overall successful. However because of Dooley’s media policy preventing his staff from meeting with the media a lot of fans don’t know much about the coaches. This post is designed to do tell you about them and my thoughts on the hire.
As the only holdover from the previous staff on the offensive side of the ball, Jim Chaney was instrumental in keeping together this Top-10 recruiting class that Dooley brought in. Chaney was actively seeking to get back into the NFL or another college job while Kiffin was still here but now that he is gone he is perfectly content. Chaney felt like he was underutilized at times as Offensive Coordinator last season. Now he is expected to have full control of the reigns and Vol fans should be excited. As offensive coordinator at Purdue the Boilermakers led the Big 10 in passing offense five times and total offense 3 times. Coach Chaney was offensive coordinator over QB Drew Brees, who recently won a super bowl with the New Orleans Saints. In 2000 under Chaney’s play calling Brees averaged 349.1 yds per game and was the NCAA total offense champion as well as Maxwell award winner. That year the Boilermakers made it to the Rose Bowl after winning the Big 10 title for the first time in 33 years.
Coach Chaney was also recruiting coordinator for a majority of his time at Purdue. During his 5 seasons as coordinator the Boilermakers reeled in 5 top 30 classes including the 98 class which was ranked 11th nationally and 2nd in the conference. While at UT Chaney was responsible for Bryce Brown’s decision to sign with UT last year as well as several players this year. Chaney’s recruiting area is Nashville, Kentucky, and the mid-west.
- 1995-1996 Recruiting Coordinator & Offensive Line Wyoming
- 1997 Co-Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends, and Recruiting Coordinator Purdue
- 1998 Recruiting Coordinator, Offensive Line, and Offensive Coordinator Purdue
- 1999-2001 Recruiting Coordinator, Tight Ends, & Offensive coordinator Purdue
- 2002 Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line Coach Purdue
- 2003-2005 Offensive Coordinator & Tight Ends Coach Purdue
- 2006-2008 Offensive Line & Tight Ends St Louis Rams
- 2009 Offensive coordinator & Offensive Line Tennessee
- 2010 Offensive Coordinator & Running Backs Tennessee
Reaction: Keep him as long as we can. He is good at recruiting and is a good coordinator. He knows what he is doing and is a valuable resource to a new head coach.
Charlie is widely considered one of the top coaches of his position. He has coached 11 years in the NFL and 22 in college ball. He coached over 9 different 1000 yd receivers in the NFL. Baggett coached at Green Bay in ’99 having two receivers surpass 1000 yards each on a combined 148 catches. Left their for the Vikings from 00-04 when Moss and Chris Carter were there. During his tenure Moss had 376 receptions, 5,649 yds and 49 td’s as well as 3 pro bowl berths. After the Vikings Baggett worked for Saban with Derek Dooley at Miami. Baggett’s biggest acheivements at the college level happened at Michigan State University where he coached Andre Rison, Mark Ingram, Plaxico Burress, Lorenzo Wile, Muhsin Muhammad, Daryl Turner, Derrick Mason, and Courtney Hawkins in to NFL caliber recievers. Baggett left MSU for the NFL for two years before returning in the mid 90’s. During his first year with the Houston Oilers in the 90’s Baggett had 2 WR’s named Pro Bowlers.
Charlie will be recruiting for the Vols in Memphis, Virginia, and North Carolina.
- 1977-80 WR/RB Bowling Green
- 1981-1982 WR Minnesota
- 1983-1992 WR/RB (for a few years) Michigan State
- 1993-1994 WR Houston Oilers
- 1995-1998 WR and Associate Head Coach Michigan State
- 1999 WR Green Bay Packers
- 2000-2004 WR Minnesota Vikings
- 2005-2006 WR Miami Dolphins
- 2007-2008 WR Washington Huskies
- 2009 WR St Louis Rams
- 2010 WR Associate Head Coach Tennessee
Reaction: I think Charlie is a home run hire and will do a great job here especially with the talent we have at receiver. For those of us who really wanted Kippy Brown to stay Charlie has coached more Pro Bowlers, 1000 yd rushers, All Americans, and record setters than Kippy has. Yes Kippy was a Vol but Charlie is now a Vol and will do a better job than Kippy would have.
Harry Hiestand (pronounced HE-stand)
Harry has coached in both college and the NFL for a long time. His lines always have a reputation of durability and show prowess at protecting the quarterback. Both of these traits are extremely important to him. As the Bears offensive line coach in 2006 the Qb’s attempted 539 passes and were only sacked 25 times and in 2008 they attempted 537 and were only sacked 29 times. Prior to coaching the Bears from 05-2010 Hiestand coached at Illinois from 1997-2004. During that time he had 12 offensive lineman make All Big 10 selections and during his first seven years every starting offensive lineman under his coaching were drafted into the NFL.
Harry will likely be recruiting Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio area.
- 1981-1982 East Stroudsburg GA
- 1983-1985 Offensive Line East Stroudsburg
- 1986-1987 Tight Ends Pennsylvania
- 1988-1989 Offensive Line Toledo
- 1989-1993 Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Cincinnati
- 1994-1996 Offensive Line Missouri
- 1997-1999 Offensive Line Illinois
- 2000-2004 Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line Illinois
- 2005-2010 Offensive Line Chicago Bears
- 2010 Offensive Line Tennessee
Reaction: Good Solid hire that should be able to coach up the line. Durability and QB protection are going to be huge for us this season so its good that he focuses in on that.
Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach gather special teams statistics from the previous decade from every division one conference. One name continuously popped up at having the best and that was Eric Russell. Before coaching at Texas Tech, where his units finished 3rd in Punt Returns and 3rd in Kick off returns in the Big 12, Russell Coached at Louisiana Tech with Derek Dooley. While at LA Tech in 2007 his units ranked 8th nationally in punt returns and 26th in Kick returns, they also blocked 5 kicks/punts that year. Before joining Dooley at LA Tech he spent 13 seasons with North Texas where his unit was annually ranked as the top unit in the Sunbelt conference.
Russell will be recruiting Texas for the Real UT
- 1990-1992 Defensive End/Special Teams Idaho
- 1993-2006 Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams North Texas
- 2007-2008 Tight Ends/Special Teams Louisiana Tech
- 2009 Special Teams Texas Tech
- 2010 Tight Ends/Special Teams Tennesseee
Reaction: I like the hire and hope he can turn around the Vols dreadful special teams play quickly.
Darin was most recently employed by Tommy West at Memphis as a WR coach. He coached the Memphis WR’s to record breaking seasons this past year. He himself is a record breaking quarterback for the UCF Golden knights logging 9000 passing yds and 82 touchdowns. While at Georgia Southern his team averaged 359.9 yds per game which was good enough for 27th nationally. Hinshaw will recruit for the Vols in Florida with recruiting intern Steve Rubio helping him out as much as possible.
- 1999-2000 Quarterbacks Central Florida
- 2001-2005 Co-Offensive Coordinator Middle Tennessee State
- 2006 Offensive Coordinator/QB Georgia Southern
- 2007-2009 WR Memphis
- 2010 QB Tennessee
Reaction: I think he is the least qualified coach on our offensive staff but he is here so I support him. I think the job should have went to Tee Martin and will hopefully go to Tee with in the next 3-5 years.