Vols down to one coaching vacancy

January, 27, 2012
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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is putting his staff back together and now has just one opening remaining after announcing Friday that Charlie Coiner has been hired to coach the Vols' tight ends and special teams.

Coiner, 51, last coached at North Carolina during the 2010 season when he was hired two weeks into the season to replace John Blake, who resigned. Coiner coached the Tar Heels' defensive line that season, but was out of coaching this past season. Coiner coached in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears from 2001-09 and worked with both the tight ends and special teams.

"Charlie has a diverse background in professional and college coaching, and he has had consistent success at both levels," Dooley said. "Charlie has also worked with several of our coaches, which will help make the transition and working dynamic seamless."

Coiner worked under Tennessee's new defensive line coach, John Palermo, at Austin Peay in 1990. From 1995-97, Coiner worked with the Vols' new defensive coordinator, Sal Sunseri, at Louisville, while Coiner and new offensive line coach Sam Pittman worked together at North Carolina during the 2010 season.

The Vols have had five assistant coaches leave for other jobs and a sixth assistant that wasn't retained since the end of the 2011 season.

Dooley still has one more hire to make, and Central Florida defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley is the leader in the clubhouse. Ansley was with Sunseri at Alabama as a graduate assistant on the Crimson Tide's defense the past two seasons before being hired at Central Florida in December.

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