Butch Jones names UT coaching staff

Butch Jones names UT coaching staff (Image 1)
Butch Jones names UT coaching staff (Image 1)

On Thursday, University of Tennessee's new head coach Butch Jones announced the assistant coach staff for the 2013 season.

Current running backs coach Jay Graham will continue on the Volunteers staff. The remainder of the 2012 staff members was not retained.

Mike Bajakian will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. John Jancek was named  as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, while Steve Stripling will be the Vols' assistant head coach and also work with the defensive line.

Joining Bajakian and Graham on the offensive side of the ball will be offensive line coach Don Mahoney and tight ends coach Mark Elder, who will also serve as special teams coordinator.

Willie Martinez, who will coach safeties and Tommy Thigpen, who will coach cornerbacks is also joining the staff.

Dave Lawson was named as the Director of Football Strength and Conditioning.

“Our staff is comprised of teachers and mentors from all levels of football that have been successful and know what it takes to win championships. I have done my due diligence to compose what I feel is one of the best coaching staffs in the country, and I know everyone associated with Tennessee football will be proud of this staff. I know each of them is looking forward to representing the orange and being a part of Tennessee football,” Jones said.

Jones was announced as Tennessee's head coach last Friday. He replaces Derek Dooley who was fired on November 18.

Read more online at UTSports.com.

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