North Texas coach: Ausmus heading to Tennessee

Tennessee appears to have settled on a new strength and conditioning coach.

On Wednesday, athletic director Mike Hamilton said the Vols had reached an agreement to pay strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith the full amount of his two-year agreement with UT.

On Thursday morning, North Texas football coach Todd Dodge confirmed that strength coach Aaron Ausmus was leaving to become strength coach at Tennessee. The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that Ausmus will begin at UT on Monday.

“There is no doubt Aaron had a positive impact on our team,” Dodge told the newspaper. “Our kids will be disappointed because Aaron is a good coach.”

He’s also well-connected to the past and present at Tennessee.

Ausmus was a two-time track All-American at Tennessee and claimed the 1997 NCAA championship in the indoor shot put.

After finishing his career with the Vols, he worked as a graduate assistant strength coach and then a part-time strength and conditioning assistant at Tennessee.

In 2001, he became an assistant strength coach at Southern California, where he crossed paths with UT head coach Lane Kiffin and assistant head coach Ed Orgeron. Orgeron later hired Ausmus as his head strength coach at Ole Miss.

After Ole Miss fired Orgeron, Ausmus remained in Mississippi as a personal trainer before taking over at North Texas.

Ausmus will replace Smith, who is no longer with the program after joining Kiffin’s staff in December. No one from Tennessee has publicly commented as to why Smith was let go.

Attempts to reach Smith have been unsuccessful, and he declined to provide specifics on his situation to ESPN.com.

“What’s done is done,” Smith told the Web site. “I think everybody kind of knows what’s going on there. I just want to let it lie and move on. I don’t think anything else needs to be said.”

Hamilton said Wednesday that Tennessee would continue to pay Smith, who signed a memorandum of understanding worth $390,000 that runs through December of 2010. Should Smith land a job elsewhere, UT must make up the difference in salary, if any, for the length of the agreement.

Date Set for 2012 Opener: Tennessee’s appearance in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game against N.C. State to begin the 2012 season will be held Sept. 1. The game will be held in the Georgia Dome and be broadcast by ESPN.

Alabama defeated Clemson in the Kickoff Game last season, its first year. The Crimson Tide will face Virginia Tech in this year’s Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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Phowell23 writes:

Better late then never.

suPEARLman writes:

Always a plus to have an alum on the staff. Quality experience as well.

Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride Mr. Ausmus!!

GO VOLS!!!

Ironcity writes:

Good, now we have that taken care of. If reports from the initial Winter were correct about Smith, I wonder if Kiffin grew tired of Smith running players down or off. I also wonder if this puts a dent in the relationship between Kiffin and Reeves (Kiffins brother in law) who recommended Smith? Just a thought.

kiffownsfla writes:

Ugghh duhh this is good! who's goin to be at camp today anyone know?

Major_Magilicutty writes:

How did he say it on Friday morning? what's going on here? why is this not even the front page story? The old story is still running as the headline with "more signs Ausmus to take job" as the tag, while it is apparent that he has already taken the job.

volswithclass writes:

He is not a football alum. He is a track alum - not the same thing. Tom Myslinki is the head strength coach at Cleveland and would love to come back home. Notice how LK did not hire any UT football alums or coaches who worked at UT before.

kabzs writes:

in response to volswithclass:

He is not a football alum. He is a track alum - not the same thing. Tom Myslinki is the head strength coach at Cleveland and would love to come back home. Notice how LK did not hire any UT football alums or coaches who worked at UT before.

That's because you can't make a good souffle with eggs that are already scrambled

exvol36 writes:

He is a guy who worked with Coach O and was referred to Kiffin by Coach Carlisle at USC (formerly of UT). During the hiring of Smith, the camp was split between Aaron and Smith. Tony Basillio had this information confirmed yesterday. Aaron has been writing the workouts for the Football team since Mark Smith fell out of grace with the staff. This has been a done deal for awhile, they've just been working on the buyout for Mark Smith. One of the big reasons Smith got the boot was he was butting heads with Coach O, Coach Pearl and thought the weightroom should be for the football team only...that didn't fly. Aaron is a great hire, a great guy and a heckuva coach! Welcome home Aaron and Andrea!

SEAL_9821 writes:

in response to exvol36:

He is a guy who worked with Coach O and was referred to Kiffin by Coach Carlisle at USC (formerly of UT). During the hiring of Smith, the camp was split between Aaron and Smith. Tony Basillio had this information confirmed yesterday. Aaron has been writing the workouts for the Football team since Mark Smith fell out of grace with the staff. This has been a done deal for awhile, they've just been working on the buyout for Mark Smith. One of the big reasons Smith got the boot was he was butting heads with Coach O, Coach Pearl and thought the weightroom should be for the football team only...that didn't fly. Aaron is a great hire, a great guy and a heckuva coach! Welcome home Aaron and Andrea!

You hit the nail on the head. This may be one of the best hires of the staff in my thoughts. This guy is the real deal and it's my understanding that he goes by the Hatch system. This is one of the most successful S & C programs in college football. It's gonna be great and it starts right now.

bugman (Inactive) writes:

all stars

kabzs writes:

in response to SEAL_9821:

You hit the nail on the head. This may be one of the best hires of the staff in my thoughts. This guy is the real deal and it's my understanding that he goes by the Hatch system. This is one of the most successful S & C programs in college football. It's gonna be great and it starts right now.

Fascinating. For those of us who have no knowledge of such matters, would you please explain the Hatch system, what it is, how it works, who uses it, and how it is better that other systems, Etc? Is it better for one sport or another? Produce Bulk, Speed, both? Better for the big uglies, skill guys?

Thank You

givehim6 writes:

in response to volswithclass:

He is not a football alum. He is a track alum - not the same thing. Tom Myslinki is the head strength coach at Cleveland and would love to come back home. Notice how LK did not hire any UT football alums or coaches who worked at UT before.

With Ausmus working as a track work conditing, will this mean Kiffin is wanting a speedy team?

TommyJack writes:

in response to kabzs:

Fascinating. For those of us who have no knowledge of such matters, would you please explain the Hatch system, what it is, how it works, who uses it, and how it is better that other systems, Etc? Is it better for one sport or another? Produce Bulk, Speed, both? Better for the big uglies, skill guys?

Thank You

The Hatch system is important in the poultry bidness.

MrKnoxville writes:

DCFlorida blows zrotaG....just thought I would add this...felt like it was missing.

exvol36 writes:

in response to givehim6:

With Ausmus working as a track work conditing, will this mean Kiffin is wanting a speedy team?

His background is track b/c he was an all american shot putter. That doesn't mean he'll have speedier guys. If you saw the guy in person you'd realize he could squat a house. He's a great all-around coach, period.

MrKnoxville writes:

DCFlorida and zrotaG are could really be closet Arkansas fans....check out their footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj4Lnf...

Boy DC sure can SQUEEL like HOG/PIG! With that type of SQUEEL how could they really be Florida fans. Notice how zrotaG is missing his teeth....LMAO....the swamp is a lonely place for 2 gators with just a computer to keep'em busy!

kabzs writes:

in response to kabzs:

Fascinating. For those of us who have no knowledge of such matters, would you please explain the Hatch system, what it is, how it works, who uses it, and how it is better that other systems, Etc? Is it better for one sport or another? Produce Bulk, Speed, both? Better for the big uglies, skill guys?

Thank You

I found the answer to my own question.

From the SMU website, "Much of Viloria and SMU's program is based on the Hatch Training System, which was developed by Olympic coach and USA Strength & Conditioning Hall of Famer Gayle Hatch. The system focuses on explosive strength training and factors in explosive power, absolute strength, muscular endurance, speed, quickness, flexibility, agility and cardiovascular fitness."

and this link

http://www.gaylehatch.com/index.htm

MrKnoxville writes:

Now to the hire...Asmus was a pupil of Chris Carlisle who is now the head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the U. of SoCal Trojans and was our S&C coach from 1998-2000. Anyone remember 1998? Aaron Asmus is just another piece of the puzzle to make Tennessee the U.S.C. Trojans of the S.E.C.
80----FEAR THE KIFFIN!!!!!

dshawn13#224876 writes:

"The Hatch system is important in the poultry bidness.

TommyJack
One of the best post I have read in a while

orangebloodgmc writes:

Do we know whether Smith has been working to condition the new players in these last few days, or has he already been shutting down and letting somebody else handle it?

abnermc writes:

in response to TommyJack:

The Hatch system is important in the poultry bidness.

Good system in a submarine too.

byobbio writes:

in response to volswithclass:

He is not a football alum. He is a track alum - not the same thing. Tom Myslinki is the head strength coach at Cleveland and would love to come back home. Notice how LK did not hire any UT football alums or coaches who worked at UT before.

Nice take. This is what happens when you sell your soul. This is what I've been trying to say as far back as 5 years ago when the rumblings began. It will be a sad day when CLK thanks a handful of sponsors after a win.

byobbio writes:

in response to orangebloodgmc:

Do we know whether Smith has been working to condition the new players in these last few days, or has he already been shutting down and letting somebody else handle it?

Apparently you are new to reading. Smith has been sitting in an empty office for weeks. Have you ever turned in your notice like for 2 weeks? It's the longest two weeks of anybody's life. You can only stare at the walls for so long. So, no. He has not been "training" the new players. Or old players. Or coaches wives. Or anybody.

exvol36 writes:

in response to orangebloodgmc:

Do we know whether Smith has been working to condition the new players in these last few days, or has he already been shutting down and letting somebody else handle it?

AA has been writing the workouts for the last two weeks and that's what the guys have been doing....

gohawks1 writes:

The Denton Record-Chornicle? What's a chornicle?

junkdotcom#584327 writes:

in response to MrKnoxville:

Now to the hire...Asmus was a pupil of Chris Carlisle who is now the head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the U. of SoCal Trojans and was our S&C coach from 1998-2000. Anyone remember 1998? Aaron Asmus is just another piece of the puzzle to make Tennessee the U.S.C. Trojans of the S.E.C.
80----FEAR THE KIFFIN!!!!!

Johnny Long was the S&C coach during this period. Johnny is a disciple of Charlie Hatch's so it sounds like there won't be much of a change in philosophy from Long to Ausmus...just a speed bump with Smith.

TommyJack writes:

in response to gohawks1:

The Denton Record-Chornicle? What's a chornicle?

Ipee: It's those thangs you get on da feet.

ChurchHillVol67 (Inactive) writes:

Ausmus is the real deal.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Welcome back to Knoxville Coach! Take us back to the Glory Days! Go Vols and support CLK!

newtonrail writes:

in response to exvol36:

He is a guy who worked with Coach O and was referred to Kiffin by Coach Carlisle at USC (formerly of UT). During the hiring of Smith, the camp was split between Aaron and Smith. Tony Basillio had this information confirmed yesterday. Aaron has been writing the workouts for the Football team since Mark Smith fell out of grace with the staff. This has been a done deal for awhile, they've just been working on the buyout for Mark Smith. One of the big reasons Smith got the boot was he was butting heads with Coach O, Coach Pearl and thought the weightroom should be for the football team only...that didn't fly. Aaron is a great hire, a great guy and a heckuva coach! Welcome home Aaron and Andrea!

OK, I've heard most of this, but what has Pearl got to do with it? When Pratt Pavilion was built, and BB offices were moved over there, it was my understanding they had their own weight room now at Pratt. I don't agree with some of the things Smith apparently did, but if Kiffin is so picky with QB recruits and others he's run off, he shouldn't have gotten this one wrong. The UTAD money machine is in the Red big time.

Psychovol writes:

The late signing period is still going on.

exvol36 writes:

in response to junkdotcom#584327:

Johnny Long was the S&C coach during this period. Johnny is a disciple of Charlie Hatch's so it sounds like there won't be much of a change in philosophy from Long to Ausmus...just a speed bump with Smith.

Johnny Long didn't garner respect from guys and he played favorites, that's well known. If it wasn't for great assistants, Johnny would have been gone long ago. Carlisle should've gotten the job over him. AA has a explosive-lifts mentality but he's got a better background than Johnny

exvol36 writes:

in response to newtonrail:

OK, I've heard most of this, but what has Pearl got to do with it? When Pratt Pavilion was built, and BB offices were moved over there, it was my understanding they had their own weight room now at Pratt. I don't agree with some of the things Smith apparently did, but if Kiffin is so picky with QB recruits and others he's run off, he shouldn't have gotten this one wrong. The UTAD money machine is in the Red big time.

Smith was trying to ban people from the weightroom other than football players. He then went to a schduled system with other sports...which made it impossible for them to get their work in along with school or practice. It wasn't helping the cause...

swampbuggy writes:

in response to exvol36:

He is a guy who worked with Coach O and was referred to Kiffin by Coach Carlisle at USC (formerly of UT). During the hiring of Smith, the camp was split between Aaron and Smith. Tony Basillio had this information confirmed yesterday. Aaron has been writing the workouts for the Football team since Mark Smith fell out of grace with the staff. This has been a done deal for awhile, they've just been working on the buyout for Mark Smith. One of the big reasons Smith got the boot was he was butting heads with Coach O, Coach Pearl and thought the weightroom should be for the football team only...that didn't fly. Aaron is a great hire, a great guy and a heckuva coach! Welcome home Aaron and Andrea!

So Mark Smith and Coach O have a disagreement, Smith is fired, and one of O's cronies is hired.

Many of us said early on that there are to many huge egos on the coaching staff, stand-by this soap opera is just getting started.

Sounds like the Raiders may know Kiffin better than many of you think.

swampbuggy writes:

At Florida, each team has their own conditioning facility, of course we got enough money to burn a wet mule.

davemanthevolfan writes:

in response to MrKnoxville:

DCFlorida blows zrotaG....just thought I would add this...felt like it was missing.

Dumb arse, I was enjoying not seeing those names on this thread.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

in response to byobbio:

Nice take. This is what happens when you sell your soul. This is what I've been trying to say as far back as 5 years ago when the rumblings began. It will be a sad day when CLK thanks a handful of sponsors after a win.

Who gives a phooey! He is a Vol! Be proud man! Bo Vols!

gohawks1 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Ipee: It's those thangs you get on da feet.

Gotta take care of dem feets wit chornicle cream.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to BIPOLAR_BEAR:

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Ouch. I bet some of Barney Fife's miracle salve will help with that one.

byobbio writes:

in response to Bloodrunzorange:

Who gives a phooey! He is a Vol! Be proud man! Bo Vols!

Bo this.

vol88 writes:

Chornicle!!!

Dang, I'm LMAO.

At least this thread has been informative AND funny for 50 posts.

VolTex writes:

My only question is if he is so great at what he does why was he at UNT? That program is pretty bush league. Anyways I wish him the best.

Volunatic writes:

Welcome back to Knoxville, Coach Ausmus!

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Ouch. I bet some of Barney Fife's miracle salve will help with that one.

Cas Walker's is better. He once rode a horse for 10 years and the Superderm Salve got rid of his Saddle Sores.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIGGs0...

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to kabzs:

That's because you can't make a good souffle with eggs that are already scrambled

kudos on the analogy

CoverOrange writes:

in response to TommyJack:

The Hatch system is important in the poultry bidness.

There is a miniature version of the system that didn't work too well. Called the Hatch-ette. All agreed to bury it.

A certain Senator from Utah is a big fan of the system. So much so, he got into the Act and made it a law!

orngbluded writes:

It sounds like a good fit to me.The guy went to college here at U.T.and also has a history with Orgeron and Kiffin,he knows the coaches and the university.Welcome Back to Knoxville!!!

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to gohawks1:

The Denton Record-Chornicle? What's a chornicle?

ain't that part of your eye?

VOLinDAWGland writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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I think your answer is bogus. Injury advice and rehab come from the 'trainer' not the 'S&C' coach. Smith is not the trainer.

If what your saying is true, then Smith should go because having final say on injuries is not his call.

It's probably appropriate that the S&C coach's opinion is considered, but it is the HC and trainer who decide if a player is a go or not.

DuckRiverVol writes:

Good info on Ausmus background and system posted by Navalorange yesterday...

Posted by Navalorange on June 17, 2009 at 6:16 p.m.

I agree,here'san interview when he took the head S&C coaching job at Idaho. He's moved up up from assistant at USC, then head guy at Idaho, then North Texas. It's time for him to step up to the big time and come home to UT.

http://idaho.scout.com/2/310408.html

This is kind of long but a very interesting insight into the big time S&C program known as the Hatch System. Under the Heading "Blueprint for Champions" it explains that Ausmus learned this system.

http://www.gaylehatch.com/HatchingACh...

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