Tennessee's new assistant football coaches: Biography capsules

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Mike Bajakian, offensive coordinator

Hometown: Oradell, N.J.

College: Williams College, 1996.

1998-99: Rutgers, graduate assistant/defensive backs

2000: Sacred Heart, quarterbacks

2000-01: Michigan, graduate assistant/quarterbacks

2002-03: Central Michigan, quarterbacks

2004-06: Chicago Bears, offensive quality control/wide receivers

2007-09: Central Michigan, offensive coordinator

2010-12: Cincinnati, offensive coordinator

Don Mahoney, offensive line

Hometown: Greensburg, Pa.

College: West Virginia State, 1993

1993-1994: Central Michigan, graduate assistant

1995-1999: Central Michigan, tight ends and offensive line coach

1999-2006: Tulane, offensive line coach

2007-09: Central Michigan, offensive line coach

2010-12: Cincinnati, offensive line coach

Jay Graham, running backs

Hometown: Concord, N.C.

College: Tennessee, 2004

2005: Tennessee, graduate assistant

2006: Chattanooga, running backs

2007: UT Martin, running backs

2008: Miami (Ohio), running backs coach

2009-2011: South Carolina, running backs coach

2012: Tennessee, running backs

Mark Elder, tight ends

Hometown: Cincinnati

College: Case Western Reserve, 2000

2000-01: Akron, graduate assistant

2002: Lehigh, linebackers coach

2003: Iona, defensive coordinator

2004: Wayne State, defensive coordinator

2005-06: Michigan, graduate assistant

2007-09: Central Michigan, linebackers coach

2010: Cincinnati, tight ends coach

2011: Cincinnati, running backs coach

2012: Cincinnati, safeties coach and special teams coordinator

John Jancek, defensive coordinator

Hometown: Muskegon, Mich.

College: Grand Valley State, 1991

1991: Grand Valley State, graduate assistant

1992-1994: Wayne State, defensive coordinator

1996-1998: Hillsdale College, defensive coordinator

1999-2002: Grand Valley State, defensive coordinator

2003: Central Michigan, defensive line coach

2004: Central Michigan, defensive coordinator

2005-08: Georgia, linebackers coach

2009: Georgia, linebackers coach and co-coordinator

2010-11: Cincinnati, linebackers and co-coordinator

2012: Cincinnati, linebackers and defensive coordinator

Steve Stripling, defensive line

Hometown: Carlsbad, N.M.

College: Colorado, 1976

1977-78: Colorado, graduate assistant

1979: North Carolina, assistant coach

1980-83: Northern Illinois, assistant coach

1984-1996: Indiana, assistant coach

1997-2000: Minnesota, assistant coach

2001-02: Louisville, assistant coach

2003-04: Michigan State, defensive line

2005-07: Michigan, defensive line

2009: Central Michigan, associate head coach and defensive ends coach

2010-12: Cincinnati, assistant head coach and defensive line coach

Tommy Thigpen, linebackers or defensive backs

Hometown: El Dorado, Ark.

College: North Carolina, 1992

1998-99: North Carolina, graduate assistant

2000: Tennessee State, linebackers coach

2001-02: Bowling Green, cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator

2003: Illinois, cornerbacks coach

2004: Illinois, linebackers coach

2005-08: North Carolina, linebackers coach

2009-11: Auburn, safeties coach

2012: Auburn, linebackers coach

Willie Martinez, Secondary

Hometown: Hollywood, Fla.

College: Miami (Fla.), 1985

1985-86: Miami (Fla.), graduate assistant

1988: Bethune-Cookman, quarterbacks coach

1992-93: Grand Valley State, defensive coordinator

1994: Central Michigan, secondary coach

1995-96: Central Florida, defensive coordinator, secondary

1997: Eastern Michigan, secondary

1998-99: Central Michigan, secondary coach

2000: Central Michigan, assistant head coach, secondary coach

2001-04: Georgia, secondary coach

2005-09: Georgia, defensive coordinator

2010-11: Oklahoma, secondary coach

2012: Auburn, secondary coach

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Comments » 30

GloryDays writes:

Where is the Tee Martin biography capsule?

ruslt#212234 writes:

Format of this article is horrible.It would have been nice if they put the pictures beside the bio, so we know who each person is.

alavol writes:

in response to ruslt#212234:

Format of this article is horrible.It would have been nice if they put the pictures beside the bio, so we know who each person is.

I agree with you; this was the most ridiculous piece of journalism I have ever seen. Nice if they said what he was good at in college, good recruiter, why selected, especially all the ones from Cincinnati. Who is the defensive coordinator- by all estimates the most important hire. Can we get Wilcox back?

coach799 writes:

They took these from UTSports.com . Go there for a better layout.

BolivrBob writes:

Greatt article and great info. Great recruiters and position coaches. Really impressed with Jancek. He put a really good defensive product on the field last year with a whole lot less talent than Tennessee had. Pretty doggone good staff, IMO.

BolivrBob writes:

Just don't know what took him so long. Heck, he's been on the job since Friday......lmao! I really like what I'm seeing!

mikethehistorystudent writes:

He said that he would put together the best staff in the country. Mark that as his first lie to us.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

We brought in folks from Auburn!?! This makes me sick...

woodwr#217203 writes:

Compare bringing all three coordinators and five-six worked together for six years coaches, to the cobbled together Kiffin OR Dooley staff.

The Jones Staff is ready to start teaching the defense, the offense, and the kicking game they have run together for six fairly successful years.

It might not be THE best scheme, but all the Assistants know it cold in December, so we might have an orange team with all eleven knowing their assignments and ready to run the same play when the ball in snapped next September.

This might not be the best staff that could be newly assembled, but they might be the best six successful years together staff in the country.

Theo writes:

Very excited about Coach Jones but have to say I have a little bit of skepticism that assembling the best staff in college football could be done by picking up about 70% of the staff at UC and supplementing with a couple of coaches off of the worst team Auburn has perhaps ever had.
Coach might have gotten into a little hyperbole there.
Will say however that Williams and Case Western Reserve are super schools so maybe the average IQ of the staff just went up.
Anyway, hope they make me eat my skeptical words.

VolGrad writes:

Well, let's see how well they can recruit.

Vonn Bell
Derrick Green

... these would be at the top of my priority right now. Any others? Maybe Jalen Ramsey?

Reuben Foster, LB
Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Stacy Coley, WR
Instate...
Cornelius Elder, RB
Camion Patrick, WR (early commitment to Vols)
Donald Gray Jr., ATH

Reel them in, coach.

2Geezy writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Well, let's see how well they can recruit.

Vonn Bell
Derrick Green

... these would be at the top of my priority right now. Any others? Maybe Jalen Ramsey?

Reuben Foster, LB
Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Stacy Coley, WR
Instate...
Cornelius Elder, RB
Camion Patrick, WR (early commitment to Vols)
Donald Gray Jr., ATH

Reel them in, coach.

What about Asiantii Woulard, QB?

2Geezy writes:

in response to 2Geezy:

What about Asiantii Woulard, QB?

and Marquez North.

2Geezy writes:

Lets just make sure we get these 2 guys for the 2014 class.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football...

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One of them on O, and one on D. Have a Berry on the field at all times, LOL.

VolGrad writes:

Asiantii Woulard, QB (dual-threat, Cincy offer)
Marquez North, WR (UT offer, visit)
Evan Berry, CB (UT offer)
Elliot Berry, ATH (UT offer)

Hope we get them all. Asiantii would add a different dimension to the offense. Wonder if it would negatively impact recruitment of WR and/or RB. Any thoughts?

KevGoVols1981 writes:

There would be no negative impact on recruitment because the entire offense will look different 2 years from now. we will be in a spread style pro uptempo offense, apparently, and we will need speedy horses to run wild in it. that includes a speedy good hands wideout corps, which we have the makings of already, sans hunter and patterson provided they both leave (i think justin hunter will stay). We need fast and strong running back for the spread, something we already have in lane and neal and devrin young. devrin will especially thrive in the spread because he is a taylor made scat back for the spread. so i suppose i am undermining my comment a bit, but tyler/patterson/hunter/rajion/marlin lane wont be here in 2 years, so we will look different. but for now our offense can be explosive even if the big 3 leave. in my honest opinion, justin worley is a better quarterback and bray is the better thrower. ill take the better qb any day. GBO and ill finally hang up and listen to your comments. have a good'n.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Asiantii Woulard, QB (dual-threat, Cincy offer)
Marquez North, WR (UT offer, visit)
Evan Berry, CB (UT offer)
Elliot Berry, ATH (UT offer)

Hope we get them all. Asiantii would add a different dimension to the offense. Wonder if it would negatively impact recruitment of WR and/or RB. Any thoughts?

Those four would certainly make for good gets. If you look at the Clemson offense, with Tajh Boyd and those speedy youngsters he's got to throw to, teams with strong armed, running qb's seem like a good predicaments for 5* receiving recruits to find themselves. I think Woulard's addition would lure more than it would run off. Opposing corners and safeties have to cheat their eyes away from the receivers, due to a breakaway qb.

Also, this is going to be the first coaching STAFF that has their system in place and will be able to coordinate with one another from the get-go. Teaching will take the place of familiarization. What's better than that? Tee? We don't need ya'!

VolGrad writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Those four would certainly make for good gets. If you look at the Clemson offense, with Tajh Boyd and those speedy youngsters he's got to throw to, teams with strong armed, running qb's seem like a good predicaments for 5* receiving recruits to find themselves. I think Woulard's addition would lure more than it would run off. Opposing corners and safeties have to cheat their eyes away from the receivers, due to a breakaway qb.

Also, this is going to be the first coaching STAFF that has their system in place and will be able to coordinate with one another from the get-go. Teaching will take the place of familiarization. What's better than that? Tee? We don't need ya'!

Sounds good.

Hope we get some great recruiting news over these next 2 months. More than ready for some good news.

Go Vols!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

the hiring of willie martinez is nothing short of embarressing, he's gotten fired from 3 schools in 4 years!!! He sucks!! The one position we needed serious help in...I guess everyone else is somewhat slightly acceptable, but that hire made no sense, and will really hurt us on defense

RashaadSalabeb writes:

This is begining to worry me. I hope I'm wrong.

Go Vols!

pms151 writes:

This is the best coaching staff in America...LOL

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to pms151:

This is the best coaching staff in America...LOL

Give it time. lets see what happens.

also, keep in mind the best coaches have jobs right now, so it may take a couple of years to really build the best coaching staff.

apriliaracing writes:

in response to Theo:

Very excited about Coach Jones but have to say I have a little bit of skepticism that assembling the best staff in college football could be done by picking up about 70% of the staff at UC and supplementing with a couple of coaches off of the worst team Auburn has perhaps ever had.
Coach might have gotten into a little hyperbole there.
Will say however that Williams and Case Western Reserve are super schools so maybe the average IQ of the staff just went up.
Anyway, hope they make me eat my skeptical words.

Almost word-for-word my thoughts. I have been somewhat pleased with what I hear about the new coach but it sounds like Cincinnati must have had the best coaching staff in the nation. Not feeling real good about this. Hopefully I'm wrong on this. We'll have a good idea by signing day in February.

VolGrad writes:

"Obi Wan Kenobi, you're our only hope!" LOL

The new coach just got here, made a few hires, called a few recruits, tucked his kids in bed... and people are already panicking. Amazing.

pcshowtime writes:

what happened to the kevin Steele level DC. Well what do we expect I bet they did not give him much of budget to work with. I like coach jones I really do He might do great I hope he does. But he is a gamble and until ut gets prepared to spend 4 to 5 mil on a head coach and 4 to 5 mil on assistants we will be gambling on some one coming up. I say 4 to 5 mil because that is what our competition is doing FL, Bama, and LSU. The bad part about gambles see the dooley era they cost you more money on the back end than you save on the front. It is just the truth.

rumaso writes:

Previous coach began with a much better staff than these guys but Dooley was as bad a head coach as his last hire(Sal) was a defensive coordinator. Still, If Dooley hadn't hit his head and hired Bubba Sal, this program was on its way. This new bunch are in way over their heads. I HATE TO SAY IT BUT... enthuziasm and rah rah speechs don't recruit great players or win games in the SEC, therefore I give them almost zero chance of competing and predict we will likely be the SEC doormat for the foreseable future.

eyewild writes:

in response to rumaso:

Previous coach began with a much better staff than these guys but Dooley was as bad a head coach as his last hire(Sal) was a defensive coordinator. Still, If Dooley hadn't hit his head and hired Bubba Sal, this program was on its way. This new bunch are in way over their heads. I HATE TO SAY IT BUT... enthuziasm and rah rah speechs don't recruit great players or win games in the SEC, therefore I give them almost zero chance of competing and predict we will likely be the SEC doormat for the foreseable future.

actually a coach that is all fired up about his program can help in recruiting and just because asst coaches are not household names doesn't make them bad coaches. I would rather have a staff that knows each other very well and the defensive coach knows how to plan for the no huddle offensive. was obvious this year that the3-4 alignment would not work with no huddle because of a lack of depth and speed. but settle down and reserve your negativity till after the spring practice at the very least. we will know more after we see them work with the team.

hateNCloveTN writes:

in response to KevGoVols1981:

There would be no negative impact on recruitment because the entire offense will look different 2 years from now. we will be in a spread style pro uptempo offense, apparently, and we will need speedy horses to run wild in it. that includes a speedy good hands wideout corps, which we have the makings of already, sans hunter and patterson provided they both leave (i think justin hunter will stay). We need fast and strong running back for the spread, something we already have in lane and neal and devrin young. devrin will especially thrive in the spread because he is a taylor made scat back for the spread. so i suppose i am undermining my comment a bit, but tyler/patterson/hunter/rajion/marlin lane wont be here in 2 years, so we will look different. but for now our offense can be explosive even if the big 3 leave. in my honest opinion, justin worley is a better quarterback and bray is the better thrower. ill take the better qb any day. GBO and ill finally hang up and listen to your comments. have a good'n.

I wouldn't be upset if Bray and Hunter left, but it would be great if we could keep Paterson. Like you, I think Worley is a better manager/quaterback and would be better match the new coaching staff. We need help (quickly) in the defensive backfield. Our backs are just too slow and not athletic enough.

dyoder1122#635275 writes:

in response to mikethehistorystudent:

He said that he would put together the best staff in the country. Mark that as his first lie to us.

I tend to agree with you. I have a hard time believing the Cinci defensive coordinator has been recognized as being the Best by any One out there that has a clue. Maybe he is, but sure seems like a risky hire to hope that they can pull together one of the worst defenses on college football.

rlengland4 writes:

Why wouldn't Coach Jones look to TD Woods who coached five seasons as the wide receivers coach for Tulane and five years at Ole Miss. The following is taken from the Tulane Football website.

In Woods' fourth season, Casey Robottom accounted for 55 receptions for 633 yards and four touchdowns, in 9 games which ranked among the league's best. TU's receivers combined for 186 receptions for 2,173 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Woods' receiving group in 2009 was led by Jeremy Williams who cemented his place among TU's greatest wide-outs with 1,113 yards and seven scores on 84 receptions for the year. Under Woods' watchful eye, Williams ranked among Conference USA's top five receivers in both receptions per game and receiving yards per contest. He was the South MVP in the Under Armour Senior Bowl and signed as free agent with the San Diego Chargers.

Woods joined the Green Wave after spending the 2006 season as the wide receiver coach/return specialist at Jacksonville State University.

From 2000-05, Woods was the wide receivers coach/return specialist at the University of Mississippi and helped the Rebels to two bowl victories, a 10-win season for the first time since 1971, and to the SEC West Division title. Under his guidance, Ole Miss wide-out Chris Collins set or tied nine school receiving records and was a first-team All-SEC performer.

Prior to Ole Miss, Woods served in the same capacity at Western Carolina from 1997-2001, where two of his receivers surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Woods broke into the college ranks at Appalachian State during the 1996-97 campaign as a wide receivers coach.

As a collegian at the University of Tennessee from 1985-89, Woods was a two-time All-SEC selection in 1988 and 1989 and completed his career as the Volunteer's single-season and career receiving leader.

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