Source: Derrick Ansley added to UT staff

What began with the departure of wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett and reached its tipping point late last month when Lance Thompson became the sixth football coach to leave Tennessee during the offseason came to an end Thursday.

The hiring of Derrick Ansley, which was confirmed to the News Sentinel by a source not authorized to speak publicly about personnel matters, gives the Vols a complete group of assistant coaches for the first time since Baggett’s departure and puts an official end to the widespread shake-up on Derek Dooley’s staff.

UT did not officially acknowledge the hire Thursday, but Ansley’s name was listed on the office directory inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.

Ansley, 31, joins the Vols after spending two months as a defensive backs coach on George O’Leary’s staff at Central Florida. Though his time with the Golden Knights was short, he made an impact on the recruiting trail, as he was credited with helping flip former Kentucky commitment Jacoby Glenn, a safety from Mobile, Ala.

He signed on with the Golden Knights after two seasons as a graduate assistant in the secondary at Alabama, where he helped develop Crimson Tide standouts Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie.

Ansley, who was on the sidelines for Alabama’s games, worked directly under defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt. His two years with the program coincided with new UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri’s final two seasons at Alabama.

A Tallassee, Ala., native, Ansley played his college ball at Troy. He started 40 consecutive games, finished fifth in the nation with nine interceptions as a junior and graduated as the program’s all-time leader with 19 career interceptions.

Upon graduating from Troy with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, Ansley went on to coach defensive backs for five years at Huntingdon College, a small Division III school in Montgomery, Ala. Ansley also served as Huntingdon’s recruiting coordinator for three seasons.

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VolVox writes:

Is he replacing Terry Joseph? How will responsibilities be allocated?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

UAK: University of Alabama at Knoxville.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to VolVox:

Is he replacing Terry Joseph? How will responsibilities be allocated?

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel

tree_em_smokey writes:

Been in the making for a while now. Welcome Mr. Ansley!

tnvolfan30 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

UAK: University of Alabama at Knoxville.

If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em! Who the F cares where they come from!

RoadTrip writes:

It does kind of feel like Bama's North Campus lately. We just have to keep in mind that everybody on Bama's staff recently has been a transplant. Instead maybe we ought to call it The University of Tennessee at Sabanville.

buxavol writes:

Who??

oskie_score writes:

Good hire, IMO.

GreerVol22 writes:

i was gonna say something about missing Lance Thompson, but it looks like we don't need LB's anyway. this will be a weak link on D. Lance made very average guys play well above their level.

welcome to the new kid

heyitsme writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

UAK: University of Alabama at Knoxville.

Are you saying that U of A are slave owners, and maintain all rights of ownership simply 'cause they once worked for the university?

Caspian writes:

I've never understood why people are concerned about a coach coming from a successful program. The overwhelming majority of coaches do not consider themselves as being "Alabama" or "Florida" or "Tennessee". They're a coach. They weren't born in Alabama. Most were working somewhere else before they took the last job. Now they're looking to make the best next career move. Especially in these days of "win now or you're fired". There's very little loyalty to coaches from the universities. Why would one think loyalty to a university would be uppermost in the mind of a coach? If they have the background and the skills you're looking for, and they come from a very successful program -- then that's what you're looking for. I consider the fact that we've hired several very well-qualified people from Alabama to be a very positive thing.

VolfanClinton writes:

in response to tnvolfan30:

If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em! Who the F cares where they come from!

Only this University of Alabama at Knoxville loses to a horrible Kentucky team playing a wide receiver at quarterback because of Dooley !!!!

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to Caspian:

I've never understood why people are concerned about a coach coming from a successful program. The overwhelming majority of coaches do not consider themselves as being "Alabama" or "Florida" or "Tennessee". They're a coach. They weren't born in Alabama. Most were working somewhere else before they took the last job. Now they're looking to make the best next career move. Especially in these days of "win now or you're fired". There's very little loyalty to coaches from the universities. Why would one think loyalty to a university would be uppermost in the mind of a coach? If they have the background and the skills you're looking for, and they come from a very successful program -- then that's what you're looking for. I consider the fact that we've hired several very well-qualified people from Alabama to be a very positive thing.

Excellent.

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

Only this University of Alabama at Knoxville loses to a horrible Kentucky team playing a wide receiver at quarterback because of Dooley !!!!

I blamed you.

Codfiddle writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

i was gonna say something about missing Lance Thompson, but it looks like we don't need LB's anyway. this will be a weak link on D. Lance made very average guys play well above their level.

welcome to the new kid

Seems to me we have been depleted because of injuries more than talent. Nigel Mitchell-Thorton was a 4*, Greg King has been very productive when not injured, Herman Lathers will be back for his last year (previous year he played came with 70+ tackles), and we have 2 absolute stud sophomores in Curt Maggit and AJ Johnson. We are also using a different base defense, which will require some different breeds of LBs. Guys that would normally be fast DEs are now big LBs. It's gonna be ok. Let's not feed the conspiracy that we have no talent. This was the weakest class yet from CDD, and it was still in the TOP 20!!! We are having terrible luck getting anyone to come wear the poor orange and white...ummmm or not. Who cares about all of these stupid rating systems. They are all based on what prospects decide to pay money to go to camps. Some people just don't want to. Jerod Mayo was a 3 star. So was MANY of the top playmakers in the country every year. ALL OF BOISE ST! So just calm down. Don't panic. Have faith in Dooley. He is at the least better than the gutless wonder Kiffin. Our players have character now. We are developing some strong moral player (if you do not think that matters you are sadly mistaken), and our coaching staff is really good. It takes time. We just all got our hopes crushed last year because we started out so well, and then injuries came in to toll. WE WILL BE FINE. DO NOT PANIC. WE ARE THE 6 TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION! WE ARE A HISTORIC PROGRAM WITH A CONCRETE FOUNDATION! WE ARE THE BIG ORANGE.

MD_Vol writes:

He sure didn't stay at UCF very long - about 6 weeks

voldog70 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

UAK: University of Alabama at Knoxville.

I bet some people would complain if UT hired Peyton Manning as quarterback coach. After all he was born in New Orleans and his dad and brothers played at Ole Miss.

tennesseebee writes:

Bammers, why are you worried if we have staff from Alabama? Saban is from WV and precious Bear was from Arkansas. Don't worry you can still claim Ruben "Velvet Teddybear" Studdard! LOL

Bubba_Knows writes:

Is the Alabama Waterboy available to play? He would probably be our best player.

oscar285 writes:

in response to Caspian:

I've never understood why people are concerned about a coach coming from a successful program. The overwhelming majority of coaches do not consider themselves as being "Alabama" or "Florida" or "Tennessee". They're a coach. They weren't born in Alabama. Most were working somewhere else before they took the last job. Now they're looking to make the best next career move. Especially in these days of "win now or you're fired". There's very little loyalty to coaches from the universities. Why would one think loyalty to a university would be uppermost in the mind of a coach? If they have the background and the skills you're looking for, and they come from a very successful program -- then that's what you're looking for. I consider the fact that we've hired several very well-qualified people from Alabama to be a very positive thing.

Couldn't agree more. Excellent post.

Bubba_Knows writes:

Alabama North Yes - Just be glad that we are not Penn State.

Bigger_Al writes:

I think Sal is going to coach LB's and TJ and this guy will coach DB's. Maybe makes sense given that we will play anywhere from 4 to 6 DB's at once.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Welcome, Coach! Go Vols!

jt45 writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

Only this University of Alabama at Knoxville loses to a horrible Kentucky team playing a wide receiver at quarterback because of Dooley !!!!

You must be related to JA and I bet you have your biggest achievement/post saved so you don't have to work so hard at typing the same old news over and over. At some point you will realize life has passed you by while you wasted away in your powerlessness over all things UT.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

UAK: University of Alabama at Knoxville.

Good one.

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

Only this University of Alabama at Knoxville loses to a horrible Kentucky team playing a wide receiver at quarterback because of Dooley !!!!

I quess it was Dooley's fault when Coach Fulmer's 4th ranked Vols, with Manning at qb, lost to Memphis.
It happens, get over it.

VOLtage writes:

Roll Vols Roll

tovolny writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

UAK: University of Alabama at Knoxville.

Nice remark! Hart must be pushing all the buttons when it comes to hiring assistants.

Why have we not reached out to Darryl Dickey (the one from Tennessee, not Kansas); Al Wilson; and Dale Jones. Alumni assistants are more inclined to stick around. Soon, we will have the two starters at Green Bay (Wells and Clifton), Peyton Manning, Deon Grant, Jabari Greer among others ready to begin their new careers. If we don't at least interview these guys, I will be one unhappy camper.

We have been known for years as the University of North Georgia at Knoxville, as we used to ignore
Memphis. Tri-Cities area guys are at the point they don't even expect a visit from a UT recruiter.

We have Chattanooga, Nashville, Jackson, Tri-CIties, Knoxville, Greeneville, Moristown, McMinnville, Clarksville, etc, etc. etc., but we would rather spend lots of time in Atlanta, or Orlando when it comes to recruiting. With the exception of Memphis and Nashville, Atlanta and Orlando are perhaps a more entertaining place to hang around for few days on an expense account. There are countless stories of Bear Bryant visitations in Middle Tennessee and Memphis. How many NFL and ex-NFL players can you name from Memphis and Nashville that played for Tennessee. Reggie White stands out, but who are some more. I can quickly count at least 5 players from Memphis and Nashville that played for other schools. My question is: why don't we recruit these areas with more vigor. Oh, I know, lets go to Disney World. POOOGGGHHHH!

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

in response to VOLtage:

Roll Vols Roll

Now that was funny!

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to buxavol:

Who??

I am not for sure how long he was at UCF but last year their defense allowed about 20 more yards per game in the air than ours but their opponents had a significant lower completion percentage and they allowed less passing TDs than we did. I am a HUGE UT fan and I hope the best for this coach no matter where he was born!VFL

VOLliven2it writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

Only this University of Alabama at Knoxville loses to a horrible Kentucky team playing a wide receiver at quarterback because of Dooley !!!!

Keep Trolling, no one really cares. The last time I looked this was 2012 not 2011.

volnvette03 writes:

in response to Caspian:

I've never understood why people are concerned about a coach coming from a successful program. The overwhelming majority of coaches do not consider themselves as being "Alabama" or "Florida" or "Tennessee". They're a coach. They weren't born in Alabama. Most were working somewhere else before they took the last job. Now they're looking to make the best next career move. Especially in these days of "win now or you're fired". There's very little loyalty to coaches from the universities. Why would one think loyalty to a university would be uppermost in the mind of a coach? If they have the background and the skills you're looking for, and they come from a very successful program -- then that's what you're looking for. I consider the fact that we've hired several very well-qualified people from Alabama to be a very positive thing.

Exactly! Only the idiots who trash UT coaches by saying no one else wants them are the same ones complaining wnen we are hiring Bama coaches. I take it as a smart move to hire away the coaches from a successful program.

torchbearer writes:

tJ will likely still be a part of secondary. he is recruiting coord. as well, so from the start, it was thought that someone would come in and work specifically with the corners to relieve some of tj's load. I also wouldnt be surprised if tj was also eventually asst. hc. he has been with dd for years.
if he leaves, dd should be fired. he is an excellent coach

"One that beareth a torch standeth in shadow to give light to others"

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

i was gonna say something about missing Lance Thompson, but it looks like we don't need LB's anyway. this will be a weak link on D. Lance made very average guys play well above their level.

welcome to the new kid

Weak link? Do you realize that our D-coordinator led the best linebackers in the nation last year? Sunseri will take our extremely young and talented linebackers to the next level and if you think Johnson and Maggit are average than you obviously don't know how to evaluate talent. Lets pull together and be a little more supportive of our vols on this site, we will be a better team next year! VFL

totoiv writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Oh great! There you go bringing up the Arkansas loss. Wasn't that even further back than the Kentucky loss? Yes, all we saw that day was the rear-ends of the Arkansas players as we chased them to the endzone. And yes we did suck. Butt do we have to keep brining it up.

darbhoo writes:

in response to atributetoLombardiwasbanned:

I quess it was Dooley's fault when Coach Fulmer's 4th ranked Vols, with Manning at qb, lost to Memphis.
It happens, get over it.

Agreed. Win, lose or draw, I am a VOL. This negative nonsense is really getting old. We were bad WITH Fulmer and did not get better with Kiffin. Dooley is not dragging the program down...it was already down.

Come on Vol Fans enought whining is enough. Buckle up your guts and get behind this team. If you are truly a Volunteer, they are the ONLY team you have. Help them get better, not kick them to the curb.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

in response to Caspian:

I've never understood why people are concerned about a coach coming from a successful program. The overwhelming majority of coaches do not consider themselves as being "Alabama" or "Florida" or "Tennessee". They're a coach. They weren't born in Alabama. Most were working somewhere else before they took the last job. Now they're looking to make the best next career move. Especially in these days of "win now or you're fired". There's very little loyalty to coaches from the universities. Why would one think loyalty to a university would be uppermost in the mind of a coach? If they have the background and the skills you're looking for, and they come from a very successful program -- then that's what you're looking for. I consider the fact that we've hired several very well-qualified people from Alabama to be a very positive thing.

You are so right! It would be great if we had all former VOL players as coaches AND a top notch program year in and year out! But in the "instant everything" world we live in coaches will be fortunate to make it 10 years! Assistant coaches will turnover even more! It is more business and hype than ever before! Schools either adapt or get left behind! One of the positive things that MH did to help was improve the facilities. I still think we are headed in the right direction. This year will be a better indicator than the past two. imo

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You people act is if the Kentucky loss is the only thing happened bad to UT. Its not only the fact UT lost to Kentucky, they also had to beat Vandy at home in overtime after Vandy led late and blocked a punt to seal the win, only to see UT get a lucky roughing the punter by a player that didnt block the punt. Next UT has not beaten a Top 50 foe in 2 years. UT had seniors tell you the team quit on Dooley late last season, and the year before a 4 year Senior Gerald Jones told a Top recruit to chose Auburn over UT. Then 6 coaches up and quit on the program for no promotions and are replaced with inexperienced coaches like the new DC. All this after watching good player after player just quit and walk away from an SEC school and free ride to go to lesser schools. What other evidence do you need to see the players have no respect for this head coach. Dooley made a fool of the University and divided the team letting Jackson quit school, miss all the spring and summer workouts and return as a starter, only to fail again. If you cant see Dooley lost this team and assistant coaches then you sir are blinded by ignorance. Kentucky was just an end to a horrible situation that started with Douglas,Brown,Lamison, Stephens, and other quitting the first year. Then OKU, Arnett, and others quit the next year. Truth be known the entire team quit, and thats why UT lost to Kentucky. Until UT spends 5 million per year for a real head coach the misery will continue KMart style.

VatoMobile writes:

UAK beats USCK any day.

drum56 writes:

I don't know about you guys but i'm getting excited! We are turning the corner....GBO!!!

VolFaninNiota writes:

in response to tovolny:

Nice remark! Hart must be pushing all the buttons when it comes to hiring assistants.

Why have we not reached out to Darryl Dickey (the one from Tennessee, not Kansas); Al Wilson; and Dale Jones. Alumni assistants are more inclined to stick around. Soon, we will have the two starters at Green Bay (Wells and Clifton), Peyton Manning, Deon Grant, Jabari Greer among others ready to begin their new careers. If we don't at least interview these guys, I will be one unhappy camper.

We have been known for years as the University of North Georgia at Knoxville, as we used to ignore
Memphis. Tri-Cities area guys are at the point they don't even expect a visit from a UT recruiter.

We have Chattanooga, Nashville, Jackson, Tri-CIties, Knoxville, Greeneville, Moristown, McMinnville, Clarksville, etc, etc. etc., but we would rather spend lots of time in Atlanta, or Orlando when it comes to recruiting. With the exception of Memphis and Nashville, Atlanta and Orlando are perhaps a more entertaining place to hang around for few days on an expense account. There are countless stories of Bear Bryant visitations in Middle Tennessee and Memphis. How many NFL and ex-NFL players can you name from Memphis and Nashville that played for Tennessee. Reggie White stands out, but who are some more. I can quickly count at least 5 players from Memphis and Nashville that played for other schools. My question is: why don't we recruit these areas with more vigor. Oh, I know, lets go to Disney World. POOOGGGHHHH!

Wasn't Reggie White from Chattanooga?

agentorange writes:

That is a good, fair article about the state of the program. I would expect the KNS to take some notes on how to write something that was NOT a pile of shiz like Adams has been cranking out.

tovolny writes:

in response to tennesseebee:

Bammers, why are you worried if we have staff from Alabama? Saban is from WV and precious Bear was from Arkansas. Don't worry you can still claim Ruben "Velvet Teddybear" Studdard! LOL

Wallace Wade
Bobby Dodd
Grantland Rice
Mack Brown
Steve Spurrier
Johnny Majors
Phil Fulmer
Lloyd Carr
John Cooper
Tommy Prothro

******that's enough**********

These guys grew up in the state of Tennessee.
Can you say: "Hall of Fame".......?

DooleysOrangePants writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

UAK: University of Alabama at Knoxville.

if they start winning like bama what are you gonna cry about then?

Ironcity writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

You people act is if the Kentucky loss is the only thing happened bad to UT. Its not only the fact UT lost to Kentucky, they also had to beat Vandy at home in overtime after Vandy led late and blocked a punt to seal the win, only to see UT get a lucky roughing the punter by a player that didnt block the punt. Next UT has not beaten a Top 50 foe in 2 years. UT had seniors tell you the team quit on Dooley late last season, and the year before a 4 year Senior Gerald Jones told a Top recruit to chose Auburn over UT. Then 6 coaches up and quit on the program for no promotions and are replaced with inexperienced coaches like the new DC. All this after watching good player after player just quit and walk away from an SEC school and free ride to go to lesser schools. What other evidence do you need to see the players have no respect for this head coach. Dooley made a fool of the University and divided the team letting Jackson quit school, miss all the spring and summer workouts and return as a starter, only to fail again. If you cant see Dooley lost this team and assistant coaches then you sir are blinded by ignorance. Kentucky was just an end to a horrible situation that started with Douglas,Brown,Lamison, Stephens, and other quitting the first year. Then OKU, Arnett, and others quit the next year. Truth be known the entire team quit, and thats why UT lost to Kentucky. Until UT spends 5 million per year for a real head coach the misery will continue KMart style.

Its over move on!! Great thing about sports is nobody cares what you did last year once the near year starts.

TennVolgal writes:

in response to tovolny:

Wallace Wade
Bobby Dodd
Grantland Rice
Mack Brown
Steve Spurrier
Johnny Majors
Phil Fulmer
Lloyd Carr
John Cooper
Tommy Prothro

******that's enough**********

These guys grew up in the state of Tennessee.
Can you say: "Hall of Fame".......?

LOL too funny!! and so true!!!

tovolny writes:

in response to VolFaninNiota:

Wasn't Reggie White from Chattanooga?

Yes. I lost a line on my Droid Thunderbolt. White was a Chattanooga standout. These small screens, three words wide, are hard to edit.

Thanks for your correction.

Tacamo01 writes:

Sal has got coaches that can coach and also bring chemistry to this years defense! Welcome to the big orange!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

would much rather they have Bama experience than NW Idaho State, Eastern Nevada at Reno, or NNW by East San Francisco State!!

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