Tennessee confirms hiring of new special teams/tight ends coach Charlie Coiner

Charlie Coiner will fill the same position as the one left by Eric Russell, as the innovative coaching veteran will direct Tennessee's tight ends and special teams, UT announced Friday in its official confirmation of the hire.

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

Terms of Coiner's deal were not released.

Coiner, 51, last coached in 2010 at North Carolina, where he filled in as a defensive line coach. He spent 2011 in Austin, Texas, where he started the software company 1stDown Technologies, which recently released an application for the iPad and iPhone that features 2,600 interactive plays used by football teams at all levels.

From 2001 to 2009, Coiner worked as a tight ends and special teams coach for the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills. His NCAA career has featured stops at Minnesota, Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Texas Southern, Louisville, Chattanooga and LSU.

In 1990, Coiner worked under new UT defensive line coach John Palermo in the one year Palermo served as the head coach at Austin Peay. His 2010 stint at North Carolina saw him work on the same staff as new UT offensive line coach Sam Pittman. Coiner's time at Louisville (1995-97) coincided with that of new UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri, who was the Cardinals' linebackers coach during that stretch.

The Vols initially targeted San Diego Chargers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia for the opening, which was created when Russell left in December to work in a similar position with Mike Leach at Washington State. Bisaccia, though, could not get out of his contract and has since received a promotion to assistant head coach-special teams with the Chargers.

One coaching vacancy remains on a UT staff that has seen six coaches leave the program since the end of the 2011 season. That hire will likely work on the defensive side of the ball.

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torchbearer writes:

no where to go but up

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

BR_549 writes:

At least he has no connection to Alabama, or Lipton U: tea bag capital of the south.

wigmeister writes:

Welcome, enjoy your time here, and turn our special teams into a feared unit!

rusty_shackleford writes:

looks like he was out of coaching last year?

SummittsCourt writes:

Once again a coaching hire that is an upgrade.

Congrats and welcome aboard coach.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Hmmmm....Lets see here...

Knowledge and experience coaching kickers...check

Same with coaching Special Teams...check

Same with coaching Tight Ends...check

Same with coaching on the O and D sides of the ball

Knowledge and experience in college, SEC and in the NFL...check

Resume' and NFL contacts which will seriously help recruiting better players...check

Has worked with some of our coaches in the past so knows what he's getting into with Tennessee...check

Wouldn't come to Tennessee if there was any truth to the LIES that CDD could be gone after next season...check

Looks like a excellent hire to me!

CDD's 1st coaching staff was put together really fast while he was also very busy trying to hold our recruiting class together and adding some other good players like Da'rick Rogers.

Now he has a good, smart AD with Hart who's impressed with CDD and his rebuilding plan so now he's finally making serious upgrades with better coaches and much better recruiters.

Great job CDD!!!

VFL...GBO!!!

Stepchild_nFL writes:

The Defense really seems to be coming together. Coaching staff seems solid and with Lathers back and all the new backers we should be pretty good next year.

born2ride writes:

I hope he enjoys his year in Knoxville.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to BR_549:

At least he has no connection to Alabama, or Lipton U: tea bag capital of the south.

You mean that school UT looks up to in alltime wins, series record, bowl wins, SEC Titles, NCs, and 10 win season totals? Did I leave out anything else?

BR_549 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

You mean that school UT looks up to in alltime wins, series record, bowl wins, SEC Titles, NCs, and 10 win season totals? Did I leave out anything else?

Most trees on opposition campuses poisoned in one season. Most opposing fans shot. Most same sex sexual assaults after one game.

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to BR_549:

At least he has no connection to Alabama, or Lipton U: tea bag capital of the south.

Good one.

volforeverandever writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

You mean that school UT looks up to in alltime wins, series record, bowl wins, SEC Titles, NCs, and 10 win season totals? Did I leave out anything else?

Yes your Krystals are ready.

BolivrBob writes:

Good hires. Recruiting looks and should improve even more here right here at the end. Future looks good to me. On the right track.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Good replies to the idiot.........rtrchatt.
One thing's for sure, death, taxes, and trolls like this one and br549 plus born-to-be-a-troll.

Sounds like a good hire guys and things are taking shape. We'll move ahead and let the trolls stand here jabbering in the wind !

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Sounds good to me! Good luck, Coach, and glad to have you! Make us proud! The first thing you need to learn:

Florida Sucks!
Alabama Sucks!
Georgis Sucks!

Well you get the picture! Go Vols!

TheVolSnake writes:

Great Hire, we need a D.back coach or a QB coach to round us out. There has been rumors that Payton will come when he retires if true then a good D.back coach would be a good choice.

I like the the upgrades in staff and we have great personnel just needed to get back up players and fill a few holes and we will be OK.

Last year 80% of the games we lost in the second half because of the lack of back ups and injuries.

I think the problem we had on the O.line was lack of Technique and moving players around to different positions.

The one thing that I do worry about is no O.Line recruited this year.

tanasi2 writes:

Great hire? Where have I heard that before? I can't wait until you guys start predicting that the Vols will win the East this year!!!! Yeah right! Look for another 5-7 season and the end of the Dooley era. You heard it here first!!

TheVolSnake writes:

It amazes me how many Gator fans come to a Vol site to write BS and to spout off of how bad we are. You had tons of 5 Star recruits and you finished 7-6 this year and didn’t have the schedule the Vols had and we played the 1st and 2nd ranked teams back to back.

Maybe you need to see what went wrong with Your program before bashing others.

I can fully understand Bama and LSU talking smack and they should be very proud of their accomplishments this year and I congratulate them.

Me personally am very happy with our Head Coach and the very excited about the new coaching staff that has come in. Looks like our recruiting class is going to be good, and most of our injured players are healthy. By the way if Bray was sick and we had Hunter we would have beat KY and would have had the same record as the Gators.

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

You mean that school UT looks up to in alltime wins, series record, bowl wins, SEC Titles, NCs, and 10 win season totals? Did I leave out anything else?

yes, that you are a tool.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to tanasi2:

Great hire? Where have I heard that before? I can't wait until you guys start predicting that the Vols will win the East this year!!!! Yeah right! Look for another 5-7 season and the end of the Dooley era. You heard it here first!!

I don’t predict we will win the East I thing Ga (bulldogs) will win the east, but looking at the schedule I see a 9 Win season very possible 10 if we beat Fla, Ga. or Bama.

I don’t think we will beat Bama or Ga, but if I was a Gator I would be worried.

South Carolina will be a hard game and will be even tougher because we play Bama the game before but with the talent we have can put it off in Colombia this year

Stepchild_nFL writes:

I agree with Titan. With these coaches knowing one another they should gel and coach as a unit. This should spill over to the players and they will come together as a family. This would solve the main problem we had towards the end of last season.

D coaches are loaded with experiance and the new players coming in and the veterans are showing character. I am optimistic.With the O as well.

BR_549 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Good replies to the idiot.........rtrchatt.
One thing's for sure, death, taxes, and trolls like this one and br549 plus born-to-be-a-troll.

Sounds like a good hire guys and things are taking shape. We'll move ahead and let the trolls stand here jabbering in the wind !

why are you calling me a troll? I have a diploma from UTK hanging on my wall from 1978. I have taken a pledge , like the "U", Miami this year, a self imposed bowl ban. Mine was on name calling and negative posts but OCV your trying my patience.

drum56 writes:

upgrade! GBO!!!

NottaVol writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Once again a coaching hire that is an upgrade.

Congrats and welcome aboard coach.

Buzz Lightyear would be an upgrade.

NottaVol writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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It ain't free, they earn it.

BreweryVol writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

Hmmmm....Lets see here...

Knowledge and experience coaching kickers...check

Same with coaching Special Teams...check

Same with coaching Tight Ends...check

Same with coaching on the O and D sides of the ball

Knowledge and experience in college, SEC and in the NFL...check

Resume' and NFL contacts which will seriously help recruiting better players...check

Has worked with some of our coaches in the past so knows what he's getting into with Tennessee...check

Wouldn't come to Tennessee if there was any truth to the LIES that CDD could be gone after next season...check

Looks like a excellent hire to me!

CDD's 1st coaching staff was put together really fast while he was also very busy trying to hold our recruiting class together and adding some other good players like Da'rick Rogers.

Now he has a good, smart AD with Hart who's impressed with CDD and his rebuilding plan so now he's finally making serious upgrades with better coaches and much better recruiters.

Great job CDD!!!

VFL...GBO!!!

Thank You! I thought I was the only VFL still out there. I may not like everything that has happened on CDD's watch, but I will support him 100% while he is our head coach. Matter of fact I just paid my donation for season tickets next year. Good luck TN on NSD!

mtthw741 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

You mean that school UT looks up to in alltime wins, series record, bowl wins, SEC Titles, NCs, and 10 win season totals? Did I leave out anything else?

Most denim shorts and tank tops per home game.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

To the Alabama poster, who deep down knows it's better to be us:
Just remember one thing...One....We don't look up to anyone.....Get it? Good.....

nocleats writes:

This hire also gives Tennessee 2 coaches who coached against and know about NC State.. Looks like game 1 is a high priority.

TommyJack writes:

The KNS cubicle boys are alive and well on this thread.

rockytopinga writes:

I did not know that we have a special teams to coach.

Vol43 writes:

in response to mtthw741:

Most denim shorts and tank tops per home game.

The loving gay_tors affectionately refer to them as 'jorts', a cross between jeans and shorts. Typically, they wear them just below the knee so as to not carpet burn their knees, you see. And the tank tops, well the 'in' thing is to have your boyfriend's initials tatted on your little shoulder.

Vol43 writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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tennezz writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

You mean that school UT looks up to in alltime wins, series record, bowl wins, SEC Titles, NCs, and 10 win season totals? Did I leave out anything else?

He is talking about the one that buys its NC trophys [win or lose] at walmart every year!

givehim6 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

Hmmmm....Lets see here...

Knowledge and experience coaching kickers...check

Same with coaching Special Teams...check

Same with coaching Tight Ends...check

Same with coaching on the O and D sides of the ball

Knowledge and experience in college, SEC and in the NFL...check

Resume' and NFL contacts which will seriously help recruiting better players...check

Has worked with some of our coaches in the past so knows what he's getting into with Tennessee...check

Wouldn't come to Tennessee if there was any truth to the LIES that CDD could be gone after next season...check

Looks like a excellent hire to me!

CDD's 1st coaching staff was put together really fast while he was also very busy trying to hold our recruiting class together and adding some other good players like Da'rick Rogers.

Now he has a good, smart AD with Hart who's impressed with CDD and his rebuilding plan so now he's finally making serious upgrades with better coaches and much better recruiters.

Great job CDD!!!

VFL...GBO!!!

Agree CDD's first staff was like a patch work staff, this staff seems to be made one coach at a time relaying on input from staff members and Hart. UT still has CDD but think this years asst. staff will be better.

clvolfan writes:

in response to volman2010:

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Also one of the programs that caused the SEC to limit new signees to 25.

clvolfan writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Great Hire, we need a D.back coach or a QB coach to round us out. There has been rumors that Payton will come when he retires if true then a good D.back coach would be a good choice.

I like the the upgrades in staff and we have great personnel just needed to get back up players and fill a few holes and we will be OK.

Last year 80% of the games we lost in the second half because of the lack of back ups and injuries.

I think the problem we had on the O.line was lack of Technique and moving players around to different positions.

The one thing that I do worry about is no O.Line recruited this year.

Peyton is aware of all the rumors and wishful thinking. I heard a quote from him this week that,he is "not interested in recruiting in college FB".He has a lot of other interest's such as the D1 training centers.My opinion is like most others,that if he retires and coaches he would be with an NFL team in some capacity,or the TV booth.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

AD Hart spent many hours in meetings with CDD before he said or did anything.

Hart is a very smart man and nows what it takes to rebuild a football program back to National contentioin and he's very impressed with CDD and his plan to rebuild our football program.

Hamilton was no help at all to CDD but AD hart is 100% on board and will do anything he can to help CDD keep working on his plan.

The main reason Hard only wanted to give out new asst coaches a 2 year contract is so that if he and CDD see more coaching/recruiting upgrades are needed it will be lots easier to let asst coaches leave and replace them with more upgrades if that need arises.

NOTE...To all you posers/trolls and Tennessee haters....Your FEAR that our UT Vols are coming back strong is so obvious to see that we can understand why you come here to post LIES and try to make yourselves feel better.

FEAR is well known to make ignorant people try to strike out from hidden places against what they FEAR.

Our 1 Ton Dooley truck is loading up with better coaches/recruiters and players and is back on the right road heading for another SEC Championship in a very few years.

BEWARE florida, Bama, Vandy and Georgia trolls because if you step in the way the UT Dooley truck will run right over you and they'll be singing Rocky Top the whole way.

VFL...GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!

MidTennVol writes:

Can anyone tell me who is now coaching wide receivers?

I've been asking this question ever since Baggett left. Also been waiting on an announcement from UT. Still no joy.

UT's website indicates simply that we do not have a WR coach.

Help anyone? Thanks.

torchbearer writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

Can anyone tell me who is now coaching wide receivers?

I've been asking this question ever since Baggett left. Also been waiting on an announcement from UT. Still no joy.

UT's website indicates simply that we do not have a WR coach.

Help anyone? Thanks.

Hinshaw took over WR's and Chaney added QB's in addition to his OC title. It appears the next hire would be on Def. I also wonder who, if any, will carry the title of Asst HC like Baggit did?

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

vol4life22 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

AD Hart spent many hours in meetings with CDD before he said or did anything.

Hart is a very smart man and nows what it takes to rebuild a football program back to National contentioin and he's very impressed with CDD and his plan to rebuild our football program.

Hamilton was no help at all to CDD but AD hart is 100% on board and will do anything he can to help CDD keep working on his plan.

The main reason Hard only wanted to give out new asst coaches a 2 year contract is so that if he and CDD see more coaching/recruiting upgrades are needed it will be lots easier to let asst coaches leave and replace them with more upgrades if that need arises.

NOTE...To all you posers/trolls and Tennessee haters....Your FEAR that our UT Vols are coming back strong is so obvious to see that we can understand why you come here to post LIES and try to make yourselves feel better.

FEAR is well known to make ignorant people try to strike out from hidden places against what they FEAR.

Our 1 Ton Dooley truck is loading up with better coaches/recruiters and players and is back on the right road heading for another SEC Championship in a very few years.

BEWARE florida, Bama, Vandy and Georgia trolls because if you step in the way the UT Dooley truck will run right over you and they'll be singing Rocky Top the whole way.

VFL...GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!

you said it all GBO

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

AD Hart spent many hours in meetings with CDD before he said or did anything.

Hart is a very smart man and nows what it takes to rebuild a football program back to National contentioin and he's very impressed with CDD and his plan to rebuild our football program.

Hamilton was no help at all to CDD but AD hart is 100% on board and will do anything he can to help CDD keep working on his plan.

The main reason Hard only wanted to give out new asst coaches a 2 year contract is so that if he and CDD see more coaching/recruiting upgrades are needed it will be lots easier to let asst coaches leave and replace them with more upgrades if that need arises.

NOTE...To all you posers/trolls and Tennessee haters....Your FEAR that our UT Vols are coming back strong is so obvious to see that we can understand why you come here to post LIES and try to make yourselves feel better.

FEAR is well known to make ignorant people try to strike out from hidden places against what they FEAR.

Our 1 Ton Dooley truck is loading up with better coaches/recruiters and players and is back on the right road heading for another SEC Championship in a very few years.

BEWARE florida, Bama, Vandy and Georgia trolls because if you step in the way the UT Dooley truck will run right over you and they'll be singing Rocky Top the whole way.

VFL...GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!

I am all Vol sir, but I doubt our opponents have much fear of us right now. Dooley's coaching resume suggests otherwise

DougSharp writes:

THANK YOU MR. A.D.!!! Coach Cafeco had to be throwing a fit from the other side of the grave last season. Just one more area where we've gone from a longstanding tradition of solid if not great play to pathetic of late. In no other area of the game is coaching more directly related to the success or failure than in special teams play.

kwcoach writes:

in response to torchbearer:

no where to go but up

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

Getting everything lined up for Sunseri to take over as head coach after next season.

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