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.