Tracy Webster promoted to associate head coach

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, left, and assistant coach Tracy Webster, right, talk during the Vols' practice at Holy Cross School in New Orleans, La., Thursday, March 8, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, left, and assistant coach Tracy Webster, right, talk during the Vols' practice at Holy Cross School in New Orleans, La., Thursday, March 8, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced Tuesday that assistant coach Tracy Webster has been promoted to associate head coach.

Details were not released on the status of Webster's contract or if it has been adjusted.

Webster and Martin played against each other as collegians, with Webster starring at Wisconsin and Martin at Purdue. The two then coached alongside each other in 2003-04 when Purdue coach Gene Keady added Webster to a coaching staff already featuring Martin.

The two were reunited on April 5, 2011 when Martin hired Webster as his top assistant at UT.

Webster's base salary prior to the promotion had been $193,000, the highest salary for Martin's three assistants. The highest paid assistant on the women's basketball team, Kyra Elzy, was earning $225,000.

"This is about the work that Tracy has put in," Martin said in a UT release. "He's a tireless worker, and he's driven to see this program be successful. His efforts to develop our current players, along with his efforts in recruiting, deserve to be rewarded."

Webster primarily works with Tennessee's guards and is Martin's lead recruiter.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn

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tennrich1 writes:

Kinda seems a bit premature to me as well...but I dont know the everyday ins and outs...timing doesnt feel right but not that big of a deal..

born2ride writes:

I never liked Gene Keady or Purdue. I am not going to start because we hired Conzo.

FearlessFreep writes:

This is gender equity - in reverse.

Elzy was hired in at a higher salary. The men had to make an adjustment to bring their similar position up to that of the women.

I think this was a unique situation brought on by Pat's retirement and new Women's BB staff. Webster should walk directly next door to Kyra Elzy and say 'THANKS.'

me410ec writes:

in response to born2ride:

I never liked Gene Keady or Purdue. I am not going to start because we hired Conzo.

Who said you had to?????

VolzsFan writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

This is gender equity - in reverse.

Elzy was hired in at a higher salary. The men had to make an adjustment to bring their similar position up to that of the women.

I think this was a unique situation brought on by Pat's retirement and new Women's BB staff. Webster should walk directly next door to Kyra Elzy and say 'THANKS.'

Considering the fact that the men's program has paid all the woman's bills, from expenses not attributed to the woman to the welfare payment made every year, and the fact that the men's NCAA tournament TV revenue alone is $771 million per year, I think every woman's coach should go by their men's counterpart office and say thanks.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Considering the fact that the men's program has paid all the woman's bills, from expenses not attributed to the woman to the welfare payment made every year, and the fact that the men's NCAA tournament TV revenue alone is $771 million per year, I think every woman's coach should go by their men's counterpart office and say thanks.

Not true. Show your figures. Football is the revenue producer, certainly not men's basketball. What tournament revenue earned by the men? They can't get by the first round.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Congrats on the promotion...I guess. Better to say congrats on the increase. I'd rather see him get paid more if the women's coach gets paid...that said? The women have produced more wins...that said we WERE 2nd in the SEC last season no matter what Florida fans think. that said...I hope he earns it with some 4-5* atheletes OR turns some of the 2 and 3 stars into 4 or 5s...that said I think we're ok this season. 'nough said. (really)

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Considering the fact that the men's program has paid all the woman's bills, from expenses not attributed to the woman to the welfare payment made every year, and the fact that the men's NCAA tournament TV revenue alone is $771 million per year, I think every woman's coach should go by their men's counterpart office and say thanks.

I get what you mean but don't think you meant it exactly as you said. I may be wrong but I don't believe UT brought in 771 mill in any sport ever. BUT I don't really watch for that kind of stuff.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

Not true. Show your figures. Football is the revenue producer, certainly not men's basketball. What tournament revenue earned by the men? They can't get by the first round.

NOT TRUE!! Just 3 years ago we went to the ELITE! 4 year ago S. SIXTEEN? But I get your point.

MikeInTN writes:

It will be interesting to see how the Vols do this Fall. The door is open for them to win the East, and make a run in the NCAA tournament.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Considering the fact that the men's program has paid all the woman's bills, from expenses not attributed to the woman to the welfare payment made every year, and the fact that the men's NCAA tournament TV revenue alone is $771 million per year, I think every woman's coach should go by their men's counterpart office and say thanks.

Considering the fact the men's program sucks at this point in terms of W's and recruiting has been a C+ or B-(and the latter is a stretch;)

this is pixxing away money.

Martin should give back part of his salary, not spend more public money because some guy looks across the campus and sees an assistant
from the best woman's basketball program in history, playing for the best basketball coach who ever lived,

making 13% more money. There is no word on whatever fringes that were in the two contracts.

This is about a men's coach who winces when his staff whines...

and it is a staff that was outcoached in 9 of the last 15 games---as was Martin.

And recruiting is mediocre at best.

It is a BBBBBBAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDD move by Martin.

The guy is a great guy, personally.

But he leaves a lot to be desired at a professional level.
,
Makes me wonder if Mike Whosis, the former AD, should be prosecuted for the way the UT sports programs have turned out, due to his decisions.

Yeah, I know, ole Mikey is a good Christian guy.

But his agent was agent for many of the coaches he hired...it is reported...

and...well..uh...

now we have the three major sports teams are not only bad, but very bad.

But then there is the traditional strength of swimming & diving. Oh..uh...er...well...uh...

Okay, then, there is women's basketball . . .uh...you mean where the doofus from Alabammy tossed out the world's greatest basketball coach...who had a huge health problem, but the staff in-place to make the program continue as a winner for the next few years???

Duh...okay...gotcha.

The Board of Regents hires crapheads as AD's is the problem.

And...as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said, "Like attracts like."

FearlessFreep writes:

Anyone who debates that Martin didn't do a good job coaching this bunch is just silly.

There's a lot you can argue with, but the fact that Martin got this squad (picked last by many) to finish second in the SEC is indication enough that coaching wasn't the issue.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Kinda seems a bit premature to me as well...but I dont know the everyday ins and outs...timing doesnt feel right but not that big of a deal..

That maybe because we aren't paying the bill yet. But I do think they looked very good last year so we shall see soon enough. He was a very good player but I don't know much about his coaching skills. CC appears to know what he is doing, again we'll know this season.

johnlg00 writes:

Hopefully, the next recruiting class or two will provide more tangible evidence of why Webster deserved this promotion. I'm not sure I had ever heard of the guy before this article, but--contrary to a poster above--this is not "public" money, so I guess CCM and the UTAD are entitled to spend it any way they like.

jbocap writes:

Congrats!

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to me410ec:

Who said you had to?????

You don't even like yourself.Neither does anyone else like you.

utclassof67 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Considering the fact the men's program sucks at this point in terms of W's and recruiting has been a C+ or B-(and the latter is a stretch;)

this is pixxing away money.

Martin should give back part of his salary, not spend more public money because some guy looks across the campus and sees an assistant
from the best woman's basketball program in history, playing for the best basketball coach who ever lived,

making 13% more money. There is no word on whatever fringes that were in the two contracts.

This is about a men's coach who winces when his staff whines...

and it is a staff that was outcoached in 9 of the last 15 games---as was Martin.

And recruiting is mediocre at best.

It is a BBBBBBAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDD move by Martin.

The guy is a great guy, personally.

But he leaves a lot to be desired at a professional level.
,
Makes me wonder if Mike Whosis, the former AD, should be prosecuted for the way the UT sports programs have turned out, due to his decisions.

Yeah, I know, ole Mikey is a good Christian guy.

But his agent was agent for many of the coaches he hired...it is reported...

and...well..uh...

now we have the three major sports teams are not only bad, but very bad.

But then there is the traditional strength of swimming & diving. Oh..uh...er...well...uh...

Okay, then, there is women's basketball . . .uh...you mean where the doofus from Alabammy tossed out the world's greatest basketball coach...who had a huge health problem, but the staff in-place to make the program continue as a winner for the next few years???

Duh...okay...gotcha.

The Board of Regents hires crapheads as AD's is the problem.

And...as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said, "Like attracts like."

Wrong Board, bud... UT and the BOR are two different animals.

AlpharettaVol writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

It will be interesting to see how the Vols do this Fall. The door is open for them to win the East, and make a run in the NCAA tournament.

I believe they have done away with East and West divisions in basketball in the SEC.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to utclassof67:

Wrong Board, bud... UT and the BOR are two different animals.

Correct. Trustees.
My mistake.
But I believe the Poor prr-season rating was a mistake on the part of some doofus sports writers. The talent to do what was done and more was on campus already. Almost nobody was better at selecting or coaching talent than Pearl and staff.

And some uninformed fans have whined a lot at the supposed lack of talent left by Pearl. But that is simply not the case.

Most of the past year's team's talent was underestimated. Pearl/Jones had almost all of the recruiting class ALREADY chosen that Martin signed. He lost two and went toPearl's B-list for the ones who came. One he brought himself he had to send home simply was not good enough, and left.

And the rest of the players were Pearl's/Jones's already on campus or squirrelled away on some Junior college campus and coming to UT any way.

The team under-performed, and it was under- coached.

SevenT writes:

If this team wins 15 games next season that will be a miricle

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SevenT:

If this team wins 15 games next season that will be a miricle

I've got a hundred bucks that says different. Care to put your money where your mouth is? Why WOULDN'T the Vols win more than 15 games next season? They won more than that last season under a first-year coach with a team that had only one returning starter. This year they have four returning starters and darned near everybody else who suited up last year. Then there is the fact that Golden and Maymon played most of the last month of the season with knee injuries that required post-season surgery. Add to that the fact that Vandy, Miss St., UF, and several other teams lost most of their starting teams and several teams have new coaches. UK will be starting over again--sorry, but there just ISN'T an Anthony Davis coming up every year--and the Vols are looking pretty good to most everybody not wearing blue-tinted shades. So I repeat, will you back up what you said with some Yankee dollars, or will you just content yourself, as usual, with drive-by sniping?

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Considering the fact that the men's program has paid all the woman's bills, from expenses not attributed to the woman to the welfare payment made every year, and the fact that the men's NCAA tournament TV revenue alone is $771 million per year, I think every woman's coach should go by their men's counterpart office and say thanks.

Not in basketball. We lead the nation in home attendance. There's TV money there, too.

I'm gonna be real surprised if the women's basketball program isn't in the black.

yaz5100 writes:

in response to DeaconBooze:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Bruce Pearl did'nt bring in one, so what's the PROBLEM?

txvolsfan writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Considering the fact the men's program sucks at this point in terms of W's and recruiting has been a C+ or B-(and the latter is a stretch;)

this is pixxing away money.

Martin should give back part of his salary, not spend more public money because some guy looks across the campus and sees an assistant
from the best woman's basketball program in history, playing for the best basketball coach who ever lived,

making 13% more money. There is no word on whatever fringes that were in the two contracts.

This is about a men's coach who winces when his staff whines...

and it is a staff that was outcoached in 9 of the last 15 games---as was Martin.

And recruiting is mediocre at best.

It is a BBBBBBAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDD move by Martin.

The guy is a great guy, personally.

But he leaves a lot to be desired at a professional level.
,
Makes me wonder if Mike Whosis, the former AD, should be prosecuted for the way the UT sports programs have turned out, due to his decisions.

Yeah, I know, ole Mikey is a good Christian guy.

But his agent was agent for many of the coaches he hired...it is reported...

and...well..uh...

now we have the three major sports teams are not only bad, but very bad.

But then there is the traditional strength of swimming & diving. Oh..uh...er...well...uh...

Okay, then, there is women's basketball . . .uh...you mean where the doofus from Alabammy tossed out the world's greatest basketball coach...who had a huge health problem, but the staff in-place to make the program continue as a winner for the next few years???

Duh...okay...gotcha.

The Board of Regents hires crapheads as AD's is the problem.

And...as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said, "Like attracts like."

Didn't we finish second in SEC when we were picked 11th?
I thought Zo coached his arse off this year and is a better game coach than Pearl was
Learn the game
Go Vols

johnlg00 writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

"Ill-advised and counterproductive" pretty much sums up runthroughVol's posting history. He just seems to save up stuff and blurts it all out in one big spew. He touches--barely--on so many topics in each post that it is impossible to know where to begin in refuting them. Maybe that's his intention. Or maybe he just has ADHD. Or needs to wear his tin-foil hat more often.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You misunderstand completely . . .

Martin is obviously a great person; but he is not as great as a basketball head coach, so far.

-I admire Martin. He is obviously a major-league overcomer, personally.
-I have no delusions about anything; Pearl's day at UT is over. Because he is perceived as having been bogus, due to his sell-in as a great family man, but his trading of long-term wife for hot new one; and his screwup with Aaron Craft's family and the NCAA...he is UT History, not UT Future.
-Martin is apparently a good mid-major level coach, from his W-L record for one season.
-He is a bad top-tier level Head Coach from the same vantage point.
-And those players that were on the bench were Pearl's 2nd 5-7, with 3-4 of them who would have been his top 5-6 in the season just past.

People who are on the bench much of the time during years 1-3, but are good enough to play the game in collegiate sports in years 3-4, are usually the dependable nucleus around a couple of stars, or guys like Maymon and Stokes. And those guys to whom I refer were just that, and wound up on Martin's team as the other-three of the five man basketball team.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?????

HOW ABOUT NOW???

If not, it's probably over your head. Or maybe, since you sign your name RockyMountainVol, you ARE a head, and nothing I write will be understandable to somebody on a RockyMountainHIGH.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to EightLetters:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

"You may be right? I may be crazy?" But I'm a crazy vol thank God. Why are you here btw?

Your "new Davis" may be good. But I predict he won't be a "Davis" for a while. Also I think Maymon and Hall will be better. None will be in Stoke's league. We will beat the blues catz in Knoxville. I'm still debating Lexington. Tough place. If anyone can upset you at home it will be the Vols.

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