Mike Vollmar, a Michigan native who spent three years in football administration at Alabama, has been hired as Tennessee’s new senior associate athletic director in charge of football.
The hire was announced Thursday by Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, who worked with Vollmar at Alabama before coming to UT. Vollmar replaces David Blackburn, who was hired Sunday as new athletic director at Chattanooga.
Vollmar, 48, has served as an assistant AD or football administrator at Michigan (2011-2013), Alabama (2008-2010), Michigan State (1996-2007) and Syracuse (1991-1995). He started his career at Michigan under coach Bo Schembechler in 1998.
A native of Riverview, Mich., in suburban Detroit, Vollmar attended the same high as college coaches Lloyd Carr, Woody Widenhofer and Bill McCartney. He completed his degree at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., and earned a Master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1999.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones also is a Michigan native and most of his coaching staff has worked in the state.
Vollmar’s tenure at Michigan State began under Nick Saban, who called Vollmar “a tremendous asset to the overall success of our football program.”
Vollmar’s roots in Michigan run deep. His father James was a running back at Michigan from 1956-1958.
Vollmar’s salary was not immediately announced. Vollmar made $155,000 at Alabama, according to published reports, and $127,000 at Michigan, according to a public records database. Blackburn made $170,000 at UT.