The University of Tennessee announced on Tuesday that former head football coach Philip Fulmer will be working with the university once again. Fulmer’s official title at Tennessee will be a special advisor to the university president for community, athletics and university relations. Fulmer commented on his new role by saying, “This is a special opportuinity for me. I’ve had the chance to work with Dr. DiPietro for a couple of years in a volunteer capacity, and I was excited he approached me with this position. I look forward to serving UT campuses statewide, our communities, and UT athletics for the greater good for our great state and the university.”
Tennessee Athletics Director John Currie commented on the hiring, “As a native Tennessean who has given his all for the Vols throughout his life, both as a student-athlete on the field and during a Hall of Fame coaching career leading our program to its most dominant and successful era in modern history, Coach Fulmer is a perfect ambassador for our University and athletics program,” Currie said. “I’ve appreciated and enjoyed numerous visits with Coach Fulmer since I returned to Knoxville, and I am honored to work with him in support of President DiPietro and Chancellor Davenport as we serve the University of Tennessee, our students and student-athletes.”
Former Vols captain under Fulmer, Jayson Swain, voiced his support for the hiring by tweeting “It was a good move. The obvious right move. This is a great day to be a Vol!
Fulmer played on the offensive line at Tennessee from 1968-71, he also served as the head coach of the football team from 1992-2008. During his span as head coach, Fulmer and the Vols won 5 SEC East division titles, 2 SEC conference championships, and 1 national championship. Fulmer was named the national coach of the year in the 1998 national championship season by almost every major outlet. Fulmer was also inducted in to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.