Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer has named linebackers coach John Chavis as
defensive coordinator, replacing Larry Marmie, who left the Vol staff for a
position at UCLA.
Chavis, who played at Tennessee from 1976-78, joined the Vol staff in 1989,
coaching the defensive line his first season and making the switch to
linebackers coach in 1990.
"I'm pleased to appoint John Chavis as our new defensive coordinator,"
Fulmer said. "I felt strongly about John as soon as the position became
available, but I decided to wait and think about it for a few days, and my
feelings haven't changed.
"I have observed John for five years and he is very qualified for the
increased responsibilities. He loves the University of Tennessee, is
intelligent and has a great work ethic. I have watched him help put
together game plans under both Larry Lacewell and Larry Marmie and both are
extremely complimentary of, and confident in, his abilities.
Chavis, a native of Dillon, S.C., came to Tennessee as a walk-on defensive
lineman and was later granted scholarship on the basis of his scrappy play
at middle guard and tackle.
Before coming to Tennessee, Chavis had been defensive coordinator at
Alabama A&M (1986-88), leading the Division II school to the best defensive
record in the nation. Before taking the defensive coordinator position with
Alabama A&M, Chavis was a graduate assistant at Tennessee (1979), defensive
line coach in an earlier stint with Alabama A&M (1980-83) and then
defensive line coach and defensive coordinator at Alabama State in
"This appointment is also important to me, the staff and the team from a
continuity standpoint," Fulmer said. "We made good progress the last seven
weeks of the season, growing in the right direction of defense. Our early
games next fall are key one and this continuity and familiarity with the
system should help us."
Chavis' appointment left Tennessee football program with one coaching
vacancy left to fill.
Fulmer names defensive coordinator
Published: Mon Feb 27, 1995 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:49 p.m.