KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s 2017 coaching staff is complete following Tuesday’s hiring of Kevin Beard.
The receivers coach at Florida International University accepted the same position with the Vols, replacing Zach Azzanni, who left for the Chicago Bears last week.
Volquest.com first reported the news. Sources confirmed the news to SEC Country.
Beard is reunited with Tennessee offensive coordinator Larry Scott, as the two worked together at Miami in 2014 and 2015. Beard was the Hurricanes’ director of football operations before earning a promotion to receivers coach in 2015.
Beard was not retained by Mark Richt at Miami last season, spending a year as an offensive analyst at Georgia. He joined Butch Davis’ staff at FIU in December.
The 36-year-old assistant has a reputation as a strong recruiter, with extensive ties in South Florida.
The Plantation, Fla., native was a team captain at Miami in 2003, winning a national title with the Canes in 2001.
After a brief professional career in the Arena Leage, Beard moved into coaching, working at University High School in Miami and managing several 7-on-7 teams.
Beard’s hiring completes an overhaul to Butch Jones’ 2017 staff. Tennessee’s fifth-year head coach promoted Scott to OC, while parting ways with secondary coach Willie Martinez and offensive line coach Don Mahoney. He poached defensive backs coach Charlton Warren from North Carolina and promoted Walt Wells to OL assistant. He also hired a new strength and conditioning coordinator (Rock Gullickson) and added a quarterbacks coach in Mike Canales from North Texas.
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