Sept. 30, 2005
The club will grant Honorary Member status to former assistant football coach David Cutcliffe, current Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations Harris D. "Bud" Ford and current Executive Associate Athletics Director and former assistant football coach Gary Wyant. The club also will present Charlie Coffey and the late Byrl Logan with the Lettermen's Service Award.
Honorary membership to the "T" Club may be bestowed on an individual for outstanding achievement reflecting favorably on the University of Tennessee and specifically its men's and/or women's athletic programs. Nominees shall not have been a letterman in any sport at the University of Tennessee and should not have been previously awarded this distinction. The award is considered the club's highest honor.
Cutcliffe began his Tennessee coaching career as a part-time assistant in 1982. The Birmingham, Ala., native then coached tight ends from 1983-88, running backs in 1989 and quarterbacks from 1990-98. He added the role of passing game coordinator in 1992 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993. He held that post until his departure following the 1998 SEC Championship Game, after which he became head coach at the University of Mississippi.
Ford became Tennessee's first full-time assistant sports information director upon his graduation from UT in 1966 and was promoted to sports information director in 1987 and to associate athletics director in 2000. The Knoxville native supervises a media relations staff of four full-time employees and numerous student assistants who work to promote and publicize Tennessee's athletics programs. Ford was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame in 2001.
Wyant -- a native of Wichita, Kan. -- joined the Tennessee football coaching staff as the defensive backfield coach in 1971 and held that position through the 1975 season. After enjoying additional success in other coaching and business ventures, he returned to UT in 1994 and spent five years as chief of staff for Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer and four years as Senior Associate Athletics Director before being promoted to his current post of Executive Associate Athletics Director in 2002.
The Lettermen's Service Award is for letterwinners, both from the men's and women's athletic departments, whose service to the University of Tennessee, the Athletics Department and their community has highly distinguished them.
Coffey lettered as a member of the Tennessee football team from 1953-55. The Shelbyville, Tenn., native played guard for the Vols and went on to serve as an assistant football coach at Tennessee, tutoring the defensive line from 1963-65. In 1971 he was named head football coach at Virginia Tech, and he guided the Hokies' gridiron efforts through the 1973 season.
Coffey entered the trucking business in 1975 and founded the Nationwide Express trucking company in 1981. He currently resides in Knoxville.
Logan, who passed away Sept. 5, lettered as a member of the Tennessee basketball team from 1937-39 and served as a team captain during his final season. He went on to serve as a second lieutenant in World War II, serving at one point under the command of Gen. Douglas Macarthur in the Philippines. After the war he built an impressive professional resume` and was involved in numerous philanthropic organizations.
Logan is survived by his wife, Onibe Ivens "Fritzie" Logan, two daughters and two sons.
Coffey and Logan are the 10th and 11th recipients of the Lettermen's Service Award, which was first presented in 1998.