NFL veteran Charlie Baggett, who has coached nine 1,000-yard receivers in the professional ranks, will serve as Tennessee's assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.
Baggett brings 33 years of coaching experience to the Vols, including 11 seasons as an NFL assistant.
Baggett had just completed his first season with the St. Louis Rams when Vols head coach Derek Dooley selected him for UT's assistant head coach.
Baggett previously was at the University of Washington, where he coached wide receivers from 2007-08. Baggett was associate head coach/offense and wide receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2005-06.
Under Baggett, Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers recorded the most productive season of his career in 2005, catching 82 passes for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns and becoming the first Dolphins wide receiver to be named to the Pro Bowl since Irving Fryar in 1994.
He was wide receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings from 2000-04, coaching Cris Carter and Randy Moss. In the first four seasons of Baggett's tenure, Moss had 376 receptions for 5,649 yards and 49 touchdowns, all of which ranked in the top three in the NFL. Carter caught 169 passes before retiring after the 2001 season. Carter (2000) and Moss (2000, 2002-03) earned four Pro Bowl invitations.
Baggett came to the Vikings following the 1999 season at Green Bay, where Packers receivers Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder each surpassed 1,000 yards and combined for 148 catches.
Baggett was associate head coach/wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Michigan State University, from 1995-98, his second stint at the school, having also served the Spartans from 1983-92 as wide receivers coach (1983-84, 1986- 87, 1990-92) and as running backs coach (1985, 1988-89).
In 14 seasons and two tenures at Michigan State, Baggett guided such future NFL players as Andre Rison, Mark Ingram, Plaxico Burress, Lorenzo White, Muhsin Muhammad, Daryl Turner, Derrick Mason, and Courtney Hawkins.
Baggett made his NFL coaching debut with the Houston Oilers, tutoring receivers from 1993- 94. In his first season with the team, Oilers receivers Haywood Jefferies and Webster Slaughter were named to the Pro Bowl.
Baggett began his collegiate playing career at the University of North Carolina in 1971 before transferring to Michigan State, where he started at quarterback for three seasons (1973-75).
Baggett was with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 1976 before beginning his coaching career, overseeing wide receivers and running backs at Bowling Green in 1977. Baggett moved on to coach wide receivers at the University of Minnesota from 1981-82.
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Baggett and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Camille.