Chris  Spognardi

Chris Spognardi

Director of Football Operations

Alma Mater:
Central Michigan '08

  • Chris Spognardi spent the last eight seasons working directly with head coach Butch Jones at Tennessee, Cincinnati and Central Michigan
  • Oversees the Vols football operations and works behind-the-scenes in all aspects of the program
  • Part of two BIG EAST championship teams at Cincinnati and three MAC title teams at Central Michigan
  • After serving as Assistant to the Head Coach in 2013, Spognardi was elevated to Director of Football Operations in 2014
  • He joined the Vols from Cincinnati, where he served as the chief of staff in 2011 and 2012
  • Began his career with the Bearcats as the administrative coordinator
  • At Cincinnati, was responsible for day-to-day operations of the football program
  • Served as video coordinator at Central Michigan in 2009
  • Spent four seasons as a student assistant with the Chippewas (two years under Brian Kelly, two years under Butch Jones)
  • Earned bachelor's degree in applied arts and sports management from Central Michigan in 2008
  • Began college career at Ashland University (Ohio) where he played wide receiver in 2004 and 2005
  • A native of Mansfield, Ohio & Traverse City, Michigan, he and his wife Nicole, have two sons Anthony and Maximus


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