Head coach Derek Dooley took a giant step toward his reorganization of the Tennessee brand when he named former Vols defensive back Andre Lott to the position of Vol for Life (VFL) Coordinator in June 2010.
The newly-created VFL is a comprehensive program for UT's football student-athletes that centers on four areas of personal growth: character education, life skills, career development and spiritual growth.
A former captain and four-year letterman from 1997-2001, Lott returned to Knoxville from West Tennessee where he was an assistant football coach, head track and field coach and Success Coordinator in the Hardin County school system. As Success Coordinator, Lott taught kids of all age groups real life skills, dealing in the Savannah community with such issues as broken families, drug use, bullying and teen pregnancy.
Lott was team captain in 2001 and served as a two-year member of the squad's Unity Council -- a liaison group between the football team and coaching staff under Lott's head coach, Phillip Fulmer. The All-SEC defensive back was drafted in the fifth round by the Washington Redskins and played five seasons in the NFL.
Lott, 32, hails from Memphis and is married to a Savannah native, the former Jackie Givens, who will be working in Knoxville as a nurse practitioner at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
The couple has three children, Ella Grace , Ana Lou and Stephen Jace.