Jan. 7, 2003
NEW ORLEANS - Phillip Fulmer, head football coach at the University of Tennessee, will lead the American Football Coaches Association in 2003 as president of the organization.
Fulmer, who moves up from first vice-president of the Association, succeeds outgoing president Glen Mason of the University of Minnesota. Fulmer was elected president by members attending the Association's 2003 convention this week in New Orleans.
"I'm obviously very excited about the opportunity. It's a great honor," Fulmer said. "I'm particularly proud to be a part of the efforts we've made under Grant Teaff. A lot of work has been done and I'm looking forward to continuing it."
The AFCA, founded in 1922 by Amos Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman and others, has more than 8,000 members from all levels of the profession. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession," and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching."
In addition to Fulmer, 2003 AFCA officers include first vice-president Ken Hatfield, Rice University; second vice-president Paul Pasqualoni, Syracuse University and third vice-president Scot Dapp of Moravian College.
Also serving on the Board in 2003: Mel T j e e r d s m a , N o r t h w e s t Missouri State University; Ron Randleman, Sam Houston State University; Ken Sparks, Carson-Newman College; Larry Kehres, Mount Union College; Ty r o n e Willingham, University of Notre Dame; Todd Berry, U.S. Military Academy; Tony Samuel, New Mexico State University; Rob Ash, Drake University; Chuck Amato, North Carolina State University; Lloyd Carr, University of Michigan and Rob Ianello, University of Arizona, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee. Carr and Ianello are newly-elected members of the Board this year. A F C A Executive Director Grant Te a ff serves as secretary-treasurer of the org a n i z a t i o n .
Fulmer is the second coach from Tennessee to serve as president of the AFCA. He was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1996. Fulmer joins Johnny Majors (1990) as the second Volunteer head coach to lead the AFCA.
Fulmer completed his 11th season at Tennessee in 2002 with a career record of 103-25 (.805) and has led the Volunteers to 10 or more wins in a season six times in his career. Tennessee has won 49 games in the last five years. From 1995 to 1998 Tennessee was 45-5, the most wins in a four-year span in school history.