Jan. 18, 2010
Charlie Baggett, who has coached nine 1,000-yard receivers in the NFL, will serve as 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 just completed his first season with the St. Louis Rams. He was previously 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.
Baggett 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.
Before joining the Vols in 2009, Chaney spent three seasons as assistant coach for the St. Louis Rams. The majority of Chaney's coaching experience, however, comes from the collegiate ranks.
Chaney spent all three years in St. Louis coaching the offensive line before adding tight ends to his assignment sheet in 2008. During the 2007 campaign, Chaney helped coach an offensive line that led running back Steven Jackson to his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Possessing one of college football's best offensive minds, Chaney helped the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in passing offense five times and total offense three. Purdue was ranked in the top 10 in the nation in total offense in six seasons, including 2000, when the Boilermakers ranked fourth.
Quarterback Drew Brees, a second-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2001, was the NCAA total offense champion in 2000, averaging 349.1 yards per game, and received the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player. Tim Stratton received the inaugural John Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end in 2000.
More importantly, the 2000 combination of Chaney and Brees under head coach Joe Tiller led Purdue to its first Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth in 33 years.
From 1997-2001, Chaney served as recruiting coordinator and helped the Boilermakers sign some of the country's top high school talent. The 1998 class was ranked second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally. Each of Chaney's last five classes was in the top 30 nationally.
Chaney previously coached the tight ends from 1999-2001. He coached the offensive line in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and was co-offensive coordinator with Tim Lappano in 1997.
Before his Purdue tenure, Chaney was offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Wyoming in 1995 and 1996. He joined the Cowboys in 1993 as a graduate assistant, working with the tight ends and recruiting.
Chaney broke into coaching at Cal State Fullerton in 1985. He served in many areas, including offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator as well as coaching quarterbacks, receivers, and both lines. Chaney had a stint as the offensive line coach at Western Michigan during the spring of 1988 before returning to Cal State Fullerton.
Chaney, a native of Holden, Mo., earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Central Missouri State in 1985 after a career at nose guard, where he earned All-Conference honors as a senior. He is married to Lisa, who hails from Rock Springs, Wyo., and they are the parents of daughters Elizabeth and Sara.
Specific roles of the coaches will be announced at a later date.