KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee associate head coach/defensive line coach Brady Hoke, wide receivers coach Kevin Beard and offensive line coach Walt Wells spoke to reporters on Tuesday in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio.
Hoke, Beard and Wells discussed what they will bring to the UT coaching staff and their thoughts on where the team is at heading into spring practices.
Associate Head Coach | Defensive Line Coach
Brady Hoke | Associate Head Coach | Defensive Line Coach
Hoke was announced as the Vols new associate head coach and defensive line coach on Feb. 7 and he has been adjusting well to his new position on Rocky Top.
"It's been great, this is a great place to be, we're very excited about it. We've got great facilities, a great head coach who I've known for 15-18 years and a great staff on both sides of the ball. I like the chemistry, I like how everybody is working together. I'm getting to know the players better on a daily basis but we've got a lot of willing kids who've done a nice job in the off season program."
Wide Receivers Coach
Kevin Beard | Wide Receivers Coach
Beard joined the Vols after stops at FIU, Georgia and Miami (Fla.). On Tuesday, he stressed the importance of forming strong relationships with his players to ensure that they buy into his coaching style.
"That is the most important part. I really felt like that is what allows me to be effective. You are going to recruit players who have talent, you are going to teach them plays and try to develop the fundamentals and techniques of each player. The relationship aspect of it is what pushes them to want to run though that wall for you. That is what allows them to go over the top and put themselves past where they feel that they can go."
Offensive Line Coach
Walt Wells | Offensive Line Coach
Wells inherits a UT offensive line with a lot of playing experience. He hopes to instill added toughness into the position group.
"Well, obviously they are going to take my personality. My lines in the past have been known to be able to run the football and play with an edge and play with some toughness. I hope they adapt my personality through spring, summer camp and through fall. We have an experienced group that is a good group of guys, and I am looking forward to getting out on the field and working with them."