For more than 50 years, the Vol Network has served as the main communications link between the University of Tennessee and its fans. As the broadcast rights holder to University of Tennessee athletics, IMG College/Vol Network manages UT radio and television programming, game day publications, on-line services, venue signage and various other marketing and promotional activities related to Big Orange athletics.
Representatives from IMG College present a check to Athletic Director Mike Hamilton after IMG College won the rights to be UT's multimedia rights holder.
The Vol Network is the exclusive producer and marketer of University of Tennessee sports programming. The network coordinates and distributes football, men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball radio broadcasts, a weekly coaches call-in show and weekly television coaches shows for football, men's and women's basketball and spring sports.
Additional television projects include a preseason football television special and a select number of live men's and women's basketball games each year. The network also oversees Tennessee's pay-per-view operation and all Vol Network home video products. The Vol Network, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee, supervises the marketing of the UT athletic department's official web site, UTsports.com and UTladyvols.com , and Tennessee's official game day publications for football and men's and women's basketball are also published and distributed by the Vol Network.
The Vol Network is a division of IMG College, a subsidiary of Triple Crown Media. IMG College is a nationally recognized sports marketing corporation with more than 500 employees. IMG College manages marketing rights to 13 institutions and four major athletic conferences. IMG also administers the NCAA Corporate Partner Program and has high school and event management divisions.
The Vol Network staff consists of:
- Steve Early / General Manager
- Glenn Thackston / Associate General Manager
- Brandon Parks / Senior Account Executive
- Mikia Scott / Partner Services Coordinator
- Ben Bates / Account Executive
- Mike Steiner / Account Executive
- Dan Walter / Account Executive
- Emily Wakefield / Account Executive