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Steve Caldwell returns to the Vols

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A former long-time Tennessee assistant coach is returning to UT to help out his former head coach.

Tennessee announced on Tuesday that Steve Caldwell will be UT’s new Assistant Director of Life Skills & Character Development. Caldwell’s new administrative role will see him “implementing and managing strategic development plans for incoming football student-athletes as they transition to campus life and high-level intercollegiate athletics.”

Caldwell coached under current Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee for over a decade. He coached defensive ends at UT from 1995-2008 and served as the Vols’ special teams coordinator from 2000-05. He helped the Vols win the 1998 National Championship and a number of conference and division titles during his time as an assistant under Fulmer.

Not only did Caldwell spend 14 years in Knoxville, but he’s also coached at many other schools and boasts more than 40 years of experience at the collegiate level. Caldwell also coached at Arkansas State (1978-80, 1985-89, 2013), Pacific (1991-93), Nevada (1994), Ole Miss (1994-95), Arkansas (2010-12, 2018-19) and Boise State (2014-17). He has two national titles, 10 conference titles, and 20 bowl games to his name as an assistant.

“Steve played a key role during an era of extraordinary success for Tennessee football,” Fulmer said via a release. “He knows this community, this campus. and the history of this program. He understands the behind-the-scenes work that goes into winning at the highest level.

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