Former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer was hired as a special advisor to the president for community, athletics and university relations, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Tuesday.
According to a release, the Hall of Fame coach will serve as an ambassador for the University system at community and athletics events, support the intercollegiate athletic programs at UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, and work with UT government relations and alumni affairs leadership to advocate for the statewide system with elected officials and UT alumni.
“Phillip has been a tremendous asset to the University of Tennessee both on and off the field for more than 40 years,” DiPietro said in a statement.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with him on the UT President’s Council, and I look forward to working with him in a broader sense to advocate for the University with our key stakeholders.”
Fulmer is looking forward to working with DiPietro in "statewide outreach."
“This is a special opportunity for me. I’ve had the chance to work with Dr. DiPietro for a couple of years in a volunteer capacity, and I was excited when he approached me with this position,” Fulmer said in the release.
“I look forward to serving UT campuses statewide, our communities, and UT athletics for the greater good for our great state and the university.”
UT Knoxville Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics John Currie described Fulmer as “a perfect ambassador.”
“As a native Tennessean who has given his all for the Vols throughout his life, both as a student-athlete on the field and during a Hall of Fame coaching career leading our program to its most dominant and successful era in modern history, Coach Fulmer is a perfect ambassador for our University and athletics program,” Currie said. “I’ve appreciated and enjoyed numerous visits with Coach Fulmer since I returned to Knoxville, and I am honored to work with him in support of President DiPietro and Chancellor Davenport as we serve the University of Tennessee, our students and student-athletes.”
Fulmer gradated from UT in 1972, and has been affiliated with the program for more than 40 years. He came to Tennessee in 1968 as an offensive guard on the Volunteers' football team. He returned as an assistant football coach in 1980 before being named head coach in 1992. In 17 years as head coach, Fulmer led Tennessee to a national championship in 1998, two conference championships and seven division titles.
He was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.