Vols’ head coach Marty Bradley to serve as Tennessee’s director of rugby

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Tennessee announced Thursday head coach Marty Bradley will serve as UT’s director of rugby.

Tennessee is searching for Bradley’s replacement.

Bradley served as the Vols’ rugby head coach from 2011-22. He served as Tennessee’s assistant from 1996-2010 under Butch Robertson.

Bradley guided the Vols to a national championship in 2021. Tennessee (11-0) outscored its opponents, 373-127, and recorded three shutouts during the 2021 national championship season.

Tennessee’s last loss to a college team in 15s competition was against Western Michigan, 38-22, in the national tournament on Nov. 23, 2019.

Bradley discussed his move from head coach to director of rugby with Vols Wire. He mentioned Tennessee’s program can continue to grow with him as director of rugby.

“I’m not drifting away or anything,” Bradley said. “This program has grown to the point to where it needs the attention of someone that can give it a little more than I am able.

“We are really adding instead of replacing because I am still going to be involved with most things I am today, but the person that is going to lead training and lead us on the sideline is going to be different. There is so much we could do that we are not doing.”