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Butch Jones completes first Vols staff with Badgers assistant

Zach Azzanni

Thursday, Butch Jones officially announced every member of his nine-man Tennessee staff but the wide receivers coach.

Three days later, the lone coaching “but” was removed from the Rocky Top equation.

In a release Sunday, the Vols confirmed that Zach Azzanni has been hired as Jones’ receivers coach.  The announcement officially completes Jones’ nine-man coaching staff.

Azzanni spent last year at Wisconsin, becoming the latest part of the mass exodus from UW’s staff after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Azzanni and his family into the Tennessee Football family and to what is historically known as Wide Receiver U,” said Jones. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record of developing receivers into reaching their full potential on and off the field.

“As a recruiter, his relentless approach and diligence will pay dividends for us as we work to attract the highest caliber of student-athlete here to the University of Tennessee.”

Azzanni served as Jones’ receivers coach at Central Michigan from 2007-09.  He spent 2010 as part of Urban Meyer‘s staff at Florida.

(Photo credit: Wisconsin athletics)

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2 Responses to “Butch Jones completes first Vols staff with Badgers assistant”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 17, 2012 8:41 AM

    It would appear that Wisconsin will really have to do some searches to stock up their coaching staff. For a team going to the Rose Bowl, they sure are losing a fair amount of them. I guess that happens when your head coach leaves, but having it happen, in the thick of recruiting season, makes it a little tough.

  2. whitdog23 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:10 AM

    so schools shouldn’t fire coaches after season ends?? your expectations are unrealistic

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