KNOXVILLE --(UT Release) The University of Tennessee announced Thursday that Mike Vollmar has been named senior associate athletics director for football administration. Vollmar joins the Vols from Michigan, where he spent the last two years as the associate athletic director for football.
“Mike brings a wealth of firsthand knowledge and expertise to this role,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “Our athletics program is fortunate to have him join our Executive Staff while also providing outstanding administrative leadership within our football program.”
Vollmar is a veteran of 25 years in college athletics and was in his second stint with the Wolverines, beginning his career with a three-year stint (1988-90) working in recruiting and administration in Ann Arbor. Before his recent time at Michigan, he worked three seasons at Alabama (2008-10), where he oversaw the administration of the football program during a time in which the Crimson Tide went 36-5 and won the 2009 BCS National Championship.
“We are extremely excited to welcome the Vollmar family into the Tennessee football family,” said head football coach Butch Jones. “Mike is well-respected in our profession and brings great knowledge and credibility based on his experience with multiple high-profile football programs.”
Vollmar also worked for five years at Syracuse (1991-95), during which time the Orangemen finished 41-15-1 with three bowl victories. He was responsible for oversight of recruiting and administration during that time, and four players recruited during his tenure were named to the Syracuse All-Century Team (Donovan McNabb, Kevin Abrams, Donovan Darius, and Kevin Johnson).
Vollmar then spent 12 years at Michigan State (1996-2007) as assistant athletic director and director of football operations, overseeing all phases of the Spartan football program’s operations while also managing construction of a new football facility. The Spartans appeared in six bowl games during his tenure.
"It was an absolute privilege to work with Coach Hoke and the entire football staff at Michigan, and I'm very appreciative of the opportunity they afforded me," said Vollmar. "That said it is an honor for me and my family to join the University of Tennessee as I further my career professionally.
"Having worked with Dave Hart for three years previously, I am confident great things are in store for UT Athletics, and with the reputation Coach Jones has built in a short amount of time, I know Tennessee Football has a bright future as well. My family and I are excited to be Tennessee Volunteers."
Vollmar is from Riverview, Mich., and graduated with a degree in history with a minor in speech communications in 1988 from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., where he competed as a pole vaulter on the Saints’ track and field team. He also has a master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1999. He and his wife, Tami, have a daughter, Bailey Lauren.