KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced Friday that the Vols have hired Derrick Ansley as cornerbacks coach. Ansley joins the Vols from Central Florida, where he was recently named defensive backs coach following two seasons as an assistant in the secondary at Alabama from 2010-11.
"Derrick is a bright young coach with an incredibly high ceiling in this profession," said Dooley. "He worked with Sal Sunseri for two seasons and will be able to bring some systematic continuity to the defensive staff."
Ansley's two seasons with Alabama included the national championship season of 2011. This year's Alabama secondary featured three All-Americans in Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, and DeQuan Menzie, and the Tide defense led the nation in five major categories: total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, passing defense, and pass efficiency defense.
Before joining the Crimson Tide staff, Ansley coached defensive backs for five seasons at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. He is a 2005 graduate of Troy University with a degree in broadcast journalism and started 40 consecutive games for the Trojans during his career. As a junior in 2003, Ansley finished fifth in the nation with nine interceptions and also ranked third in interceptions per game.
DERRICK ANSLEY COACHING CAREER
Feb. 2012 » Tennessee, Cornerbacks
Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012 » Central Florida, Defensive Backs
2010-11 » Alabama, Defensive Assistant
2005-09 » Huntingdon College (AL), Defensive Backs