KNOXVILLE – The Vols have hired Antone Davis to be the coordinator of their Vols for Life (VFL) program, coach Derek Dooley confirmed on Monday.
Davis will replace former coordinator Andre Lott, who was terminated from the position on July 31.
"Andre's not working for us now, but he's still part of the family," Dooley said after Lott’s departure. "This will be a great opportunity to reshape it after we started this from scratch two years ago."
The VFL program was created by Dooley shortly after he took the head-coaching position at Tennessee in January of 2010. A description of the goals of the program is mentioned in Dooley’s biography on the team’s official website:
“The four-year VFL curriculum focuses on the often-overlooked personal growth of the student-athlete, encompassing the following topics: character education, personal finance, life skills, career development, spiritual growth, community service, mental conditioning, personal branding and navigating the social media landscape.”
Davis takes over the role after playing offensive tackle for the Vols from 1987-90. He was an All-American in 1990 before being picked in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1991 NFL draft. We went on to have a seven-year NFL career with the Eagles and Falcons.
“He fit all the criteria we were looking for, and in addition he was really enthusiastic about the opportunity,” Dooley said on Monday. “We’re trying to get that program to grow it to not just positively influence the guys on our team, but also better connect our lettermen, which I hope he can do too.”
Davis recently was a contestant on the NBC television show, “The Biggest Loser.” He began the show weighing 447 pounds, but lost 200 pounds by the season’s finale.
“Antone’s just an impressive person, obviously a great player at Tennessee,” Dooley said. “Had a long NFL career and really turned what could’ve been a real negative situation in his life to a positive, and then was able to be an ambassador for Tennessee.”