Kirt, Morgan Earn title promotions

KNOXVILLE, TN. – Tennessee head football coach Brian Pensky provided two updates Thursday regarding his staff. Jonathan Morgan and Joe Kirt were both promoted to associate head coaches.

“Joe and Jon certainly deserved these title changes,” said Pensky. “Our players expect as many answers and as much help from them as from me. And in some cases even more. That’s how successful programs are run on a day-to-day basis and I’m very fortunate to have coaches of their caliber with me on the sidelines.”

Morgan and Kirt were both instrumental in leading UT to its second straight SEC Eastern Division Championship last fall. The Vols defeated Arkansas 3-0 in the SEC Tournament Finals to take home the trophy for the first time since 2008 before advancing to the knockout rounds of the NCAA Tournament. With a record of 20:3-0, it was the most successful team in program history. After the season, the Tennessee coaching staff was named Staff of the Year of the Southeast Region by United Soccer Coaches.

At 15, Kirt is the longest-serving coach on the teamth season in Tennessee and 10th as an assistant under Pensky in 2021. During his time at UT, he was involved in seven NCAA tournament appearances and two SEC tournament championships.

Morgan has been training at Rocky Top for six seasons, having arrived at the University of Maryland in 2016 after a nine-year stint. He has been to four NCAA tournaments with Tennessee and helped lead UT to its first-ever NCAA Quarterfinals in 2018.

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