When looking to fill out a staff for the first time, different head coaches will obviously value different things and experiences in assistant coaches.

For Jeremy Pruitt – a former high school coach himself with stops at Plainview HS (AL), Hoover HS (AL), and Fort Payne HS (AL) – it was no accident that of his ten assistant coaching hires, most of them got their start at the high school level.

According to their Tennessee bios, there are actually three assistants without a high school coaching stop. Regardless of the exact figure, coaching at the high school level and being a great teacher is something Pruitt clearly values highly.

Based on their bios provided by the Vols, the hires Pruitt made without coaching experience at the high school level are his offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton, corners coach Terry Fair, and tight ends coach Brian Niedermeyer.

The other eight members of the Vols staff have at least one coaching stop at the high school level; defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer (Tuscaloosa County HS, Spain Park HS, and Hoover HS), co-defensive coordinator / OLBs coach Chris Rumph (Calhoun County HS), special teams coordinator / safeties coach Charles Kelly (Central HS, Eufaula HS), offensive line coach Will Friend (Tuscaloosa Central HS), wide receivers coach David Johnson (John F Kennedy HS, O. Perry Walker HS, St. Augustine HS), defensive line coach Tracy Rocker (Auburn HS), and running backs coach Chris Weinke (IMG Academy).

Unrelated to the staff makeup, Pruitt shared this great story involving Kirby Smart and his wife going into labor while the two were working together.

Below are some more tidbits from Pruitt’s time at the podium at SEC Media Day.