Dooley, Vols dip into FCS for latest assistant coach
According to VolQuest.com, Tennessee has hired Josh Conklin to replace Terry Joseph as safeties coach. Conklin could also take over as recruiting coordinator.
Here is Conklin's bio via CitadelSports.com:
"Josh Conklin is in his third season as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at The Citadel.
Conklin has led a defense that has ranked among the best in the Southern Conference the past two years. In his first season in 2010, the Bulldogs ranked third in the conference in total defense, allowing 338.4 yards per game.
A year ago, The Citadel allowed averages of 23.4 points and 343.8 yards an outing to rank second and third, respectively, in the league. Only three conference opponents scored more than 20 points, and only South Carolina reached that total over the second half of the season.
Under Conklin's leadership, defensive end Erik Clanton tied for 12th in the FCS in sacks in 2010, earning him a contract with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and a free agent opportunity with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cornerback Cortez Allen, who wrapped up his Citadel career in 2010, was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and played in 15 games as a rookie.
Prior to joining the staff at The Citadel, Conklin spent three seasons coaching defensive backs (2007-09) and added special teams to his responsibilities in his final season in Spartanburg. With Conklin on the staff, the Terriers led the SoCon in scoring defense in 2007 while intercepting a conference-high 20 passes and added 13 picks the following season.
Conklin began his coaching career at South Dakota State, serving as a graduate assistant in 2003 and 2004 before being elevated to a fulltime position and coaching the secondary and special teams during the 2005-06 seasons.
The South Dakota State secondary ranked second in the Great West Conference in pass defense in 2006 while Conklin's kickoff return and kickoff coverage teams were the top-ranked units in the conference. That season saw the Jackrabbits finish the year ranked 21st in the nation by the College Sporting News.
Conklin graduated from Dakota State University in 2003 with a degree in physical education. He started at linebacker his junior and senior seasons and was an Academic All-American. He also received a master's degree in sports administration from South Dakota State in 2008."