Lee Sweeney, Tyler Wolf added to Golden Eagle football staff
Jul 22, 2011
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Two names that are familiar to
football fans throughout the region and state have been added to
coach Watson Brown's football coaching staff at Tennessee Tech
University for the 2011 season.
Lee Sweeney, a product of Mt. Juliet and Friendship Christian
School who became a record-setting quarterback for the Golden
Eagles, has taken a graduate assistant position on Brown's staff.
Tyler Wolf, a standout at Cookeville High School who went on to a
successful playing career at the University of Tennessee, is the
staff's new administrative assistant.
Meanwhile, Brandon Barnes moves from his position as
administrative assistant into a graduate assistant role to work
with the defensive line.
"We're excited to have both of these young men on our staff,'
"Tyler is from here and he's well-thought-of in this community,
and he wants to get into the business of football operations,"
Brown said. "This is good for us because it allows Brandon (Barnes)
to get onto the field to coach, and fills the administrative
position that's so important in our day-to-day operations.
"Lee played here in the Tennessee Tech system, he holds most of
Tech's passing records and he's a great fit because he knows our
system so well," Brown said.
A record-setting passer during his career as a Golden Eagle,
Sweeney has embarked upon his collegiate coaching career and will
work with the Golden Eagle quarterbacks in the 2011 season.
It's an appropriate assignment for the former OVC Freshman of the
Year who set many of Tech's passing records while calling Golden
Eagle signals from 2006 to 2009.
Sweeney was a two-year starter at Friendship Christian High School
in Mt. Juliet where he passed for 5,173 yards in two seasons. As a
senior, he led the state in passing, throwing for 2,819 yards and
30 touchdowns with just three interceptions on his way to being
named a finalist for Tennessee's Mr. Football. A versatile athlete
with a strong arm, he also lettered three seasons as a starting
pitcher on the baseball team.
Following his prep career, he was recruited to the University of
Louisville where he spent the 2005 season on the sidelines as a
Cardinal redshirt. He transferred to Tennessee Tech following the
fall semester, and went through spring drills with the Golden
Eagles, helping him to prepare for his collegiate debut in the 2006
season. That year he passed for 2,292 yards and ranked first in the
OVC in total offense, earning second-team all-OVC honors and the
conference's Freshman of the Year award.
He wrapped up his Tech career ranked first in career passing
yards (7,157) as well as first in career total offense (6,805). He
tied for the school record with 13 games passing for 200 yards or
more, including the school-best 437 yards in a thrilling
come-from-behind victory at Southeast Missouri to close out the
2006 season under interim head coach Doug Malone.
Sweeney received his bachelor's degree from Tech in December 2009
in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness.
Tyler Wolf made a name for himself throughout the region
as a standout two-way player at Cookeville High School, and
followed that with a five-year career as a member of the University
of Tennessee Volunteers. With a bachelor's and master's degree to
his credit, the Cookeville native returns to his hometown to open a
new chapter in the role of administrative assistant.
Wolf will provide support to the Golden Eagles in his first season
on the staff. In his role as administrative assistant, Wolf will
work in a variety of assignments to support the Tech coaching
As a Cavalier under coach Jerry Joslin, Wolf was a four-year
starter for Cookeville High School. He helped the team post an 11-2
record and reach the third round of the TSSAA playoffs in both 2004
as a junior and 2005 as a senior, winning the Region 3-5A title
both years. Playing cornerback and runningback, Wolf was named the
Region MVP and earned all-Mid-State and All-State honors as a
senior. A regular visitor in opponent's end zones, he scored 30
touchdowns, rushing for more than 1,500 yards and returning punts
for more than 500 yards. He also had 14 interceptions.
Following his 2006 graduation, he was an invited walk-on with the
Vols under then-head coach Phil Fulmer, spending his first season
as a redshirt for the Big Orange. He was on the squad for five
seasons, including three under Fulmer, one year under Lane Kiffin,
and one season for Derek Dooley, who moved Wolf from walk-on to
scholarship status for the 2010 season. He started on all four of
the Vols special teams (kickoff, kick return, punt, punt return) in
2009 and 2010, and was on the roster for bowl games in four of his
five seasons - the 2006 and 2007 Outback Bowl, the 2009 Chick Fil-A
Bowl, and the 2010 Music City Bowl.
Wolf was named to the Academic All-SEC team all four seasons he
was active. He received his bachelor's degree from UT in 2010 and
his master's in sports management in 2011.
The Golden Eagles open fall camp on Aug. 8, then kick off the 2011
season on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the University of Iowa. The first
home game in Tucker Stadium is Thursday, Sept. 8, against Maryville
Season tickets are on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen
Center, or by calling (931) 372-3940.