Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley moved two steps closer to completing his football staff Saturday with the additions of assistant coach Harry Hiestand and football head strength coach Bennie Wylie.
Wylie, 33, takes over at UT as football head strength coach after five seasons at Texas Tech, where for the last three years he was the athletics department's head strength and conditioning coach. "It's just a great opportunity to be here with Coach Dooley and be on the front end of this movement," Wylie said. "I'm ready to get this program back on top of the SEC and I'm just really excited about the kids we have here. We have great talent, and I'm just really excited to work with those guys just as soon as I get here."
The Mexia, Texas, native established himself as one of the top strength coaches in the country during his Lubbock tenure. Wylie's five seasons helped the Red Raiders produce a 46-18 overall record in football that was third-best in the Big 12 Conference. Included was perhaps the most memorable season in Tech history, the 11-2 campaign of 2008. His training methods and dedication to the student-athlete garnered national attention not only for the school and the program, but for himself.
Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, Wylie was an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Dallas Cowboys for four seasons, helping implement rehabilitation for injured players. In addition to working with the Cowboys, Wylie also spent the 2002 spring season heading the strength and conditioning program for the Dallas Desperados arena football team, a property of the Dallas Cowboys.
Wylie and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of twin boys, Braden and Caden (3).