Chris Ferguson Promoted To Associate Head Coach

Tennessee head basketball coach Buzz Peterson announced today that Chris Ferguson, a member of Tennessee's basketball coaching staff for the past six seasons, has been promoted to associate head coach.

"Chris brings an incredible amount of integrity, energy and stability to our program," Peterson said. "He is a tremendous recruiter and our players respect him greatly. I'm thrilled to make this move and make a deeper commitment to him which will just strengthen our program."

In his six seasons at Tennessee, Ferguson has helped lead the Volunteers to 121 wins, five postseason appearances, two SEC Eastern Division crowns and one overall Southeastern Conference championship. The Hendersonville, N.C., native came to UT in 1997 after spending six seasons on Bill Foster's staff at Virginia Tech where the Hokies won a school-record 25 games in 1994-95. After beginning his collegiate coaching career in 1986-87 under Jerry Green at UNC Asheville, Ferguson spent four seasons on Tom Apke's staff at Appalachian State. There, he coached alongside Peterson during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.

"It is an honor and a privilege to work with a man like Buzz Peterson and to represent one of the best universities in the nation," Ferguson said. "I'm excited about the future of this program with the type of leadership that Buzz, (incoming athletic director) Mike Hamilton and (university president) Dr. (John) Shumaker provide."

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