It is my pleasure to be your new publisher/majority owner here at InsideTennessee.
Like many of you, I have relied upon InsideTennessee for information about the athletics department on Rocky Top that I was raised to love.
My path to this post is unique to say the least.
For the past 10 years I have been in college athletics as a Division I baseball coach, most recently at Middle Tennessee State University. The grind of being on the road left me wanting a more normal life for myself and my family of four, including my wife Jennifer, Preston (9) and Piper (19 months). As a former recruiting coordinator, that aspect of collegiate athletics is in my blood and anyone that really knows me knows that I am just trading one obsession for another.
I have a passion to grow IT into a level of success never before seen. My vision is to provide our message boards with an experience unlike any of the competitors. I am going to provide managing editor Danny Parker with the support to cover Tennessee athletics in even a more rewarding way to our IT family. Major announcements are coming in the very near future that I know will be well-received with our members. I want to provide an atmosphere that encourages more dialogue and discussion amongst one another on the messages boards while treating each others' opinions with respect even when we differ.
Danny has done a exceptional job, especially with the absence of Cory Gunkel after our young reporter had to step aside following a horrific car wreck in May. There will be staff additions that will improve this site dramatically. As the season approaches we will be making such announcements about staff and certain activities planned for subscribers that we all can enjoy together.
As we work hard to provide you with a great experience here at IT, I welcome suggestions about what can be done to make this not just the oldest website providing news out of Big Orange Country but more importantly the best and most enjoyable one with which to be a premium member!
I look forward to getting to work and forming relationships with all of you!