Donnie Tyndall has filled his coaching staff with the exception of one position- Director of Player Development. Each staff member with the exception of Al Pinkins worked with Tyndall at Southern Miss. Learn more about each assistant below.

Al Pinkins, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

  • MTSU, Assistant Coach, 2003-2011
  • Ole Miss, Assistant/Recruiting Coordinator, 2011-2014
  • averaged 9.5 points and 7 rebounds as player at NC State
  • played professional in Spain, Qatar and China against Yao Ming
  • worked with Tyndall when both were assistants at MTSU under Kermit Davis
  • will work with post players but recruiting will be biggest thing he brings to the table

New Tennessee basketball assistant Al Pinkins speaks with Knoxville media for the first time. Pinkins previously coached at Ole Miss and MTSU.

Donnie Tyndall on Al Pinkins: "He's going to represent our community and our university the exact right way."

Donnie Tyndall tells the media about his assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Al Pinkins. Pinkins previously held the same positions with Ole Miss.

Adam Howard, Assistant Coach

  • Morehead State, Graduate Assistant, 2009
  • Morehead State, Assistant Coach, 2010-2012
  • Southern Miss, Assistant Coach, 2012-2014
  • Player at Western Kentucky, 2004-2008
  • drove Tyndall to his interview with Tennessee
  • will work with guards
  • entirety of Howard's college coaching career has been on Tyndall's staff
  • as a kid played basketball with former Lady Vol Alexis Hornbuckle
  • played at Thompson-Boling with Western Kentucky against Tennessee; played the role of Chris Lofton on scout team

Vols basketball asisstant coach talks to the media. Howard has coached with Donnie Tyndall at Morehead State and Southern Miss.

Donnie Tyndall on Adam Howard: "He reminds me a lot of myself at the same age." "He's kind of my right hand man from a basketball standpoint."

New Vols basketball coach Donnie Tyndall talks about his assistant coach Adam Howard. The 28-year-old played at Western Kentucky and has coached with Tyndall at Morehead State and Southern Miss.

Chris Shumate, Assistant Coach

  • Cincinnati, Director of Operations, 2007-2009
  • Cincinnati, Director of Student-Athlete Development, 2009-2013
  • Southern Miss, Assistant Coach, 2013-2014
  • played for Mick Cronin at Murray State and served on Cronin's staff at Cincinnati for six seasons
  • will work with post players

New Vols basketball assistant Chris Shumate speaks with the meida. Shumate played at Murray State and spent six seasons on Mick Cronin's staff at Cincinnati before joining Donnie Tyndal at Southern Miss.

Donnie Tyndall on Chris Shumate: "Understands people, he's a great people person which leads him to being a great recruiter."

Donnie Tyndall talks about Vols assistant coach Chris Shumate who spent six seasons on Mick Cronin's staff at Cincinnati.

Justin Phelps, Director of Basketball Operations

  • South Carolina, Director of Basketball Operations, 2011-12
  • Southern Miss, Director of Basketball Operations, 2012-14
  • started All-American JuCo Showcase in Las Vegas
  • likes to run the business side of the basketball program
  • loves social media; convinced Donnie Tyndall to start using Twitter

Justin Phelps the Vols new Director of Basketball Operations speaks with the media. Phelps spent time at South Carolina before joining Donnie Tyndall at Southern Miss.

Donnie Tyndall and his staff were asked about their relationship with current players:

Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall and his new assistants talked about their relationship with the returning Vols.

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