Tennessee introduced its new head football coach to the media Thursday evening.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will take the reins of Team 122 and start recruiting for the Vols immediately.

MORE: Pruitt's contract: 6 years, $3.8 million per year

Pruitt will still work for the Crimson Tide through the team's College Football Playoff run.

In the meantime, here are five things we learned about Coach Pruitt from his news conference.

Coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks during his introductory news conference as UT's head football coach on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

1. He highly values educators

What cemented Pruitt as the clear frontrunner in Chancellor Beverly Davenport's mind was how Pruitt started his career as an elementary school gym teacher.

Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer noted how Pruitt didn't mention spring practice or the 2018 on-field season when the coach met with his team for the first time Thursday. He instead brought up finals week, and how the players needed to finish strong in the classroom.

"I want guys who want a degree," Pruitt said. "That's important to me...We want guys who have a plan."

He also wants members of his coaching staff who are educators.

"We're going to find people of integrity," Pruitt said. "Good teachers, people who are loyal, and can recruit."

2. "Coach is not a cute guy"

Pruitt answered most every question directly and head-on. He envisioned turning the Vols into a team feared by the rest of the conference.

"We want to be a big, fast, dominating, aggressive, relentless football team that no one in the SEC wants to play," Pruitt said in his opening statement. "That's my goal."

Fulmer commented on Pruitt's intensity.

"It's hard to be cute in this conference," Fulmer said smiling. "And as you can tell, Coach is not a very cute guy."

3. His father is his inspiration

Pruitt described growing up in Rainsville, Alabama and following around his father, who was a football coach, almost every day. He spent early mornings at the field house and late nights watching game film with his father. Dale Pruitt still coaches today and was present at the news conference at Pruitt's news conference.

Jeremy Pruitt didn't originally aspire to be on a college football staff until Nick Saban came calling.

"I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to be like my dad," Pruitt said. "I wanted to have a positive impact on the people on our community."

4. His expectations are sky high

Straight from Coach Pruitt's mouth:

"Your expectations aren't near my expectations," Pruitt said. "My expectation is to win every game we play."

Pruitt also talked about unity and bringing the whole UT community together to achieve goal together.

"Where we want to go, we're talking about championships," Pruitt said. "Instead of talking about what we want, let's talk about how to get there."

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5. He wants to win back the state of Tennessee in recruiting

A former high school coach, Pruitt knows how important relationships are with young players, coaches, and staff across the country.

Pruitt envisioned a Tennessee program that locks down the best players in the state, starting in Knoxville and branching out from there.

"This is going to be our state," Pruitt said. "We're going to do it, and we're going to start as soon as this meeting is over with. I'm probably going to be short so I can get to work."