When it comes to the most successful coaches from Nashville, Tennessee's football teams, Phillip Fulmer is undoubtedly one of the most prominent names. He was the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football program for 17 years, leading them to three SEC Championships in 1985, 1989 and 1990. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1998, he was awarded the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and Home Depot Coach of the Year awards. Another great coach from Nashville is Robert Neyland.
He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1936, 1938, 1950, and 1951. He was also awarded the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 1957 and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956. Neyland is still active in college functions and works out twice a week at the YMCA in downtown Nashville.
Watson Brownand Mack Brown are two other successful coaches from Nashville. They grew up together in Putnam County, playing sports from early August on the soccer field to winter on the basketball court and spring and summer on the baseball field. Watson Brown has been coaching college football since 1983 and is currently head coach at Austin Peay State University. Mack Brown is a former head coach at Texas and North Carolina who is now an analyst for ESPN. The most successful female coach from Nashville is Ed Temple.
She graduated from Tennessee State University and stayed in Nashville to become a women's track coach at her alma mater. She has coached numerous Olympic athletes, including Wilma Rudolph, who won three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics. Temple still lives in her bedroom after earning a degree in sociology and seeking work as a football or basketball coach in a high school. The Tennessee Titans are another professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They were founded as the Houston Oilers in 1960 as a founding member of the American Football League (AFL).
The team moved to Tennessee in 1997 and played in Memphis for one season before moving to Nashville. John Streicher is currently in his fifth season with the Titans and his third as football development coordinator. When it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football program, there is no doubt that Phillip Fulmer is one of the best coaches in its long history. He coached UT football three different times and brought them their first true national title since 1951 by defeating a strong FSU team led by Bobby Bowden in the Fiesta Bowl. Bill Battle also deserves to be remembered among UT coaches for his efforts to replace a successful coach Doug Dickey.