Tony Coode is in his third season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He coached the tight ends for the Mocs in 2009, but is now handling the linebackers.
Despite being hit hard by graduation in 2009, the Mocs' linebacking corps continued to move forward in 2010. Ryan Consiglio led the team in tackles and earned a spot on the All-Southern Conference second team. Gunner Miller was also honored on the SoCon All-Freshman team.
Prior to returning to UTC, Coode spent two seasons at Sewanee, The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn. He was the defensive line assistant in 2008 after coaching the linebackers in 2007. He also served as the recruiting coordinator. It was his second tenure on the Tiger's staff after leading the linebackers in 2004.
In between his two positions at Sewanee, Coode was a graduate assistant at Tennessee for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The Vols posted a 9-4 record and competed in the Outback Bowl in 2006.
Before Coode's first run at Sewanee, he was a graduate assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University for three seasons. His responsibilities included the linebackers, special teams and running backs.
The Nashville, Tenn., native played linebacker at Chattanooga, where he was a three-year letter winner from 1998-2000.
Coode has participated in college football at every level of the game, going from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne to Division III Sewanee and Division I Tennessee.
Coode is married to the former Becky Malec. The couple had their first child, Parker, on April 10, 2009.