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Phillip Fulmer      

Former Head Football Coach for the Tennesee Volunteers (1992-2008)

Phillip Fulmer is a former American football player and coach. He served as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1992 to 2008, compiling a 152–52 record. He is best known for coaching the Volunteers in the first ever BCS National Championship Game in 1998, defeating Florida State University. Fulmer was the Volunteers' 20th head football coach.

In addition to the national championship, Fulmer claimed two conference titles and seven divisional crowns.

Nine Fulmer-coached teams have eclipsed the 10-win mark and two others just missed with nine victories. The highlight came in 1998 when Tennessee capped a perfect 13-0 season with a Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida State.

At the end of his tenure at Tennessee, Fulmer had the second-highest number of wins of any head coach in Tennessee history. Fulmer also was the third coach in Tennessee history to win a claimed national championship. His 1997 and 1998 teams won consecutive SEC championships. Despite a decline in the later years of his career, he was considered by many to be an icon of college football, especially one of institutional loyalty. In recognition of his accomplishments at Tennessee, Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Fulmer is the national spokesperson for the Jason Foundation Inc., and considers such experiences essential to the education process of UT football players. He recently was named the first recipient of the "Grant Teaff Breaking the Silence Award", presented jointly by the AFCA and the Jason Foundation.

He also has served on boards of directors including Boys and Girls Clubs, American Football Coaches Association, Team Focus and Child and Family Services. He now serves as a special advisor to the University of Tennessee president.


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