KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – Gary Wyant, longtime football coach and track administrator from Tennessee, died Sunday. His tenures at UT lasted 19 years between 1971 and 2007, when he retired as AD executive assistant and was the chief assistant to the director of athletics.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, who played college football at Wichita State from 1958 to 1961, Wyant first arrived at the University of Tennessee as a defensive backs coach on Bill Battle’s team in 1971. After five seasons with the Flights, he joined Texas Tech’s personal trainer in 1976. After retiring from coaching, Wyant developed a business acumen for nearly 15 years in the banking industry. This administrative acumen served him well when he returned to Knoxville in 1994 as AD assistant and director of football operations for head coach Phillip Fulmer.
From 1998 to 2007, Wyant oversaw the internal operations of the Men’s Track and Field Department as Senior Associate and then Executive Associate AD. He was instrumental in the development of several facility projects, including the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center and the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. He also served as the department’s liaison with key partners such as adidas and Action Sports Media.
Gary Wyant was an excellent football coach in Tennessee and was well regarded by his players and those who were fortunate enough to know him, ”said Fulmer. “Gary has been an exceptional Director of Football Operations for us for several great years. He was a sounding board for me, my harshest critic and a staunch supporter. He has been a mentor and confidant throughout my years as a head coach, and he was very important to the successes that we all had during this era of football in Tennessee. Above all, Gary was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and all of us who loved him will be missed. May he rest in peace.”
The Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in Knoxville is making arrangements, which are on hold.
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