13. Rod Clark replaces Kim English as assistant coach
Hired in 2019 at age 31 to replace Rob Lanier, who became head coach of the Georgia State Panthers, Kim English is now moving on to become the head coach of the George Mason Patriots. He was hired on March 23. The Missouri Tigers graduate who had a brief stint with the Detroit Pistons is from Baltimore, so he’s back close to where he grew up.
English’s departure is a big hit on the recruiting trail, but he has only been with the Vols for two years. Barnes finding him to replace Lanier meant he was going to have no trouble finding another young up-and-comer to replace, English, and that’s exactly what he did.
Rod Clark was added as an assistant on the same day the Vols lost another one of their assistants, Desmond Oliver, whose departure we’ll get to later. A 28-year-old graduate of Lindsey Wilson College in 2015, Clark had spent the past year with the Austin Peay Governors.
Before Austin Peay, Clark spent a year with the Illinois-Chicago Flames and two with Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. He is a rising star and brings plenty of energy. However, his limited experience coaching at this level combined with how little time English spent on Rocky Top means this replacement is not as big a deal.