Brian Niedermeyer played tight end and offensive line in college. He coached Tennessee’s tight ends the past two seasons in his first on-field Division I assistant coaching gig. So, shifting to coaching inside linebackers this season is surely a challenge, right?
Quite the opposite. Working with linebackers is old hat for Niedermeyer. His first foray into coaching was in 2012 as a defensive student coach at Arkansas Pine-Bluff, his alma mater. Then he became a volunteer assistant at Miami for linebackers coach Michael Barrow.
After flipping back to offense for a season as East Texas Baptist University’s wide receivers coach, Niedermeyer broke into the SEC at Georgia as a defensive graduate assistant under Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt, who was then Georgia’s defensive coordinator. Niedermeyer followed Pruitt to Alabama in 2016 and again served as a defensive graduate assistant, specializing in linebackers.
Niedermeyer was greeted in his new role by a pair of familiar faces. He served as the primary recruiter for Henry To’o To’o and Quavaris Crouch, Tennessee’s projected starters at inside linebacker. Pruitt restructured his staff after four assistants departed following the 2019 season. Defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley was the only assistant who returned on that side of the ball.