Tennessee has added another assistant coach to the football staff, hiring Tennessee-Chattanooga outside linebacker coach and assistant head coach Shelton Felton this morning. The move was first reported by Football Scoop. Tennessee confirmed the move this morning. Felton will be in a quality control role for the Vols.
Felton comes from the high school ranks, starting at Crisp County in Georgia. He became the head coach in 2016, turning that program completely around. Felton won 13 games in 2016, just one season after Crisp Country won three games.
That success caught the eye of Tom Arth, who took the Tennessee-Chattanooga job prior to the 2017 season. Felton joined Arth’s staff at UTC as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Just one year later, he’s joining Jeremy Pruitt’s staff in Knoxville.
Felton actually played for Tennessee defensive line coach Tracy Rocker at Troy from 1999-2002. He also has a connection to Rush Probst, coaching the defensive line for Jeremy Pruitt’s former boss at Colquitt County.
Pruitt said last week that he had one more spot to fill on his staff before the season began, so this will officially round out his support staff for the 2018 season.