Tyndall talks career, coaching and Tennessee

Donnie Tyndall leads Chipola Junior College to championship
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 10:54 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Former Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall just won a state championship at the Florida Junior College level with Chipola down in the Florida panhandle. As for taking the position Tyndall says, “you know this panhandle conference is like the SEC of Junior College, it’s got great players and coaches. I didn’t know how this first year would go but we had a group that really bought in and we’ve had great success Rick. It’s an opportunity for me to do what I love to do and that’s coach young guys and you know I always said when I started I was going to retire in Florida. If I never get back to that level then so be it, I’m in a pace I like to live and do what I like to do.”

Since receiving his show cause penalty Tyndall has coached at the NBA G-League level, but now hes back doing what he loves, coaching and teaching young men, “At this level you really can have an impact and it’s been really nice to see young guys that you give that tough love after a championship cut down those nets and put their arm around you and say coach I love you man and that’s really special to me.”

Tyndall had the same approach and maintained a similar attitude at Tennessee, a place he says he says he still has an affinity for, “I followed it particularly close when Admiral was there we had signed Admiral and we remained in touch, he and I are buddies. I think coach Barnes has done a great job and the thing is that’s just a great job the place is amazing, the fans and I do think the resources are there, you may not believe this but I mean it sincerely that I pull for Tennessee.”

Donnie received that 10 year show cause back in 2016... so for now and with great pride, his coaching career will continue at Chipola where he was hired just last June.

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