Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tennessee head basketball coach Rick Barnes has been named the Knoxville News Sentinel's 2018 Sportsperson of the Year.
Last year, Barnes led the Vols to an SEC Championship and now in his 4th season, the coach has his team ranked No.3 in the country and sporting an 11-1 record heading into Conference play.
He and his wife, Candy, also are involved in several philanthropic causes throughout the Knoxville area.
Barnes and the Vols open SEC play Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena when they host Georgia at 3:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network).