Former Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall joins Global Force Wrestling team in Knoxville

Former University of Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall will manage the new Heavenly Bodies as they battle the Bullet Club in the main event of Global Force Wrestling’s Grand Slam Tour stop on Saturday, June 13 at Smokies Park in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tyndall spent one season at the helm of the Vols and coached them to a 10th-place finish after they were predicted 13th in the preseason poll. With one of the most inexperienced teams in the nation, he notched wins over ranked opponents Butler and Arkansas and won five SEC road games.

Former Vols basketball director of operations Justin Phelps confirmed the GFW signing of Tyndall on the Tony Basilio Show (WJBE FM 99.7) in Knoxville on Wednesday, June 10 and said, “Coach Tyndall is in the top five X’s and O’s coaches in the country. He will handle the transition to professional wrestling seamlessly.”

The GFW Grand Slam tour kicks off on Friday, June 12 at The Ballpark of Jackson in Jackson, Tenn., before moving onto Knoxville. The gates at Smokies Park will open at 5:30 p.m. for a VIP meet-n-greet. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Also scheduled to appear are Chris Mordetzky, Moose, Sonjay Dutt, Thea Trinidad, Karen Jarrett, Bullet Babe Amber Gallows and special guest Jim Cornette.

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Global Force Wrestling is a privately owned professional wrestling and entertainment company based in Nashville. Founded in 2014, Global Force Wrestling is changing the wrestling and entertainment industry with an innovative and groundbreaking approach to fan interactivity, storytelling and overall entertainment to engage audiences across television, digital and social media platforms.