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University of Tennessee swimming coach Joe Hendee passes away.

 
 

 

KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - Funeral services have been set for longtime University of Tennessee swimming coach Joe Hendee who died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 50.

Hendee spent 33 years at Tennessee, making him the longest-tenured assistant coach in the history of men's athletics at the school.

Along with his work for the Volunteers, Hendee assisted UT head coach Ray Bussard during his stint as a 1984 U.S. Olympic coach and aided in multiple international swim meets.

The Hendee family will receive friends Sunday, May 1, at UT's Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, from 3-8 p.m.

There will be a brief celebration of Hendee's life at 7:30 p.m.

A funeral mass will take place Monday, May 2, at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Cathedral, located at 711 Northshore Dr., in Knoxville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the UT men's swimming and diving team (UT Athletics 1551 Lake Loudoun Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996), the Janie B. Sharpe Brain Tumor Fund (KRC 9245 Fox Lonas Road, Knoxville, TN, 37923) or the organization of your choice.