VanGorder Auburn's New Defensive Coordinator

Auburn's new defensive coordinator is former Georgia and Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

Auburn, Ala.—Coach Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers hit a home run on the defensive side of the ball as former Georgia and current Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has been hired to coach the defense for the Tigers,

The four-year coordinator for the Falcons has extensive professional and college coaching experience, most notably at Georgia.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family at this point in my career, both professionally and personally, to become the defensive coordinator at Auburn," VanGorder said. "I'm looking forward to working at a school with the success and tradition of Auburn, and for a coach like Gene Chizik, who has led the program to a national championship.

"I'm very appreciative to the Atlanta Falcons and Coach Mike Smith for the experience of the last four years. It's a great organization and will have continued success in the future."

During his time with the Falcons, Atlanta had a franchise record four consecutive winning seasons and made the NFL playoffs three times.

From 2001-2004, VanGorder was the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at Georgia. The Bulldogs posted a 42-10 record over his four seasons at UGA, won one SEC title, two SEC East Division championships, captured three Bowl games and ended up with three straight Top 10 finishes in the final national polls.

VanGorder replaces Ted Roof as Auburn's defensive coordinator. Roof accepted a position coaching at Penn State.

In 2003, VanGorder received the Frank Boyles Award, which honors the nation's top college football assistant coach. He also won the Southern Sports Tonight's assistant of the year in 2002 by the media.

In his last season in Athens with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2004, UGA finished 10-2 and the seventh ranked team in the nation produced a defense that ranked eighth overall and ninth in scoring defense.

VanGorder's 2003 defensive unit finished third nationally in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and sixth in passing defense. In 2002, UGA's stout defense allowed only 31 points during the final seven games, propelling the Bulldogs to a Sugar Bowl win over Florida State (26-13) and a number three ranking overall in the polls. His strong defense also led the SEC in scoring defense and finished fourth nationally.

"I'm very excited to have a coach like Brian VanGorder join our staff at Auburn," said Chizik, also a former winner of the Frank Broyles Award.

"From the beginning of this process, I had one person in mind, and that was Brian," Chizik said. "He has achieved success at every level, both professionally and collegiately, which is a testament to his ability as a coach.

"He has been one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL, has won a Broyles Award at the college level, and understands what it takes to succeed in the Southeastern Conference. We're pleased to welcome Brian and his family to Auburn."

Coaching for a season under Mike Smith with the Jacksonville Jaguars before a year as the Head Coach at Georgia Southern, VanGorder was named Atlanta's linebacker coach in 2007 before taking over as defensive coordinator in 2008.

In his four years the Falcons showed improvement on that side of the ball and in 2011 finished 12th in total defense and sixth in rushing defense.

Brian VanGorder coaching career
*2008-2011 -- Defensive Coordinator, Atlanta Falcons
*2007-Linebackers, Atlanta Falcons
*2006-Head Coach, Georgia Southern
*2005-Linebackers, Jacksonville Jaguars
*2001-2004-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, University of Georgia
*2000-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Central Michigan
*1998-1999-Defensive Coordinator, Central Michigan
*1997-Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Central Florida
*1995-1996-Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator, Central Florida
*1992-1994-Head Coach, Wayne State
*1989-1991-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Grand Valley State

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