Lolley Taking Administrative Position

Phillip Lolley will be moving back to an administrative role for the Auburn Tigers, Coach Gene Chizik announced on Tuesday.

Auburn, Ala.— Auburn cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley will step away as an on the field coach and return to an administrative capacity within the football program, announced head coach Gene Chizik Tuesday.

"We appreciate Coach Lolley and the contributions he has made to the Auburn football program in his various roles over the years," Chizik said. "We look forward to him continuing to help with the program's success in his new capacity."

Lolley has been at Auburn since 1999, arriving from North Jackson High School. His first year at Auburn he was a conditioning coach and coached the secondary from 2000-2003. From 2004-2008 he worked as director of NFL relations and also served as a staff liaison with high school coaches.

Lolley moved back to an on-the-field coaching role in 2009 when Chizik took over as head coach and has been in charge of the cornerbacks the past three seasons.

Lolley, a graduate of West Alabama, began his coaching career at South Choctaw Academy in 1977-78. He became head coach at Warrior Academy in 1978. He moved to Demopolis High in 1982-84 as defensive coordinator before accepting a post as head coach at Stevenson High from 1984-87. He spent the next 11 seasons at North Jackson, building that program into a high school football power before joining Tommy Tuberville's coaching staff at Auburn.

The search for his replacement will begin immediately as Auburn is scheduled to start spring football practice on March 21.

A name to watch is Willie Martinez. The former Georgia defensive coordinator has a long history of coaching with Brian VanGorder having been a secondary coach under him at Georgia. He also coached with VanGorder at Central Michigan and Central Florida. Most recently Martinez was the secondary coach at Oklahoma.

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