Georgia today made the hiring of Washington Redskins assistant coach Kirk Olivadotti official.
The 37-year old will replace Warren Belin as inside linebackers coach as previously reported by the Athens Banner-Herald. Belin left to coach linebackers for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
‚ÄúIn hiring an assistant, we look for someone who first is at the top level in football knowledge and competency,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said in a statement. ‚ÄúThen we want someone who is a teacher of the game, be an example of young men and can serve as a mentor for our student-athletes. We found all those qualities in Kirk.‚Äù
Olivadotti spent the past 11 seasons with the Redskins.
He was linebackers coach from 2007 to 2009 and served as the team‚Äôs defensive assistant in 2010 under new coach Mike Shanahan.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs exciting to have this opportunity to work with Coach Richt, his coaching staff and players,‚Äù Olivadotti said in a statement. ‚ÄúI want to thank him for his confidence in what I can hopefully bring to the program. I also want to thank (Redskins owner Dan Snyder) and the Redskins for the last 11 years in Washington and the NFL.‚Äù
Olivadotti has worked in the NFL with defensive coaches Ray Rhodes, Marvin Lewis, Gregg Williams and Greg Blache.
His father, Tom Olivadotti, was a long-time defensive coach in the NFL who was on staff in Houston when Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham also coached for the Texans.
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