Eight days after Georgia ended its football season with a victory in the Capital One Bowl, it has officially filled the opening on its coaching staff.
The school announced this afternoon as expected that former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson is the new defensive line coach.
Wilson said last Saturday that he hoped his hire would be finalized in a matter of days. He’s on board as Rodney Garner’s replacement in time to hit the road later this week when the recruiting dead period ends.
Wilson coached the defensive line the past three seasons at Mississippi State and was defensive coordinator the past two.
“Chris is a tremendous teacher, outstanding recruiter, mentor and brings a wealth of knowledge in coaching the defensive line to our
program,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement released by the school. “He has an extensive background not only as a position coach but also as a coordinator and is a very solid fit with what we do on defense. Just as important, Chris is a great role model as a
father and husband. He and his wife, Tina, are awesome people and along with their children, Colby and Caleb, will be outstanding additions to our football family.”
Wilson, who turned 44 on Tuesday, has coached 16 years in the college ranks, including at Oklahoma from 2005-09 where he served as defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen gave defensive play-calling duties to co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins for the Gator Bowl. He was promoted to defensive coordinator on Friday.
Richt had said that finding the new defensive line coach was “priority one” after the bowl game. Garner was defensive line coach at Georgia for 15 seasons. He left to join the staff at Auburn, his alma mater.
“Our family is excited to have the opportunity of coaching at one of the top institutions in college football,” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the Georgia program and putting all of our energy and effort into winning games and championships which I know is the goal of all those in the Georgia football family.”
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