Kirby Smart looks to keep UGA going with four new coaches
The new guys replace coaches who left to seek opportunities elsewhere following Georgia’s run to the 2021 national championship. Defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning became Oregon’s head coach; passing game coordinator/receivers coach Cortez Hankton held the same position at LSU; defensive backfield coach Jahmile Addae is now in Miami; and associate head coach/offensive line coach Matt Luke retired.
In most cases, the moves were expected. In Luke’s case, that was not the case.
It’s the biggest change that Smart, now entering his seventh season as Georgia coach, has absorbed. He’s changed every year, with a previous record of three coaches leaving after the 2019 season. Running backs coach Dell McGee is the only assistant who has always been with Smart.
Either way, the Bulldogs have to deal with the cards that have been dealt to them. So far, Smart has done a good job.
Here is a brief overview of the new faces:
Of course, the most profound change to Georgia’s coaching staff will be the promotion of Will Muschamp to co-defensive coordinator. A two-time head coach and career coordinator, Muschamp’s considerable presence was felt last year as he rose from analyst to on-field assistant within months.
Although he was technically replacing Scott Cochran as special teams coordinator, “Coach Boom” often overtook Lanning’s defensive groups with loud off-the-cuff interjections. With Muschamp sharing the coordinator title with inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann, it’s hard to imagine anyone wielding more influence on defense than him.
His only rival in this department will likely be Smart himself.