Thursday, February 9, 2012

Auburn Cornerbacks Coach

Phillip Lolley has been reassigned from coaching Auburn's cornerbacks to an off-the-field role with the team.  Here are some potential candidates to replace him on the Tigers staff:

Willie Martinez - ex-Oklahoma Defensive Backs Coach
  • DB coach at Georgia from 2001-04, when Brian VanGorder was the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator.
  • DB coach at Central Michigan from 1998-2000 under VanGorder, who was the DC in 1998 and '99.  Scot Loeffler was on the CMU staff in 2000 and '01 as QB coach.
  • Defensive coordinator Central Florida in 1995 and '96.  VanGorder was his LB coach.

Mark Collins - Atlanta Falcons Defensive Assistant
  • Worked under Brian VanGorder the last two seasons with the Falcons.
  • LB coach at Georgia Southern in 2006, where VanGorder was the head coach.
  • Graduate assistant at Michigan in 2003 and '04, where he worked on staff with Scot Loeffler, who was the Wolverines' QB coach.

Jeff Koonz - Louisiana Tech - Linebackers Coach
  • DB coach at Iowa State in 2007 and '08, where he worked on staff with Gene Chizik as well as Jay Boulware and Mike Pelton.
  • Graduate assistant at Texas in 2005 and '06 under Gene Chizik, who was the Longhorns defensive coordinator.
  • GA at Auburn in 2004 after starting his coaching career as a student assistant for the Tigers.  Chizik was the DC at Auburn from 2002-04.

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