Just a bit of job history regarding Brian VanGorder …
In 2001 he was hired as Defensive Coordinator and linebackers coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. During his first year as Defensive Coordinator at Georgia in 2001, the Bulldogs allowed just 18.9 points per game, ended up fifth in rushing defense and ranked 17th in scoring defense. For his coaching efforts, he was named the seventh recipient of the Valvoline Southern Sports Tonight “Assistant Coach of the Year.” The 2002 season saw VanGorder’s defense not only lead the SEC in scoring defense, but finish fourth nationally. The Bulldogs allowed less than 15 points per game during the season on their way to eventually winning the Sugar Bowl and finishing third in the final national poll. In 2003, VanGorder’s defense ranked third nationally in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and sixth in passing defense. In turn, VanGorder received the Frank Boyles “Assistant Coach of the Year” award, which honors the nation’s top assistant coach.
During his final season at Georgia in 2004, the 10-2 Bulldogs were ranked seventh in the final national poll as VanGorder’s defense finished the season ranked eighth and ninth in scoring defense.
In 2005, VanGorder was hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach. He only served one year with the Jaguars before being hired as the head coach for the Georgia Southern Eagles on December 9, 2005. BVG resigned after the worst season in the school’s history and left for the Atlanta Falcons where he was hired as the Linebackers Coach.
On December 19, 2007, Brian VanGorder accepted the job as defensive coordinator at the University of South Carolina. After going through four jobs in four years, VanGorder said, “I think at this point stability is very, very important to me and my family. The three-year contract is nice and I think that’s a statement for everybody. My intentions are to be at South Carolina and to be there a long time.”
Apparently a long time to Brian VanGorder is less than one month. When VanGorder’s good friend Mike Smith took the Atlanta Falcons’ head coaching job, Smith quickly offered VanGorder the opportunity to coach the defense. On January 24, 2008, ESPN reported that VanGorder was joining new Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith’s staff as their defensive coordinator.
On January 9, 2012, VanGorder was hired by Auburn University coach Gene Chizik as Defensive Coordinator, replacing Ted Roof who departed for the same position at UCF.
Enjoy the ride Tiger fans!