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Friday, January 9, 2009

Richt Makes Coaching Changes

From UGA Athletics:

University of Georgia Director of Football Operations Steve Greer will retire effective June 30 after more than 35 years with the Bulldogs as a player, coach, and administrator.

"Steve Greer has been a loyal and dedicated Georgia Bulldog for more than 35 years and we are all grateful for his service to the University," said Bulldog head coach Mark Richt. "I know all the Georgia people will join in wishing him the very best in retirement."

Richt also said he will restructure part of his offensive coaching staff. Current receivers coach John Eason will move into the football operations role and current running backs coach Tony Ball will assume duties coaching the receivers. Bryan McClendon, a Bulldog letterman and current graduate assistant, will be added to the full time staff and coach the running backs.

"I want to thank the University and all the Georgia people," said Greer. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been a student and player, a coach, administrator and earn two degrees from Georgia. I'll always be a Dawg."

Greer, a two-time All-America defensive lineman at Georgia in 1968 and '69, has served on the Bulldog staff since 1979 when he was hired by head coach Vince Dooley to coach the defensive line. He came to Georgia after seven years on the Auburn coaching staff. During his Georgia career he has served as an on-field coach from 1979-93 and in administrative capacities since. As a player, Greer help lead the 'Dogs to the 1968 SEC championship and earned All-SEC first team honors in addition to first team All-American in 1969.

"Coach Eason has been handling a lot of administrative duties in his role as associate head coach and he'll transition well into his new responsibilities," said Richt. "He's done an outstanding job coaching receivers not only here but throughout his coaching career. Tony (Ball) will be going back to coaching a position he spent a great deal of time with before coming to Georgia and I think Bryan (McClendon) is a bright young coach who will be a terrific addition to our full time, on-field staff. He's one of our own having come through our program as a player and graduate assistant. He knows the 'Georgia way'."

Eason came to Georgia as part of Richt's original staff in 2001. A 1969 graduate of Florida A&M, he coached wide receivers at Florida State (1981-94), served as offensive coordinator, receivers coach, and assistant head coach at South Carolina (1995-98); and associate head coach with the Toronto Argonauts in 2000.

The move has Ball returning to a position he held before joining the Georgia staff in 2006. He served as wide receivers coach at Virginia Tech from 1998-2005 and also at Louisville from 1995-97. He also had coaching stops at UT Chattanooga, South Carolina, East Tennessee, and Holy Cross.

McClendon was a wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 2002-05 and has served as a graduate assistant with the Georgia offense the last two years. His senior season McClendon helped the Bulldogs to an SEC title as he recorded 35 pass receptions and six touchdowns including a game-winner in the closing minutes against Georgia Tech. He was part of a senior class that won 44 games. He is also the son of former Georgia and Chicago Bears tailback Willie McClendon, the 1978 SEC Player of the Year.

RELATED: I chatted with Bryan McClendon about his coaching career way back in September. You can read that conversation HERE.


Anonymous said...

Crap; Willie remains on staff.

Ally said...
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Anonymous said...

I believe this is all to fill space (greer retiring) more than anything being wrong with the staff. Good to see one of our better position coaches step into a position he has a multitude of previous experience in (Ball).

anonymous said...

Until HCMR makes the change on the defense that we'd many of us would like to see, we will remain skeptical of any subsequent changes............