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Friday, February 18, 2011

Olivadotti officially announced as inside linebackers coach

Kirk Olivadotti is officially on board as Georgia's newest assistant coach.

UGA announced on Friday morning that Olivadotti, who spent the past 11 years with the Washington Redskins, will be the inside linebackers coach. That's the same title that Warren Belin held before leaving a couple weeks ago to be the Carolina Panthers' linebackers coach.

"It's exciting to have this opportunity to work with Coach Richt, his coaching staff and players," Olivadotti said in a statement released by UGA. "I want to thank him for his confidence in what I can hopefully bring to the program. I also want to thank Mr. Snyder and the Redskins for the last 11 years in Washington and the NFL."

Head coach Mark Richt, also in one those handy team-released statement, stated:
"In hiring an assistant, we look for someone who first is at the top level in football knowledge and competency. Then we want someone who is a teacher of the game, be an example for young men, and can serve as a mentor for our student-athletes. We found all those qualities in Kirk."

One issue that remains to be resolved is what happens with Belin's special teams coaching duties. Belin coached the kickoff coverage unit, which ranked first in the SEC. Olivadotti did assist in coaching the Redskins' special teams during a portion of his time there.

Olivadotti was the Redskins' linebackers coach from 2007-09, then had a more general "defensive assistant" title last year. (Unlike in college, the NFL has no limit on the amount of assistants a team can have.)

During his time with the Redskins, Olivadotti also coached the defensive backs, assisted with coaching the defensive line and was a defensive quality control coach.

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