Georgia made it official Friday morning, naming Washington Redskins assistant coach Kirk Olivadotti as the Bulldogs’ new inside linebackers coach.
The hire had been expected for a couple of days, pending the completion of a pre-employment background check.
“In hiring an assistant, we look for someone who first is at the top level in football knowledge and competency,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement announcing the hire. “Then we want someone who is a teacher of the game, [will] be an example for young men, and can serve as a mentor for our student-athletes. We found all those qualities in Kirk.”
Olivadotti called the opportunity “exciting” and thanked Richt “for his confidence in what I can hopefully bring to the program.”
He replaces Warren Belin on the Georgia staff. Belin left two weeks ago to become the Carolina Panthers’ linebackers coach.
Olivadotti had been the longest-tenured member of the Redskins’ coaching staff, which he joined in 2000. At various times since then, he served as a defensive quality control coach, helped coach the special-teams units, the defensive backs and the defensive line, and more recently served as linebackers coach (2007-09) and defensive assistant (2010).
Olivadotti, 37, began his coaching career on the college level at Maine Maritime in 1997. He was an assistant coach at Indiana State in 1998-99.
He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in education and education administration, respectively, from Purdue, where he played wide receiver from 1993-96. His father is Tom Olivadotti, a long-time NFL defensive coach with the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Houston Texans.
Olivadotti is the second assistant hired by Richt this month. Will Friend, formerly at UAB, was hired as offensive line coach, replacing Stacy Searels, who left for Texas.