Former LB Tony Gilbert the latest Bulldog to join UGA’s strength staff

Georgia continues to turn to its past for the future of its strength and conditioning program.

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The Bulldogs on Tuesday made official the hiring of former player Tony Gilbert as assistant director of strength and conditioning. Gilbert, an NFL veteran who lettered for Georgia from 2000-02, has been working with the team for the past couple of weeks while awaiting the clearance of a background check.

“I’m thrilled to have Tony as part of our strength staff and program,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt, who is currently on a mission trip to Honduras. “His experience as a member of a UGA SEC championship team and an NFL player is a perfect combination for us. Our players will benefit greatly from his knowledge.”

Gilbert becomes the fourth new member of the ever-expanding strength staff. He joins director Joe Tereshinski, John Kasay Sr., Keith Gray, Thomas Brown and Rex Bradberry. Also assisting in the weight room as they attend classes at UGA are NFL veterans Kendrell Bell and Verron Haynes. All but Gray and Bradberry are Georgia football lettermen.

“I’m very excited and thankful for the opportunity to come back and be a member of the staff here at Georgia,” said Gilbert, who This is where I played, went to school and graduated, so I consider it an honor to contribute once again to the program and to have an impact on young men’s lives. I’m really looking forward to it.”

A native of Macon, Gilbert was defensive captain on the Bulldogs’ 2002
SEC championship team. He had 114 tackles that season, including 2.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for lost yardage, and earned 2nd team All-SEC honors that season. Gilbert currently ranks 10th on Georgia’s all-time list of career tacklers with 328.

Gilbert was drafted in 2003 by the Arizona Cardinals and eventually played for two NFL teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

111 comments Add your comment

tdawg

June 21st, 2011
7:09 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

June 21st, 2011
7:17 pm

If Tony Gilbert is as good an assistant director of strength and conditioning as he was a player, he will definitely be an asset to the S&C program’s mission.

Welcome back to UGA, Tony. .. Go Dawgs!

Rabid Dawg '84

June 21st, 2011
7:30 pm

Great Dawg, welcome back! We need to continue the zero arrests and hard work for Boise in the Dome. I hope with the new defenders, CTG can stop the option run and zone read this year.

Captain

June 21st, 2011
7:30 pm

Welcome to the Georgia program, Tony. Coach Richt is putting together a staff which is a great blend of the grizzled veterans from old school in Joe T and John Kasay plus guys who were instrumental in winning championships during Coach Richt’s years. Expect a different look, a different attitude, and much better results. Go Dawgs!!!

ScoutDawg

June 21st, 2011
7:35 pm

Heck Yeah, DGD breeding more DGDs.

From Where I Sit

June 21st, 2011
7:36 pm

LOL!!!!

SC or FL wins the East again in 2011!

Enough Said!

BullDawg Rick

June 21st, 2011
7:45 pm

Saw Tony a few months ago & he looks like he could still strap it on & play.. If he can get these players to buy into how he prepared for & played the game he’ll be a HUGE asset to the program! Great addition to CMR’s staff!!!

Go Dawgs!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 21st, 2011
7:49 pm

Congrats to Tony and awesome to still have John Kasey Sr around the program. Met him in 92 at a kicking camp and he was a very positive influence those couple of days just knowing how he influenced his son. GOOO DAWGS!!!!

Poobear Jenkins

June 21st, 2011
7:52 pm

Welcome Home T.Gilbert – Get these young pups ready for this Upcoming Season – Let’s Get It #Leeggoo

Long Way Home Dawg

June 21st, 2011
7:56 pm

“From Where I Sit” you are probably a tech fan, good luck with that

Dawg '94

June 21st, 2011
8:07 pm

The more the merrier! I like to see first class Georgia winners come back home. Brown & Gilbert are going to help the Dawgs back to the top of the SEC! GATA

Worm

June 21st, 2011
8:12 pm

I was at a practice when Tony Gilbert tackled Ben Watson about 3 feet from me on the sideline-Luckily, I wasn’t injured..One of the more violent collisions I’ve seen in my 43 years of watching college football..Welcome Tony.

HBTD

June 21st, 2011
8:20 pm

Welcome home Tony!

cantondawg

June 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

Coach Richt is putting together a tremendous staff at UGA. Coach Grantham is a huge upgrade to CWM and it looks like the strength and conditioning staff is rock solid again. I just can’t believe that some people just want to throw this all away and take a risk with someone new.

trupert

June 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

The UGA haters are in for a very long season, especially the one’s from GT, Auburn and SC. Go dawgs!!!

Zoli

June 21st, 2011
8:40 pm

Thank you cantondawg. I am in full support of Coach Richt. I like all the changes he has made…a slow for my taste, but great ones at that. We get ‘em back on a strict diet and coaches riding their behinds in the weight room=success on the field. Come on Bulldog nation RISE UP!

MDAWG24

June 21st, 2011
8:49 pm

Keep working hard Dawgs – looking forward to a great season.

Beast from the East

June 21st, 2011
8:51 pm

I never realized the S&C staffs were so large. Does anyone know what the limit is for an entire coaching staff?

Tony Gilbert joins Bulldog S&C staff

June 21st, 2011
9:10 pm

JB

June 21st, 2011
9:21 pm

This is all making sense. The first four years or so, Richt’s teams were feared, and outside of Florida, beat everyone they lined up against. The last three years, we have hoped we can score enough to beat Vandy and Kentucky. Maybe Richt is looking for some of that old magic..

JB

June 21st, 2011
9:22 pm

I don’t think there is a limit beast. only field coach’s.

chuck

June 21st, 2011
9:24 pm

Does anyone know how the size, condition, modernization and overall physical structure of our weight room compares with LSU and Alabama? I want to make sure that Joe T and staff are being given the resources to compete with the top tier programs in the SEC.

Beast from the East

June 21st, 2011
9:28 pm

JB,
Gotta be some kind of limit or else Bama would have one for each player. LOL! They do put some serious money into their football program.

tom

June 21st, 2011
9:43 pm

Things are changing in the weight program. Should result in changes on the field.

Brucerugby79

June 21st, 2011
9:49 pm

Can’t wait to see how we look–i have a great feeling about this year!

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 21st, 2011
9:55 pm

S&C is more than just running and working out.These former players bring some intensity to it while at the same time they are young enough for the kids to remember them playing.It’s a good deal IMO.

Mobile Dawg

June 21st, 2011
10:11 pm

Nothing against Tony but I sure wish Pollack could be enticed back into the program. What a leader and role model he would be.

Canton, like it’s not a risk sticking with Richt for another year. I can’t believe people can be so positive, and naive with the atrocious results and lack of Leadership Richt has provided the last few years. I hope the changes being made pay dividends, but my hope, and patience, has been stretched about as far as it can go.

Nub

June 21st, 2011
10:16 pm

Gilbert= DFD!!!! Remember him being a tough guy…. We need some toughness to take back the Fl games….

ugab

June 21st, 2011
10:25 pm

Mobile Dawg

June 21st, 2011
10:30 pm

Speculation is Joe T may be losing some of the kids who don’t want to work as hard as Joe T is pushing them. Gilbert is salve to help heal T’s wounds.

VININGS DAWG

June 21st, 2011
11:06 pm

Forget comparing the weight room and others to LSU or Bama. Auburn’s new facility is really state of the art. $20 million and it is a really something else.

bgdawg

June 21st, 2011
11:06 pm

i didn’t even know he got a job from uga! let alone a job on the football team! tony was my favorite player when he was at georgia, and a role model for me when i was younger. probably becaise we’re blood realtives lol

newnancoach

June 21st, 2011
11:26 pm

mobile dawg where are you getting this inside info on JT program

Tide Roll

June 22nd, 2011
12:06 am

That makes sense. I’m not suprised the kids aren’t relating to Joe T. Most of your strength and conditioning directors now have master degrees and some have even published articles on proper strength, conditioning, and nutrition. Leave it to Richt and Uga to go half ass on this and promote a guy who yells a lot.

Tide Roll

June 22nd, 2011
12:15 am

By the way, did you hear the rumor that Richt was going to use his Christian background to counsel Leebern and Yucalan about the dangers of living in SIN, but couldn’t bring himself to do it because when he thought about the relationship he went Isiah Crowell on them – he puked.

newnancoach

June 22nd, 2011
12:19 am

tide roll you are offically a waste of the minutes it takes to read your posts

Destin Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
6:05 am

Tide Troll continues to amaze with total stupidty !! Junk Yard Dawgs will be Back !!!!!

Florida Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
6:10 am

Tide Roll .. Yes Nutrition is important.. but you will EAT your Words !! My drill Sgt. in the Marines did not have masters degree.. don’t think he was published ??

tell me again

June 22nd, 2011
7:22 am

Jethro Gibbs rule # 5 – “Don’t waste good”……………..welcome back Tony – show ‘em what it takes to win.

just sayin'

June 22nd, 2011
7:29 am

Z…don’t bring that ‘RISE UP’ crap with the Dawgs….slimy with the falcants and won’t work for the Dawgs…Dawgs don’t need that…looking forward to the 4th qtr with a new attitude…no more bending over double trying to catch their breath…standing tall and beating down on SC and FL…go Dawgs…

harry norman

June 22nd, 2011
7:34 am

Ain’t no speculation Mobile. He needs to back off or he won’t have anyone left standing when camp comes. No rest= no gains= injuries.

koolaide is flowing this morning

June 22nd, 2011
7:53 am

wow.

we added an unemployed NFL player with no experience training a football team to our strength and conditioning program. now we are certainly destined to win it all in ‘11.

does anyone but me find this rationale a little crazy?

“those rose colored glasses….they hide all the truth”

Atticus

June 22nd, 2011
7:54 am

I always hear this BS about the “new weight facility being state of the art” every couple of years. Every SEC program has enough weights and bars and dumbells. It’s what you do with them that counts.

JB

June 22nd, 2011
7:59 am

Tony was hired to push and motivate. Not teach.

Gotta Go

June 22nd, 2011
7:59 am

folks…you are setting yourselves up….we still have a great man who is only an average coach on his good days.

just sayin'

June 22nd, 2011
8:04 am

Joe T needs to keep the pressure on….no Prima Donna’s on the team…raising the 4 at the beginning o the 4th qtr is gonna mean something this year….

newnancoach

June 22nd, 2011
8:21 am

again Hnorman and MD who are you talking to that you have the great inside info on the sc program? Who wants out at UGA because of hard work? You always push kids beyond what they percieve as their limit and when they reach beyond they are better for it. i can tell you from experience most players love getting bigger and stronger some just take a little more motivation. In the end when the pads go on and whistle blows and they see that when the guy across the ball is gassed and they are still running on a full tank they will understand and then we will be headed in the right direction

newnancoach

June 22nd, 2011
8:23 am

Chp any updates on Jenkins, Crowell, Drew, etc…?

1eyedJack

June 22nd, 2011
8:36 am

Hopefully by the start of the season they’ll have this team strong enough to hoist Richt, Bobo, AND Grantham onto their shoulders for the victory lap.

DawginLex

June 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

tide roll with another dumba$$ comment

Joe T and the players not relating?

Joe T doesn’t care.

He is there to kick butt, take names and win football games.

He is not there to make friends.

You are dumber than a bag of hammers