UGA makes it official: Chris Wilson hired as D-line coach

ATHENS – As I reported a few of days ago, Georgia targeted Chris Wilson, co-defensive coordinator at Mississippi State the past three seasons, as its new defensive line coach. The Bulldogs finally made it official late Wednesday afternoon with their formal announcement of his hiring (see below).

Wilson replaces Rodney Garner, who left UGA after 15 years of service on Dec. 21 to return to Auburn, his alma mater. I had a chance to talk to Garner just yesterday and he gives Wilson his hardy endorsement.

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“Great guy,” Garner said. “Good family man, good coach, good recruiter. He’ll do a good job.”

I’m not sure what else Garner would say but there you have it.

In any case, following is UGA’s official release. I’ll try to catch up with Wilson again as soon as possible and tell yoou more about him. He wasn’t able to say much last time I talked to him, between Georgia having not announced it yet and him being between meetings at the AFCA Convention in Nashville. In the meantime, let me know what specific questions you’d have for Wilson.

Check back for updates . . .

Chris Wilson, defensive coordinator, co-defensive coordinator, and defensive line coach at Mississippi State the past three seasons, has been named defensive line coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Wednesday by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

“Chris is a tremendous teacher, outstanding recruiter, mentor and brings a wealth of knowledge in coaching the defensive line to our program,” said Richt. “He has an extensive background not only as a position coach but also as a coordinator and is a very solid fit with what we do on defense. Just as important, Chris is a great role model as a father and husband. He and his wife, Tina, are awesome people and along with their children, Colby and Caleb, will be outstanding additions to our football family.”

Wilson joined the Mississippi State staff as co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 2010 before being named defensive coordinator in 2011. Under Wilson’s leadership, Mississippi State improved in seven major statistical categories in 2011, while ranking 16th nationally in scoring defense (19.7 points per game).

In 2010, Wilson served as the Mississippi State defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator after spending the previous five years tutoring defensive linemen at his alma mater, Oklahoma. Wilson is a veteran of 16 years coaching at the collegiate level with stints at Indiana State (linebackers, 1993-94), Northern Illinois (linebackers,1995), Illinois State (defensive line, 1997-99), Colorado (defensive line, 2000-04) and Oklahoma (defensive ends/special teams coordinator, 2005-09).

“Our family is excited to have the opportunity of coaching at one of the top institutions in college football,” said Wilson. “I’m looking forward to being part of the Georgia program and putting all our energy and effort into winning games and championships which I know is the goal of all those in the Georgia football family.”

Wilson has coached many outstanding players during his career including Mississippi State’s All-America defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft (Eagles); Oklahoma’s DE Jeremy Beal (2009), two-time All-Big 12 and team leader in sacks and tackles-for-loss; Oklahoma’s All-Big 12 DE Auston English (2007); and Sooner Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and Holiday Bowl MVP C.J. Ah You (2005).

The 2011 Mississippi State defense placed 17th in the country in red-zone scoring (73.91 percent) as well as eighth in the FBS in big plays allowed (37 of 20-plus yards). Wilson helped lower the points-per-game output and lessened the passing yards per game by more than 500 yards from 2010.

Wilson coached defensive ends at Oklahoma and, for the last three years of his tenure, also served as special teams coordinator. In 2009, Wilson helped mentor a defensive front that finished eighth nationally against the run, allowing only 92 yards per game, and posted the sixth-most sacks in the country. The Sooner defense also finished the season ranked eighth in total defense and seventh in points allowed.

CHRIS WILSON BIO

  • 2011-12: Mississippi State (Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
  • 2010: Mississippi State (Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
  • 2007-09: Oklahoma (Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ends)
  • 2005-06: Oklahoma (Defensive Ends)
  • 2000-04: Colorado (Defensive Line)
  • 2000 (Spr.): Army (Defensive Line)
  • 1998-99: Illinois State (Defensive Line)
  • 1997: Indiana State (Linebackers / Recruiting Coordinator)
  • 1996: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
  • 1995: Northern Illinois (Linebackers)
  • 1994: Indiana State (Linebackers)
  • 1993: Indiana State (Graduate Assistant)

PERSONAL INFO

  • Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1969
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Education: 1992 – Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma
  • Wife: Tina
  • Children: Caleb and Colby

92 comments Add your comment

Mongoose

January 9th, 2013
4:51 pm

I realy don’t get this hire.

Miss St’s d was really bad this year.

82Dawg

January 9th, 2013
4:56 pm

Who cares what Garner says??

Cuz

January 9th, 2013
4:59 pm

I would rather have a special teams coach and tell Grantham to get off his fat asterisk and coach the line. But that is just me I suppose.

Cuz

January 9th, 2013
5:01 pm

Losing Garner would have been turrible about six years or so ago. I think Bobo is the better recruiter right now. Time for all you Bobo haters to chime in, Haters gotta hate or they just aint got squat to write.

Mongoose

January 9th, 2013
5:08 pm

in 2012, Miss ST FINISHED IN THE SEC:
11TH IN RUSH DEFENSE
13TH IN SACKS
13TH IN TACKLES FOR LOSS

Hard to imagine any dline coach in the sec being worse than Wilson was.

dawg4life

January 9th, 2013
5:09 pm

Somehow I don’t think this guy will be so late to make initial contact with the states elite recruits. We have been taken to the woodshed too many times for pure laziness.

Snoop Dawg

January 9th, 2013
5:11 pm

Why can’t UGA steal someone who has already proven himself at an elite program?

Snoop knows the answer to the question but would like to hear some possible explanations from the blogosphere…

sflanagan21

January 9th, 2013
5:14 pm

Good hire…

Chip Towers

January 9th, 2013
5:14 pm

Mongoose: Are you capable of looking beyond this past season? Look, I don’t profess to know how good of a hire this is until a couple of years down the road. But between this guy’s experience (see bio), the fact that he had risen to the level of d-coordinator, the injuries and defections Miss. State incurred this past season (more on that later) and the players Wilson has coached and put into the league, I’d say on first blush this is a great hire. At the risk of being insulting, you have to look beyond the end of your nose. And UGA chose this guy over a ton of applicants. It’s not like this was a blind shot at a dart board.

Chip Towers

January 9th, 2013
5:22 pm

REGARDING “MONGOOSE”

I’m not sure what this person’s agenda is, but I feel it’s important to note that he has posted on this blog under multiple names, including “Mort,” “Domino,” “Best Dawg” and, of course, “Mongoose.” He may or not be a Georgia fan but, what is clear, he never has anything positive to say about the Bulldogs. So take what he says with a grain of salt. As all of you regulars know, many times fans of other teams and even employees of other schools come on here posing as Georgia fans and trying to shed a negative light on the fan base or the program. Not that they don’t sometimes have valid points. Just wanted to remind folks of that phenomena, for lack of a better word.

JUNKYARD DAWG

January 9th, 2013
5:25 pm

Mongoose get a life son, I’ll take Wilson over Garner any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

P-Man

January 9th, 2013
5:27 pm

Thank you, Chip!

ole dawg

January 9th, 2013
5:27 pm

Great perspective Chip. Not sure Mongoose will understand but great perspective. He will fit in at UGA and one subpar year does not make him a bad coach. He fits a lot of needs at UGA. He will be able to recruit young Afican-American kids and offer them hope of following the successful path that he has been down. Sounds like he will fit into the current staff just fine. He should be able to help UGA continue the climb that they have been on the last 2 years. Our 2013 record is 0-0 and the work starts now.

3-4 vs 4-3

January 9th, 2013
5:27 pm

I’ve got a question for Wilson…How do you (Wilson) think you can handle the shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive scheme?
I realize that as a D Line coach the impact of the change probably isn’t as big compared to D Coordinator making the change (or players for that matter), but with one less man on the line with his hand in the dirt, will your approach toward practice/training/tactics change or will you go with what you know? (Cue the ubiquitous answer of: will get on the practice field with the guys and find a recipe that works best for all of us)

Left Coast Dawg

January 9th, 2013
5:29 pm

Thanks Chip for saying what I was about to elaborate on regarding Mongoose or whatever his real name is. I agree this guy is a great hire. He did good work at Oklahoma where he had talented players. Miss St probably expected him to do the same but how could he with less talent. We should expect great things given Georgia’s athletes.

Please continue to keep us informed on the posers like Mongoose…..we know how to handle them!

Rick James

January 9th, 2013
5:31 pm

@Mongoose

in 2012, Miss ST FINISHED IN THE SEC:
11TH IN RUSH DEFENSE
13TH IN SACKS
13TH IN TACKLES FOR LOSS

Hard to imagine any dline coach in the sec being worse than Wilson was
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You cant imagine it because you dont want to..Did Miss St have the talent that Georgia had? No! Which is why that stats are where they are.Only assistant coaches and losers worry about stats.We need him to recruit good talent..

3-4 vs 4-3

January 9th, 2013
5:32 pm

P.S. I think its a good hire. Now he can be a TRUE Bulldog instead of the OTHER Bulldogs from the SEC. Time to start bleeding Red and Black Wilson.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 9th, 2013
5:33 pm

Chip- will Wilson be the recruit coordinator as well or is someone else taking on that responsibility? I’m sure he knows the South but not Metro Atlanta.

GUTRAKE

January 9th, 2013
5:34 pm

He’s African-American. He’s a family man. He’s been at OK and MS St. (two defensive-minded programs). He’s young and he is energetic. He will be driven to make his mark at UGA. That’s why he was chosen.

Nate the great

January 9th, 2013
5:37 pm

So glad Gardner is gone. New recruiting blood needed for a long time.

Rick James

January 9th, 2013
5:38 pm

@Snoop Dawg

Why can’t UGA steal someone who has already proven himself at an elite program?

Snoop knows the answer to the question but would like to hear some possible explanations from the blogosphere
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When Georgia hired Mark Richt from Florida St did you honestly know who he was? Do you think they shoud have hired Hines Ward? I have a friend who is a Miss St fan and he is crushed over this hire..Unlike some Georgia fans feelings about losing Garner.

ToccoaDawg

January 9th, 2013
5:38 pm

Great write up chip. Thanks brother for taking mongoose, or moonbat as I like to call it,out back behind the shed. I think Coach Grantham and Coach Richt know a little more than a Techie.

Swingman912

January 9th, 2013
5:42 pm

Not to Mention some solid current NFL players were coached by Wilson….as a matter of fact KJ wright will be in the dome starting for Seattle this weekend at LB. Flethcer Cox, Jamar Chaney, just to name a few… solid young guys in the League. and because of this hire a kid in now considering coming to UGA. Good Hire in my book

bucket

January 9th, 2013
5:42 pm

Thanks Chip for starting to call out some bloggers on the ajc blogs. Some good natured back and forth is ok from time to time, but sometimes these blogs just get really tiresome for those of us who want to have an intelligent conversation with fellow Dawgs. I wish some of your co-workers would follow your cue.

CHDawg

January 9th, 2013
5:43 pm

Speaking of D line, Chip…any rumblings on K. Geathers? Welcome from this fan, Coach Wilson! This has to be exciting: coming into a program that is graduating a busload of NFL D prospects, and having an excellent offense returning. A solid defense in ‘13 would almost certainly put us in the hunt for another big year. CCW could shine very brightly in less than a year in Athens! Go Dawgs.

SEC Football

January 9th, 2013
5:44 pm

GREAT RESPONSE CHIP. IT GETS OLD READING SOME OF THE POSTINGS WHERE THE ONLY MOTIVE IS TO TRY AND START SOMETHING. YOU ARE CORRECT WHEN YOU SAY YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE OVERALL RECORD. LAST YEAR A LOT OF THE FLORIDA PEOPLE WANTED TO GET RID OF MUSCHAMP AND LOOK AT THE YEAR THEY HAD THIS YEAR. I AGREE WITH YOU THAT IN 2-3 YEARS WE WILL BE GLAD WE HAVE HIM.

Rick James

January 9th, 2013
5:44 pm

To get a perspective on this hire please read Michael Carvell blog on David Bellamy..

Buckeye

January 9th, 2013
5:48 pm

Chip is on a roll!

I better behave.

go dogs.

SEC! SEC!

George

January 9th, 2013
5:50 pm

Why would anyone go from Defensive Cordinator to Defensive line coach ? It would seem as this is a demotion for him ? Don’t get me wrong, UGA would be a great place to coach and getting out of Starkvegas would be good . I just don’t understand the hire. Good luck.

Buckeye

January 9th, 2013
5:52 pm

Perhaps he is also a dietician?

dewnsav

January 9th, 2013
5:53 pm

Morongoose, different level in talent between UGA and Missy State…go dogs

dewnsav

January 9th, 2013
5:54 pm

Buckeye, I hope one day OSU beats a SEC team…maybe you’ll go away…go dogs

True Grit

January 9th, 2013
6:08 pm

Thanks for the smack down on Mongoose, Chip. Seems he gone away.

dbc

January 9th, 2013
6:12 pm

I’m hoping his additional experience as a Special Teams Coordinator can help kill two birds with one stone. That may be CMR’s plan. No offense to Rhett McGowan, but can we please find a dynamic punt returner? Does anyone remember Thomas Flowers?

bubba4dawgs

January 9th, 2013
6:12 pm

Let’s not jump to conclusions about Coach Wilson! The UGA defense is rebuilding, so he will get a chance to help develop young players coming along. It all starts with recruiting and there are a few waiting in the wings to prove themselves and Coach Wilson will be an asset to Coach Grantham in building the “D” line! This is going to be a very important year! It’s exciting to have the “O” line back, Aaron Murray and Gurshall. Add that to the fine group of receivers, and UGA can be mighty good!

We all know the defense certainly needs improvement! Remember, the offense was suspect at the beginning of the 2012 season, now it’s the defense. Welcome aboart Coach Wilson! Help take the DAWGS all the way! That will be exciting and you can celebrate with a ring next January. GO DAWGS!!

LakeDawg

January 9th, 2013
6:15 pm

We will see how it works out. MSU had a pretty good D in 2010 and 2011. I’m a little conflicted about the 3-4. Unless you’re 2 deep with 300 pounders its not as effective as the 4-3. The fat guys get tired unless you rotate them consistently.

D-MAN

January 9th, 2013
6:17 pm

Garner never locked down the state,time for a change!Man we came close
this year folks.

kerryb

January 9th, 2013
6:19 pm

I think we have some good solid players waiting in the wings on defense. Maybe Coach Wilson can help Ray Drew become the player we thought he could be now. Apparently Garner didn’t know how to get him to the next level anymore. The difference in this years defense and next years is that they will be hungry to make a name for themselves where the other guys knew they were already going to be drafted high. Also, the new group seems like the type of kids that won’t get suspended for the first 4 games

Vampire Bill

January 9th, 2013
6:23 pm

Overall pretty happy with this series of events. Don’t think we’ll miss Gardner but thank him for all he did. Go dawgs !!

Vampire Bill

January 9th, 2013
6:23 pm

oops.. Garner

Douglas

January 9th, 2013
6:24 pm

I think Gif Smith would have been a much better hire. He did a great job at recruiting at Ga Tech and coached the DL in the NFL.

Grantham's The Man!

January 9th, 2013
6:26 pm

I don’t know what team Mongoose, AKA, Domino, AKA, Best dog, etc, etc, pulls for but he has a right to be worried.

UGA is Relevant. I’m betting his team is not. Time to get a life, Troll Boy.

LakeDawg

January 9th, 2013
6:27 pm

kerryb wrote “The difference in this years defense and next years is that they will be hungry to make a name for themselves where the other guys knew they were already going to be drafted high. Also, the new group seems like the type of kids that won’t get suspended for the first 4 games.”

I hope your right. I suspect you are. The young DB’s really worry me, though.

Chip Towers

January 9th, 2013
6:32 pm

George: He was in the process of being demoted at Miss. State. The fact is, not everybody is suited as a D-coordinator or a head coach or an AD or what have you. Doesn’t mean you’re not good at anything else. And he was looking like a pretty good coordinator his first couple of years. So much of this business is dependent on many factors out of one’s control. For instance, everybody was saying Richt was a horrible coach the year Georgia went 6-7. But what about the 10+ wins he averaged the other 11 seasons?

sogadog

January 9th, 2013
6:33 pm

Everyone lamented the hiring of Will Frend and complained he was a no name from a small school. Now his o-line is playing very well and in my opinion is playing above its talent level. I believe Coach Wilson will be the next Coach Friend.

NCDawg

January 9th, 2013
6:37 pm

Jeez, the usual grousing over not hiring a “BIG” name. Big names don’t make a bit of difference. Often times big names will create chemistry issues on a staff because if they aren’t the D- corrdinator they think they should be.
I look forward to seeing what Coach Wilson can do with the talent we have. I’m not sure Coach Garner was ever a 3-4 guy and I think he coached the NG’s like DT’s. He is great guy but I have wondered about the line techniques over the past 2 years. It will be interesting to see if the NG’s in particular are more proactive in forcing the issue on the line.

MS Bully

January 9th, 2013
6:41 pm

We are proud to let you have Coach Wilson. He got demoted for a good reason. Our defense has improved already with this coach leaving. Hail State!!

sblackmon

January 9th, 2013
6:46 pm

GO UGA….LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

OVentbrel

January 9th, 2013
6:47 pm

sogadog, I completely agree. In the case of Will Friend, he may have coached at a small school, but he was an All-Conference lineman at Alabama. People that think a guy like that couldnt coach up an offensive line are obviously pretty dim.

Va Dawg

January 9th, 2013
7:05 pm

Chip any chance he will also get the nod as special teams coordinator since he did that at Oklahoma? Why has CMR been so dug in on not having a special teams coordinator? Since we now have hired a new coach which has been CMRs reason for not being able to add one since his coaching staff was already, full can this be an opportunity for him to add one as we are in need of someone in that capacity?