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Brian VanGorder

Brian VanGorder
VanGorder in 2012
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive Coordinator
Team Notre Dame
Biographical details
Born (1959-04-17) April 17, 1959
Jackson, Michigan
Playing career
1977–1980 Wayne State
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981 West Bloomfield (MI) HS (Assistant)
1982–1983 Boca Raton (FL) Academy
1984–1987 American Heritage (FL) School
1988 Boca Raton Community (FL) HS
1989–1990 Grand Valley St. (LB)
1991 Grand Valley St. (DC/LB)
1992–1994 Wayne State
1995–1996 UCF (LB/ST)
1997 UCF (AHC/DC)
1998–1999 Central Michigan (DC)
2000 Western Illinois (DC/LB)
2001–2004 Georgia (DC/LB)
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars (LB)
2006 Georgia Southern
2007 Atlanta Falcons (LB)
2008–2011 Atlanta Falcons (DC)
2012 Auburn (DC)
2013 New York Jets (LB)
2014 Notre Dame (DC/ILB)
2015-present Notre Dame (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 19–25
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Broyles Award (2003)

Brian VanGorder (born April 17, 1959) is the current defensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. He served as the head football coach at Auburn University (2012).


  • Coaching career 1
  • Head coaching record 2
  • Personal 3
  • References 4

Coaching career

VanGorder started his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant coach at West Bloomfield High School. He served as the head coach at three high schools in the state of Florida, including Boca Raton Academy (now the Boca Raton campus of Pine Crest School). VanGorder posted a record of 52–16 and was named "Coach of the Year" on seven different occasions. VanGorder's 1987 American Heritage School team was ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida.[1] He joined the college ranks in 1989 at Grand Valley State University.

VanGorder had his first head coaching opportunity from 1992 to 1994 at his alma mater, Wayne State University.[2] During his final two seasons as head coach, Wayne State recorded its first winning record in more than a decade, going 6–5 in each season.[2] From there was a three-year stint at the University of Central Florida, where he spent two years coaching linebackers and special teams before being assigned to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator. From 1998 to 1999, VanGorder served as the defensive coordinator at Central Michigan University, After Central Michigan, VanGorder was the defensive coordinator during the 2000 season at Western Illinois University. The Leathernecks ended the year 9–2, and finished eighth nationally in passing efficiency defense and 12th in both passing defense and total defense while allowing just 17.6 points per game.

In 2001 he was hired as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Bulldogs. During his first year as defensive coordinator in 2001, the Bulldogs allowed just 18.9 points per game, ended up fifth in rushing defense and ranked 17th in scoring defense.[3] The 2002 season saw VanGorder's defense not only lead the SEC in scoring defense, but finished fourth nationally.[4] The Bulldogs allowed less than 15 points per game during the season on their way to eventually winning the Sugar Bowl and finishing third in the final national poll. For his performance, VanGorder named as the seventh recipient of the Valvoline Southern Sports Tonight Assistant Coach of the Year.[5]

In 2003, VanGorder's defense ranked third nationally in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and sixth in passing defense.[6] In turn, VanGorder received the Frank Boyles "Assistant Coach of the Year" award, which honors the nation's top assistant coach.[7] During his final season at Georgia in 2004, the 10–2 Bulldogs were ranked seventh in the final national poll as VanGorder's defense finished the season ranked eighth and ninth in scoring defense.[8]

During his Georgia tenure, six of VanGorder's players were selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, including defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan, safety 2003 SEC Championship Game.

In 2005 VanGorder was hired as the

  1. ^ "Atlanta Falcons bio page". Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b 2011 Wayne State University Football Media Guide (PDF). Detroit, Michigan: WSU Sports Information Office. 2011. p. 101. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2001 Georgia Football Ranking Summary". Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2002 Georgia Football Ranking Summary". Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "VanGorder named South's top assistant football coach". May 28, 2003. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2003 Georgia Football Ranking Summary". Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Georgia defensive coordinator wins award". Associated Press. January 13, 2004. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2004 Georgia Football Ranking Summary". Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Brian VanGorder named Georgia Southern head football coach". CSTV Networks, Inc. December 12, 2005. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (January 24, 2008). "Falcons tap VanGorder to run defense". Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Brian VanGorder to run Auburn defense". news services. January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ VanGorder to replace Diaco as Irish DC


He currently is divorced. His five children are: Molloy, Morgan, Mack, Montgomery and Malone.[9]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wayne State Warriors (Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference) (1992–1994)
1992 Wayne State 4–7 3–7 T–7th
1993 Wayne State 6–5 5–5 T–6th
1994 Wayne State 6–5 6–4 T–4th
Wayne State: 16–17 14–16
Southern Conference) (2006)
2006 Georgia Southern 3–8 2–5 T–5th
Georgia Southern: 3–8 2–5
Total: 19–25
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

Head coaching record

On December 28, 2013, just hours after winning the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl, the University of Notre Dame announced VanGorder will take over as defensive coordinator, replacing Bob Diaco, who took over as head football coach at the University of Connecticut.[12]

On January 9, 2012, VanGorder was hired by Auburn University coach Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator.[11] He replaced Ted Roof who departed for the defensive coordinator position at the University of Central Florida (and later at Penn State).[11]

[10]'s staff as their defensive coordinator.Mike Smith head coach Atlanta Falcons reported that VanGorder would join new ESPN VanGorder resigned after the worst season in the school's history and left for the Atlanta Falcons where he was the linebackers coach. On January 24, 2008, [9]

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