Brian VanGorder

Football Coach
Born Apr 17, 1959

Brian VanGorder is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head football coach at Wayne State University from 1992 to 1994, and Georgia Southern University in 2006, compiling a career college football record of 19–25. VanGorder was the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) from 2008 to 2011, and also worked in the same capacity for the University of Georgia (2001–2004) and Auburn University (2012).… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on April 17, 1959.


1981 22 Years Old VanGorder started his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant coach at West Bloomfield High School. … Read More
1987 28 Years Old VanGorder's 1987 American Heritage School team was ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida.


1989 30 Years Old He joined the college ranks in 1989 at Grand Valley State University.
1992 33 Years Old VanGorder had his first head coaching opportunity from 1992 to 1994 at his alma mater, Wayne State University. … Read More
1998 39 Years Old From 1998 to 1999, VanGorder served as the defensive coordinator at Central Michigan University, following 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.


2000 41 Years Old After Central Michigan, VanGorder was the defensive coordinator during the 2000 season at Western Illinois University. … Read More
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In 2001 he was hired as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
2002 43 Years Old The 2002 season saw VanGorder's defense not only lead the SEC in scoring defense, but finished fourth nationally. … Read More
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In 2003, VanGorder's defense ranked third nationally in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and sixth in passing defense. … Read More
2005 46 Years Old In 2005 VanGorder was hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach, and he only served one year with the Jaguars before being hired as the head coach for the Georgia Southern Eagles on December 9, 2005. … Read More
2008 49 Years Old On January 24, 2008, ESPN reported that VanGorder would join new Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith's staff as their defensive coordinator.


2012 53 Years Old On January 9, 2012, VanGorder was hired by Auburn University coach Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator. … Read More
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