Brian VanGorder

American football coach Brian VanGorder

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).
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Numbers say Notre Dame's defense improving dramatically
Chicago Times - over 1 year
The new edition of Notre Dame's defense, for the last six games at least, seems to subscribe to the subtraction by subtraction theorem. When defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was fired Sept. 25, the day after the Irish's 38-35 loss to Duke, the team was allowing 454 yards per game, putting...
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Notre Dame fires defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder after loss to Duke
LATimes - over 1 year
Hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder following a 1-3 start.  The school tweeted a new release saying VanGorder is being replaced by defensive analyst Greg Hudson. Hudson previously served as defensive coordinator...
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Notre Dame defense hasn't progressed as much as Brian VanGorder had hoped
Chicago Times - about 2 years
Brian VanGorder ordered a coffee — "black, please" — as he settled into his seat Tuesday. No sugarcoating. An eager audience awaited answers from Notre Dame's second-year defensive coordinator. VanGorder, for his part, was consistent in his persistence that the Irish defense has been "inconsistent"...
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Notre Dame names Brian VanGorder its defensive coordinator
USA Today - about 4 years
VanGorder's history with Irish coach Brian Kelly dates back 20 years.
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49ers sign 6 to reserve/future deals
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
49ers sign 6 to reserve/future deals San Francisco Chronicle Copyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:42 pm, Thursday, February 7, 2013 The others signed were wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, guard Al Netter, offensive tackle Kenny Wiggins, linebacker Nate Stupar and defensive tackle Lamar Divens. -- The NFL reinstated Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, and the Titans hired him as a senior assistant coach for their defense. -- The Giants re-signed veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers. -- Jets coach Rex Ryan hired Brian VanGorder as linebackers coach and Bobby April III, the son of Raiders special teams coordinator Bobby April, as a defensive quality-control coach. ELSEWHERECameras to cover Bonds' appealThe U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will allow video cameras i...
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Auburn Fires Coach 2 Years After Winning National Title
Huffington Post - about 5 years
AUBURN, Ala. — Gene Chizik led Auburn to perhaps the greatest season in the program's history, and two years later to maybe its worst. The rapid fall from a national championship to 3-9 and the Southeastern Conference doormat led to Chizik's firing Sunday, the day after a humbling 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama that showed just how far the program has slipped. The Tigers endured the worst slide within two years of winning a national championship of any team since the Associated Press poll started in 1936 and hadn't lost this many games since going 0-10 in 1950. The decision came 17 months after Auburn gave Chizik a contract worth some $3.5 million annually through 2015 with a hefty buyout. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said he informed Chizik Saturday night that he would recommend to President Jay Gogue the next morning that Chizik not be retained. He said he had concerns with lopsided losses in 2011 but grew "very concerned in our fundamental approach to...
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Nolan in line for another head coach job
San Francisco Chronicle - over 5 years
Nolan in line for another head coach job [...] while Singletary seems content in the background as the Vikings' linebackers coach, Nolan is working hard to get another shot at leading an NFL team. A year after solidifying the Dolphins' defense, Nolan is in Atlanta - and while MVPish quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Roddy White get all the headlines, the defensive coordinator is one of the big reasons the Falcons are 4-0. Atlanta is second in the league with 12 forced turnovers and is giving up 19 points per game, eighth fewest in the league. "Mike's a very positive coach," Falcons head coach Mike Smith told reporters. The Atlanta players have responded well to Nolan's less emotional style, especially after constantly getting chewed out by last year's defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder. [...] on his seventh defensive coordinator job in 25 years of NFL coaching - and his third since being fired by the 49ers - Nolan said he has learned to talk less. Free...
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Video: It’s Winnersville! We talk Braves, Falcons, UGA
ajc - over 5 years
Are the 4-0 Falcons for real? Are the Georgia Bulldogs SEC title contenders? What can we expect from the Braves in the playoffs? CineSport’s Tara Petrolino and I discuss them all in this week’s video blog. Somehow, Georgia Tech did not make it into the conversation. – Jeff Schultz • Some recent typings and videos • Medlen becomes an unlikely key to Braves’ postseason • Georgia has uncomfortable mix of highlights, slapstick • After celebration, Chipper Jones admits he was an emotional wreck • Chipper Jones: Braves lose a legend, fans lose a hero, I lose reason to open laptop • Weekend Predictions: No ‘bagels’ but Dogs and Falcons win • Video blog: Are Falcons NFL’s best team (after 3 weeks)? We debate • Falcons are looking special, and it starts with Matt Ryan • Falcons’ defenders preferring Mike Nolan to Brian VanGorder • Predictions: Dogs win cage match; Falcons upset Chargers • Goodell is in ‘fantasy’ world if he doesn’t believe product being …
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Atlanta Falcons: Q&A with defensive assistant Mark Collins
ajc - over 5 years
FLOWERY BRANCH — During the recently completed minicamp, we chatted with defensive assistant Mark Collins, who’s set to Defensive assistant Mark Collins. enter his second season with the Falcons after coaching 11 years in the collegiate ranks. The former four-year starter at defensive end and outside linebacker at East Tennessee State has made coaching stops at ETSU, Michigan, Elon, Georgia Southern, Georgia and Louisiana-Monroe. He was a graduate assistant during Georgia’s 11-2 season in 2007. The Bulldogs enjoyed a No. 2 ranking in the final Associated Press poll after they won their last seven games of the season, which included a 41-10 victory over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. He was on Brian VanGorder’s staff at Georgia Southern and was a part of two Big Ten championships and back-to-back trips to the Rose Bowl while at Michigan. Here are excerpts from the Q&A with Collins, who’s been working closely with coordinator Mike Nolan and the position coaches to install...
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Video: Falcons DC Mike Nolan discusses 4-3, hybrid 3-4 attack
ajc - over 5 years
Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/ FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons are quick to note that they made 17 player moves over the offseason, but landing defensive coordinator Mike Nolan may be the team’s most important offseason pickup. Former coordinator Brian VanGorder was in his first stint as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He returned to the college ranks after last season. No players in the meeting room will be able to question any calls or scheme adjustments by Nolan because of his experience as a head coach and coordinator. He has coached in the NFL since 1987, was the 49ers’ head coach from 2005-08 and has been the defensive coordinator for six other NFL teams. The defense, which showed signs of marginal improvement under VanGorder, must make a major leap in pass coverage and on third downs under Nolan. Also, the run defense is now suspect since middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, the team’s leading tackler...
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Atlanta Falcons: 5 questions for rookie minicamp
ajc - almost 6 years
East Carolina's Dominique Davis started his career at Boston College backing up Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (Associated Press/Gail Burton) The nearly 50 players who arrived for rookie minicamp on Thursday have been issued their equipment. They take the field for their first practice at 3:30 p.m. today. (The minicamp practices, which run through Sunday, are closed to the public. The AJC posse of myself, Chris Vivlamore and Curtis Compton will be on hand for you guys.) Here are the five top questions for the camp: 1. Can second-round pick Peter Konz earn a starting position? 2. Can fifth-round pick Bradie Ewing beat out Mike Cox and replace Ovie Mughelli at fullback? 3. The Falcons new punt and kickoff returner is likely in this group. (My early favorite is Cody Pearcy, the speedster from tiny Huntingdon College.) 4. Does new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan yell as much as Brian VanGorder? 5. Will quarterback Dominique Davis serve notice to the veteran backups th...
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Georgia Bulldogs 2012 Post-Spring Wrapup: Cheers For Crowell, Questions For The OL
SB Nation- Atlanta - almost 6 years
There was plenty to be excited about after G-Day, but a thin offensive line and big (if temporary) holes in the secondary could still stand between the Dawgs and a second straight trip to the Dome. Even as Georgia was closing out the 2011 regular season on a 10-game winning streak and chartering buses for a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game, Bulldog Nation and rival fans alike were asking: What are the Dawgs' chances of repeating that feat in 2012 -- and maybe winning the conference title next time? With a second straight top-notch recruiting class, a month of spring practice and the G-Day game in the books, the answer to that question is . . . pretty much the same as it was when people first started asking it about five months ago: "Decent." On paper, Georgia's talent level can match that of any team in the conference, and the scheduling gods have once again laid out a pretty manageable path back to the Georgia Dome for the Dawgs. But spring practice held...
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Auburn's VanGorder says injured players face challenge
The Gadsen Times - almost 6 years
AUBURN — Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said the onus is on injured players to catch up and reclaim their spot
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Auburn's VanGorder: injured players face challenge
USA Today - almost 6 years
Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said the onus is on injured players to catch up and reclaim their spots.
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This Year’s Returns And Deductions For SEC Football Teams
Mr Sec - almost 6 years
On this Tax Day 2012 we thought it might be fun to take a little look at what the 14 SEC football programs are due in terms of returns this year and what each can “deduct” from their past year’s gains. Here goes… Alabama’s Due:  A brand new start from scratch.  The Tide lost three games the season after their last national title proving that it’s not as easy to repeat in real life as it is on paper. Alabama Can Deduct:  The price of some fans’ souls that were sold to insure that Oklahoma State would lose to Iowa State last year.  As crazy as it seems now, if OSU doesn’t lose to ISU, Bama fans would still be grumbling that Nick Saban had lost two years in a row to LSU… ’cause there would have been no rematch with the Tigers and no BCS crown otherwise. Arkansas’ Due:  A break.  The Razorbacks had everything rolling their way on the football front until Bobby Petrino rolled off the roadway with his mistress.  A nice, quiet week or two would be A-OK for most Hog fans. Arkansas C...
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Atlanta Falcons: Weatherspoon expected to fill void
ajc - almost 6 years
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball, stripped by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56). (Jason Getz / Down at the league meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., our good pal Alex Marvez from the Late Hits show on SiriusXM NFL radio caught up with Falcons head coach Mike Smith on Wednesday. Click for the link to the audio file. In the interview, Smith talked about the new coordinators, the team’s leadership and how he expects Sean Weatherspoon to step into the void created by the departure of linebacker Curtis Lofton. Under former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder the Falcons regularly went with a 3-3-5 alignment on third downs. That didn’t work out too well as they couldn’t mount a consistent pass rush nor cover all zone sectors in coverage. The team finished ranked 29th in third down efficiency last season. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has played both the 4-3 and 3-4 alignments and Smith again alluded to the fact that they will be more …
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Atlanta Falcons Lose Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder
Bleacher Report - about 6 years
According to, the Atlanta Falcons just lost defensive coordinator <a class="fplink fp-356774" href="/brian+vangorder">Brian VanGorder</a> to the Auburn Tigers. This is a huge blow to the Falcons. VanGorder has been the defensive coordinator in Atlanta since Mike Smith and his staff came on in 2008. VanGorder's defense in Atlanta has steadily improved since he took over, and finally seemed to reach it's peak in 2011. The Falcons' defense finished 12th overall in 2011 and carried the team to some victories throughout the season. The Falcons' defense was a major factor this season and ended up being a strength towards the end of the season. Even in the playoff game, the Falcons' defense did relatively well against a high-powered Giants' offense. The loss of VanGorder was something that had been discussed in recent weeks, but this is certainly a surprise, coming only a day after the Falcons' loss to the Giants. Finding a replacement becomes the obvious number one priority fo...
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Falcons VanGorder discusses unit, season opener - FS South
Google News - over 6 years
Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder met with the local media on Tuesday to discuss his unit and the team&#39;s season opener at Chicago on Sunday. The Falcons&#39; defense, which will have three or four potential new starters from last year&#39;s
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian VanGorder
  • 2016
    Age 56
    He was terminated only four games into the 2016 season, on September 25.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    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.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    On January 9, 2012, VanGorder was hired by Auburn University coach Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 43
    During his four years at Georgia the Bulldogs defense only gave up 30 points one time, against LSU in the 2003 SEC Championship Game.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    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.
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    In 2001 he was hired as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
  • 1998
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 32
    VanGorder had his first head coaching opportunity from 1992 to 1994 at his alma mater, Wayne State University.
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  • 1989
    Age 29
    He joined the college ranks in 1989 at Grand Valley State University.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    VanGorder started his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant coach at West Bloomfield High School.
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  • 1959
    Born on April 17, 1959.
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