The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back national championship performances that saw their offensive coordinator Todd Monken hired by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.
With a significant amount of roster turnover on both sides of the ball, it is up to this Bulldogs’ coaching staff to develop the necessary talent if the Bulldogs want to three-peat as national champions.
Georgia Bulldogs Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Kirby Smart
After years of coordinating the most dominant defensive teams of the 2010s while at Alabama, Kirby Smart was hired to serve as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs in 2015.
Two national championships later, Smart has become one of college football’s best head coaches and has turned Georgia into the premier team in the country. Since Smart took over as the head coach of Georgia, the Bulldogs have produced a remarkable 60 NFL draft picks over that span.
Smart was a First-Team All-SEC safety at Georgia during the late ’90s before transitioning into a coaching role. He first served as an administrative assistant at Georgia in 1999 before earning a job as the defensive backs coach for Valdosta State in 2000.
After taking over the defensive coordinator job there in 2001, Smart pursued his Master’s degree at Florida State and worked there as a graduate assistant on Bobby Bowden’s staff in 2002 and 2003. Smart would then go on to coach defensive backs for LSU during their 2004 season under Nick Saban.
Smart moved to the offensive side of the ball to coach running backs for Georgia in 2005 before following Saban to the pros in 2006, coaching safeties for the Miami Dolphins.
In 2007, Smart joined the Alabama football staff as their defensive backs coach. Smart would be promoted to defensive coordinator in 2008, a move that began one of the most impressive dynasties in college football history. Smart would win the Broyles Award that season as the best assistant coach in college football.
During his tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won four National Championships, three SEC titles, and won the SEC West six times in a seven-year span.
Smart was then hired by Georgia to serve as their head coach. Smart has taken Georgia to three national championships, winning two of them. Overall, Smart has a head coaching record of 83-15.
Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers: Glenn Schumann
Glenn Schumann has one of the most impressive tenures as a position coach, producing two Butkus Award winners in Roquan Smith and Nakobe Dean and two other finalists in Tae Crowder and Jamon Dumas-Johnson.
Schumann took over the linebackers coach job at Georgia in 2016 before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2019.
He started as an analyst on the Alabama staff in 2008 before becoming a graduate assistant in 2011. Schumann was promoted to be Alabama’s Director of Player Development/Associate Director of Player Personnel in 2014. He then followed Smart to Georgia after the 2015 season, where he has helped turn Georgia’s defense into the country’s best year in and year out.
His full coaching resume can be found below:
- Alabama (Undergraduate analyst, 2008-11; Graduate Assistant 2011-14;Director of Player Development/Associate Director of Player Personnel, 2014-15)
- Georgia (Linebackers coach, 2016-18; Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, 2019-Present)
Co-Defensive Coordinator: Will Muschamp
One of the most successful defensive coaches of the 2000s, Muschamp joined the Georgia staff as Co-Defensive Coordinator in 2021. Muschamp has spent decades coaching some of college football’s best defenses at LSU, Texas, and Florida.
Muschamp got started as a graduate assistant at Georgia in 1995, and his journey looks pretty similar to Kirby Smart’s. Muschamp became the defensive backs coach at West Georgia College in 1998 and Eastern Kentucky in 1999 before taking the defensive coordinator job at Valdosta State in 2000.
He was hired to Nick Saban’s LSU staff in 2001, coaching linebackers that season before taking over as defensive coordinator in 2002. Muschamp helped LSU win the 2003 National Championship before following Saban to the Miami Dolphins in 2005 as an assistant head coach.
Muschamp returned to the college ranks as Auburn’s defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2007 before taking the same role at Texas. He helped the Longhorns to an appearance in the 2009 National Championship and was hired as Florida’s head coach in 2011.
Despite several successful defenses, Muschamp’s tenure at Florida was defined by a lack of offense, and he was fired after four seasons as head coach. Muschamp bounced back to serve as Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2015 before taking over as the head coach of South Carolina in 2016.
While the Gamecocks enjoyed some success under Muschamp, he was ultimately let go during the 2020 season. Muschamp’s full coaching resume can be found below:
- Georgia (Graduate Assistant, 1995-96)
- West Georgia College (Defensive Backs, 1998)
- Eastern Kentucky (Defensive Backs, 1999)
- Valdosta State (Defensive Coordinator, 2000)
- LSU (Linebackers, 2001; Defensive Coordinator 2002-04)
- Miami Dolphins (Assistant Head Coach, 2005)
- Auburn (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, 2006-07)
- Texas (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, 2008-10)
- Florida (Head coach, 2011-2014)
- Auburn (Defensive Coordinator, 2015)
- South Carolina (Head coach, 2016-20)
- Georgia (Analyst, 2021; Co-Defensive Coordinator, 2022-Present)
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Mike Bobo
A former quarterback at Georgia, Bobo enters his second tenure as the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2023. Bobo first served as Georgia’s offensive coordinator from 2007-2014 under former head coach Mark Richt.
He served as an assistant at Georgia after his playing career ended, becoming an administrative assistant in 1998 before becoming a graduate assistant in 1999. Bobo spent 2000 as the quarterbacks coach for Jacksonville State before being hired back at Georgia in the same role in 2001.
Bobo served as quarterbacks coach for UGA from 2001 to 2006 before his promotion to offensive coordinator in 2007. While at Georgia, Bobo mentored successful quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford, Aaron Murray, and David Greene.
He was then hired to serve as the head coach of the Colorado State Rams in 2015, where he served as head coach until he was fired in 2019. Bobo became the offensive coordinator at South Carolina in 2020 and served as the interim head coach after the aforementioned Will Muschamp was fired.
Spending 2021 as Auburn’s offensive coordinator before being hired by Georgia as an analyst in the 2022 season. Bobo’s full coaching resume can be found below:
- Georgia (Administrative Assistant, 1998; Graduate Assistant, 1999)
- Jacksonville State (Quarterbacks, 2000)
- Georgia (Quarterbacks, 2001-2006; Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, 2007-14)
- Colorado State (Head coach, 2015-19)
- South Carolina (Offensive Coordinator, 2020)
- Auburn (Offensive Coordinator, 2021)
- Georgia (Analyst, 2022; Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, 2023)
Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends: Todd Hartley
Todd Hartley’s coaching career started as a student assistant at Georgia from 2005 to 2007, working with the offense and special teams. He spent 2008 as a graduate assistant at West Virginia before returning to Georgia as a graduate assistant in 2009 and 2010.
Hartley joined Doc Holliday’s staff at Marshall as his safeties coach in 2011 and 2012 before returning to the offensive side of the ball as tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator for the Thundering Herd’s 2013 and 2014 seasons. He would return to Georgia in 2015 as the Bulldogs’ Director of Player Personnel before joining Mark Richt’s staff at Miami as their tight ends coach/special teams coordinator from 2016-18.
Returning to Georgia once again, he has revolutionized their tight end room into arguably the best in the country. Hartley has produced several NFL Draft picks at tight end, including David Njoku, Charlie Woerner, Tre McKitty, John FitzPatrick, Darnell Washington, and presumably a top-10 selection in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft in Brock Bowers.
Running Backs Coach: Dell McGee
A former starting safety for the Auburn Tigers, McGee’s coaching career got started on the defensive side of the ball.
McGee spent a decade coaching high school football in Georgia, turning Carver-Columbus into one of the best programs in the state until he left in 2012. McGee returned to Auburn as an analyst in 2013 before being hired by Georgia Southern as their running backs coach in 2014 under Willie Fritz.
After guiding Matt Breida to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, McGee joined the Georgia staff as a running backs coach in 2016, where he has coached six NFL Draft picks in Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, D’Andre Swift, Zamir White, James Cook, and Kenny McIntosh.
Wide Receivers Coach: Bryan McClendon
The son of former Bulldogs running back Willie McClendon, Bryan McClendon started as a graduate assistant with the Bulldogs in 2007 before being promoted to running backs coach in 2009. McClendon worked at Georgia as a running backs coach until 2014 before becoming the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator in 2015.
He coached wide receivers at South Carolina in 2016 and 2017 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2018 and 2019. McClendon joined the Oregon staff as a wide receivers coach in 2020 and served as their interim head coach when Mario Cristobal left for Miami (FL) in 2021.
McClendon was hired back at Georgia in his current role in 2022.
Offensive Line Coach: Stacy Searels
A former All-American who blocked for Bo Jackson at Auburn, Stacy Searels is a long-established offensive line coach.
Searels coached the offensive line at Appalachian State from 1994 to 2000 before spending 2001 and 2002 in the same role at Cincinnati. Searels joined Nick Saban’s staff at LSU from in 2003, where he stayed as an offensive line coach until 2006.
He would then join Georgia’s staff from 2007 to 2010, coaching talents like Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones before joining Mack Brown’s staff at Texas in the same role. Searels spent time at Virginia Tech and North Carolina before rejoining the Georgia staff in 2022.
Defensive Line Coach: Tray Scott
Tray Scott was named as Georgia’s defensive line coach in 2017. Scott started coaching at his alma mater, Arkansas Tech, from 2008 to 2010 before spending time at Arkansas State, Ole Miss, and UT-Martin as an assistant coach from 2011 to 2014.
Scott joined the North Carolina staff in 2015 as their defensive line coach, where he helped Nazair Jones become an All-ACC selection. Scott stayed at North Carolina for another season before joining the UGA staff.
He has produced several elite defensive linemen at Georgia like Jalen Carter and Jordan Davis and has been instrumental in Georgia’s defensive dominance under Kirby Smart.
Outside Linebackers Coach: Chidera Uzo-Diribe
A former standout linebacker for the Colorado Buffaloes, Chidera Uzo-Diribe signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2015 before transitioning into coaching as a graduate assistant for Colorado from 2016 to 2018.
After spending time with the San Francisco 49ers as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship in 2018, Uzo-Diribe was hired by Les Miles at Kansas in 2019 as the Jayhawks’ outside linebackers coach.
Uzo-Diribe was hired as SMU’s defensive line coach in 2021 and briefly followed Sonny Dykes to TCU for the 2022 season before being hired by the Georgia Bulldogs as their outside linebackers coach.
Defensive Backs Coach: Fran Brown
Fran Brown was a First-Team All-SoCon cornerback for the Western Carolina Catamounts from 2003 to 2006 and played with the Cincinnati Bengals until 2008 before his coaching career began.
Brown joined the staff at Temple University in 2011 as their Director of Football Operations before becoming a graduate assistant in 2012 and was named their defensive backs coach in 2013. Brown was promoted to assistant head coach/defensive backs by Matt Rhule in 2016 before he followed Rhule to Baylor in 2017.
After spending two years as Baylor’s defensive backs coach, Brown returned to Temple in the same role for the 2019 season. Brown mentored cornerback Harrison Hand into a fifth-round selection that season.
He would then join Greg Schiano’s staff from 2020 to 2021 and was hired to coach Georgia’s defensive backs in 2022.