published Saturday, February 19th, 2011

NFLer to coach at UGA

Georgia confirmed Friday the hiring of Kirk Olivadotti as its new inside linebackers coach.

Olivadotti has spent the past 11 years in various roles with the Washington Redskins. He replaces Warren Belin, who left earlier this month to become linebackers coach of the Carolina Panthers.

"In hiring an assistant, we look for someone who first is at the top level in football knowledge and competency," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. "Then we want someone who is a teacher of the game, be an example for young men and serve as a mentor for our student-athletes. We found all those qualities in Kirk."

The Redskins finished among the top 10 teams in total defense eight times in Olivadotti's 11 seasons. He spent the past season as a defensive assistant after working the previous three years as linebackers coach.

"It's exciting to have this opportunity to work with Coach Richt, his coaching staff and players," Olivadotti said. "I want to thank him for his confidence in what I can hopefully bring to the program."

In 2008, the Redskins were fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game (288.8) and sixth in points allowed (18.5).

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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