NFLer to coach at UGA

NFLer to coach at UGA

February 19th, 2011 by David Paschall in Sports

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).