UGA announces Wilson as Garner's replacement

semerson@macon.comJanuary 9, 2013 

ATHENS - Chris Wilson, formerly the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, has officially been hired as the new defensive line coach for the Georgia football team.

Wilson's imminent hiring was widely reported over the weekend, but the school had to wait for the coaching opening to be posted a certain amount of time. His replacement at Mississippi State was announced earlier on Wednesday: David Turner, who was also a finalist for the job Wilson got at Georgia.

Wilson's title is defensive line coach. Rodney Garner, who left for Auburn on Dec. 20, carried the title of assistant head coach in addition to defensive line coach.

"Chris is a tremendous teacher, outstanding recruiter, mentor and brings a wealth of knowledge in coaching the defensive line to our program," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "He has an extensive background not only as a position coach but also as a coordinator and is a very solid fit with what we do on defense. Just as important, Chris is a great role model as a father and husband. He and his wife, Tina, are awesome people and along with their children, Colby and Caleb, will be outstanding additions to our football family."

"Our family is excited to have the opportunity of coaching at one of the top institutions in college football," Wilson said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to being part of the Georgia program and putting all our energy and effort into winning games and championships which I know is the goal of all those in the Georgia football family."

Wilson's resume':

2011-12: Mississippi State (Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
2010: Mississippi State (Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
2007-09: Oklahoma (Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ends)
2005-06: Oklahoma (Defensive Ends)
2000-04: Colorado (Defensive Line)
2000 (Spr.): Army (Defensive Line)
1998-99: Illinois State (Defensive Line)
1997: Indiana State (Linebackers / Recruiting Coordinator)
1996: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
1995: Northern Illinois (Linebackers)
1994: Indiana State (Linebackers)
1993: Indiana State (Graduate Assistant)

Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1969
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Education: 1992 ­ Bachelor¹s degree from Oklahoma
Wife: Tina
Children: Caleb and Colby

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