ATLANTA — Georgia Tech has fired defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.
In a news release from Tech, head coach Paul Johnson was quoted as saying: “Dave is a good man and a good football coach. But after speaking to him earlier this week, we both agreed that it was time for a change at that position.”
The Yellow Jackets’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons, Wommack led a group that compiled a 20-7 record and won an ACC championship.
But it was also the same group that allowed an average 360.3 yards per game this past season, and gave up nearly a combined 600 yards rushing to rivals Georgia and Clemson at the end of the season.
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The news comes after what was one of the Yellow Jackets’ best games of the year defensively, as they forced an early fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half of a 24-14 loss to Iowa in Tuesday’s Orange Bowl.
No word has come out about potential replacements, but defensive-minded former Virginia head coach Al Groh has already been suggested as Georgia Tech’s potential next hire.
Groh was spotted in plain clothes at a Yellow Jackets practice in Atlanta in December, as the team prepared for the Orange Bowl.
Having coached for 30 years, Wommack previously worked at Southern Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas, UNLV, Southwest Missouri State, Bemidji State and Missouri. A three-year letterwinner at Missouri Southern, Wommack was a center before graduating in 1978.
Wommack is now the second coach to leave the program. Just after the Yellow Jackets’ ACC championship win in early December, A-backs coach Jeff Monken resigned to take over as new head coach at Georgia Southern, following the firing of Macon native Chris Hatcher.