ATHENS - Brian Schottenheimer isn't the only new face in the Georgia football program, and Mike Bobo and Will Friend weren't the only ones that left. There is a lot of shakeup behind the scenes, and "a lot of empty offices" that are yet to be filled, as one staffer put it.
Here are a list of the changes, confirmed either by the school, head coach Mark Richt or a source close to the program:
- Dave Van Halanger, who had been with the program for the entirety of Richt's tenure, has departed. Van Halanger served as the team's strength and conditioning coordinator until 2010, and since then had been director of student welfare. As part of that he had been one of the facilitators of the Paul Oliver Network, which seeks to aid former Georgia players.
"Basically we’re just doing some re-structuring in our staff," Richt said. "The position that Dave was in, we’re not replacing that position. We’re going in a little different direction in how we’re going to use our staff and our personnel. But Dave has been a great blessing in my life. He’s done a great job at Georgia and I know h’es excited about his future."
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- Doug Hartley, a former UGA graduate assistant, is re-joining the program as the director of player personnel. He replaces Ronnie Letson, who spent one year in the role before joining Mike Bobo's Colorado State staff as quarterbacks coach.
- Joe Tereshinski, who was the strength and conditioning coordinator the past four years, is staying with the program in another role.
- Sherman Armstrong, the team's speed coach the past three season, is also no longer with the program.
New strength and conditioning coach Mark Hoeke has been on the job since bowl practice. Richt said Friday that he was close to setting the new strength staff.
"We are, the dust is about to settle. It’s getting close," Richt said.