One of the staffers who helped Georgia’s defense ascend to one of the most fearsome units in the country this season is moving on to take a higher position in the Mid-American Conference.
Will Windham, who had served as the defensive quality control assistant for the Bulldogs since January 2016, announced that he’s leaving to become the inside linebackers coach at Kent State.
Windham wrote a heartfelt message on social media to thank head coach Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, while reflecting on his short time in Athens.
— Will Windham (@CoachWindham) January 25, 2018
“I want to thank Coach Smart and Coach Tucker for the opportunity at UGA. Learning under the coaches there will forever impact my career moving forward as a coach and a man. I’ll take the lessons learned in Athens with me for the rest of my life.
“I’m officially on to the next chapter as the Inside Linebackers coach at Kent State. I am pumped to join the FlashFAST movement and hit the ground running.”
Georgia has reportedly already found a replacement by adding Brian Michalowski, a defensive grad assistant from Memphis.
This season, Georgia ranked sixth nationally in both total defense (294.9 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (16.4 points allowed per game).
Windham, a Mississippi State alum, was the defensive line coach for one year at Davidson College (N.C.) prior to joining Georgia. The Wildcats improved in six defensive categories during his time there.