ATHENS — Most of the men who ran Georgia’s strength and conditioning program last year are following Mark Richt to Miami.
Gus Felder, John Thomas and Kelin Johnson are set to join Richt’s strength and conditioning staff at Miami, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.
One person said Felder is likely to head up Richt’s S&C program, but that could not be immediately confirmed.
Felder is a former Penn State player who has been on Georgia’s staff since 2014. He ran the S&C programs at two smaller schools, Clark Atlanta and Cheyney, prior to coming to Georgia.
Thomas was Georgia’s associate strength and conditioning coach since 2012, essentially the No. 2 man on the staff, after serving as Joe Paterno’s head S&C coordinator for two decades.
Johnson is a former defensive back for Richt at Georgia. He re-joined the program as a graduate assistant a few years ago, then joined the strength program last year.
New Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is bringing in a new coordinator, Scott Sinclair, who had been at Marshall, as well as Ed Ellis, who was running UCF’s program. A team can have five members of its strength staff, so the three departures to Miami will leave Smart three more spots to fill.
The status of Mark Hocke, who had been Georgia’s S&C coordinator, remains unknown, other than he is not expected to be retained by Smart.
Richt has already hired at least two other coaches for his staff at Miami: running backs coach Thomas Brown for the same job as well as co-offensive coordinator, and now-former recruiting coordinator Todd Hartley, who will coach Miami’s special teams.
Staff writer Seth Emerson contributed to this report.