On Monday, it was announced that Georgia would be hiring Todd Hartley as its new tight ends coach. On Thursday, the University of Georgia released his contract information.
Hartley, who was the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Miami this past season, will make $300,000 in his first year of the deal. His contract which runs through June of 2021, will pay him $400,000 in his second year on the staff.
Upon Hartley’s hiring, Kirby Smart released a statement on Georgia’s new tight ends coach.
“We expect Todd to be a great fit back at Georgia,” Smart said. “He worked with the team while he was in school at UGA until he graduated and then returned to our program for another year later in his career in a separate role so there is no doubting his allegiance and excitement about returning to join the Bulldogs. Todd has proven himself as an excellent position coach and as a top-notch recruiter and we look forward to his return to Athens.”
In the early days of his tenure, Hartley has already hit the recruiting trail. In addition to doing work in north Florida, he also visited 2019 tight end target Brett Seither.
— Brett Seither (@_Brett18) January 15, 2019
Man you already know the #904 bout to be painted red and black 🔴⚫️ #DawgCountry🐾🐾
— Todd Hartley (@coach_thartley) January 17, 2019
Hartley is regarded as a very good recruiter, as he was the primary recruiter for Brevin Jordan at Miami, who was the nation’s No. 1 tight end in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
Hartley will be the third different tight ends coach for Georgia in the last three seasons. Last year Jim Chaney led the tight end room, but he is now the offensive coordinator at Tennessee. The year before, Shane Beamer was in charge, but he is now at Oklahoma.
As of right now, Georgia only has three tight ends on scholarship in senior Charlie Woerener, redshirt freshman John Fitzpatrick and freshman Ryland Goede, who was an early enrollee in the 2019 recruiting class. Goede is coming off an ACL injury he suffered during his senior year.
Hartley, who is also a Georgia graduate and worked on Georgia’s staff in an off-field role under Mark Richt, was very excited about joining the Georgia staff when he released a statement on Monday.
“I’m very thankful to Coach Smart for giving me and my family the opportunity to come back home,” said Hartley, who was recently named to the “35 under 35” list by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2019 Coaches Leadership Institute. “I’m honored to be the tight ends coach at my alma mater, a program which has become one that competes for national championships annually.”
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