Auburn added a coach with a plethora of experience at the collegiate and professional level to help improve its defense.
Auburn hired former New Orleans Saints secondary coach Wesley McGriff as the team’s secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator. The school announced the news in a press release.
“I’m really excited to be working with Coach Malzahn and his staff at Auburn,” McGriff said in the release. “I’ve always had a high regard for Auburn and the football program and I’m looking forward to helping them win championships.”
McGriff spent three seasons coaching the defensive backs in New Orleans after working for two seasons in the SEC. McGriff served as the co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Ole Miss in 2012 after spending a season overseeing Vanderbilt’s secondary. McGriff’s first major coaching gig came at Kentucky from 2001-02 before taking jobs at Baylor and Miami (Fla.).
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he was excited to be adding a coach with as much of a pedigree as McGriff.
“I’m very pleased to add Wesley to our staff at Auburn,” Malzahn said in the release. “He has a tremendous amount of experience and success in developing players at the college and NFL levels. Wesley’s a true professional and a man of character that will be a great coach and mentor for our players.”
McGriff will join newly hired defensive coordinator Kevin Steele in trying to revamp Auburn’s defense. The Tigers finished the 2015 season ranked 63rd in the country in passing defense with an average of 222.6 passing yards allowed per game.