AUBURN, Ala. — Former Auburn graduate assistant Blake Gideon has landed his first major job.
Gideon will coach the secondary for Western Carolina, an FCS program, this upcoming season, it was announced Tuesday. Gideon was the seventh member of Auburn’s staff or support staff to leave the program in the offseason. He initially followed former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to South Carolina after taking over full-time responsibilities coaching the secondary in Auburn’s 31-10 victory against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl.
Gideon previously coached for Muschamp at Florida in 2014 before arriving at Auburn in 2015. He was set to be a graduate assistant again for Muschamp at South Carolina before the full-time coaching opportunity at Western Carolina popped up this week.
Several former graduate assistants and analysts on Auburn’s support staff under Gus Malzahn have gone on to become full-time coaches, including Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, Georgia assistant Dell McGee, Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns and Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams.
— Tim Horton (@CoachTimHorton) April 6, 2016