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Georgia Tech Football: Former Wofford DC Shiel Wood Hired as New Safeties Coach

With this hire, Georgia Tech has one staff opening left.

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Georgia Tech has reportedly added a new coach to its defensive coaching staff in former Wofford Defensive Coordinator Shiel Wood.

Wood coached at Wofford in two separate stints. The first stint was from 2007-2012, and the second stint was 2016-2017. During that first stint, Wood coached on both offense and defense and coached safeties under new Tech defensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012.

In his second stint, Wood was named safeties coach and recruiting coordinator before adding the defensive coordinator title in 2017.

If you’re interested in some of the history behind Wood as a coach at Wofford, you can view his profile here.

As for the things I found relevant from his bio, I’ve included those below.

As a recruiter, Wood will concentrate on central Georgia from South Carolina to Alabama. Areas include Elbert county down to Augusta (Richmond Co), Gwinnett county in metro Atlanta, Fayetteville, Columbus, Macon, and McDonough.

Last season, his first as defensive coordinator, the total defense was second in the Southern Conference and 26th in the nation. The rushing defense was first in the league and allowed less than 100 rushing yards in six games. The team posted a 10-3 overall record and won the Southern Conference Championship with a 7-1 mark. Safety Mason Alstatt was second on the team with 76 tackles and an interception, while safety Malik Rivera was third with 74 tackles and an interception on a two-point conversion.

In 2016, the Wofford defense was fifth in the nation in total defense and 22nd in passing defense. Safety Jaleel Green was named All-Southern Conference first team by the media and second team by the coaches, while cornerback George Gbesee earned Southern Conference All-Freshman Team honors. Green led the team with five interceptions, which ranked second in the league. Cornerback Devin Watson added three interceptions, all of which were in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

He worked with the wide receivers for the first four seasons on the staff, a position he starred at for the Terriers from 2001-05. He moved to the safeties for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In his first season with the safeties, the total defense was second in the Southern Conference and the pass defense was sixth. James Zotto was third on the team in tackles with 70. In 2012, the total defense and scoring defense both ranked first in the league.

Overall, I think this is a really solid hire. There will be some shifting of the coaches now, since Andy McCollum had previously been over the safeties. He will likely be coaching one of the linebacker groups.

With this hire, Georgia Tech has one open spot still left, and that would be the one vacated by former Defensive Line Coach Mike Pelton.

Update 1/12, 4:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech has officially announced the hire, and Wood will also serve as a Special Teams assistant.