Rivals’ Kelly Quinlan is reporting that Georgia Tech has hired former Duke defensive coordinator Tyler Santucci to be its new defensive coordinator replacing Andrew Thacker and Kevin Sherrer, who both served in the role this past season.
#GaTech should have a deal done over the weekend with former Duke DC Tyler Santucci as DC/ILB coach. He will take over as the defensive playcaller and join new hires Jess Simpson (DL) and Kyle Pope (OLB). That leaves a DB spot for the 2024 coaching staffhttps://t.co/lRHaPoESS3 pic.twitter.com/k3G83JEbeE— Kelly Quinlan (@Kelly_Quinlan) January 12, 2024
With Kyle Pope handling outside linebackers, Santucci will also coach the inside linebackers.
Santucci most recently served as the defensive coordinator for Mike Elko at Duke, but he was not retained by Elko when he left for Texas A&M. Instead, Elko opted to hire Jay Bateman.
I will have an article tomorrow that digs more into the numbers on Santucci’s defense, but I will say—at least at the surface—I really like this hire. It’s certainly possible that Elko was the mastermind for Duke’s defensive improvement, but I also don’t think Elko would have brought Santucci with him if he didn’t trust him to run the defense right. Like I said, I’ll have more on the numbers tomorrow, but I wanted to get a quick post up tonight.
How do you feel about Tech’s new DC?