Bulldogs > Schottenheimer Hired as New OC

| January 7, 2015

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ATHENS – Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt announced Wednesday that veteran NFL coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer has been named Georgia’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Schottenheimer has been offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams the last three seasons after holding the same position with the New York Jets from 2006-2011. He has also acted as quarterbacks coach with the San Diego Chargers (2002-05) and Washington Redskins (2001).

Earlier in his career, he held collegiate assistant coaching positions with Southern California (2000, tight ends) and Syracuse (1999, receivers).  He has also worked with the Kansas City Chiefs (1998) and the earlier with the Rams (1997) under head coach Dick Vermeil. He also coached for his father, head coach Marty Schottenheimer, with the Redskins and Chiefs.

“I’m excited to have Brian join our coaching staff,” Richt said. “His NFL experience will be a perfect fit for how we like to play offensive football here at Georgia. He’ll be excellent in developing our players in both the running and passing games which will benefit them while they are at Georgia and for their future.”

Schottenheimer stated, “This is a great opportunity to become a Georgia Bulldog for both my career and my family. I’m thrilled to be part of an elite program with such national tradition and a great staff already in place. I look forward to working with young men and being a positive and significant influence on their lives as we develop them athletically, academically and socially.”

Schottenheimer was one of at least three candidates contacted about the job, which came available on Dec. 23 when Mike Bobo accepted the head coaching position at Colorado State. Former Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and Georgia tight ends coach John Lilly, who served as interim coordinator in Bobo’s absence, also spoke to Richt about the position.

A native of Denver, Scholttenheimer is a former Florida Gators quarterback who served as a backup to Danny Wuerffel from 1994-96. He began his college career at Kansas before transferring to and graduating from Florida in 1997 with a degree in exercise and sports science.

During his NFL career, Schottenheimer coached quarterbacks Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers in San Diego, Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez with the Jets, and Sam Bradford with the Rams.

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