October 15, 2016 Atlanta - Georgia Southern quarterback Favian Upshaw (13) gets tackled by Georgia Tech defensive end Rod Rook-Chungong (41) in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 15, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: Ken Sugiura/Georgia Tech Sports blog
Photo: Ken Sugiura/Georgia Tech Sports blog

Georgia Tech adds Rod Rook-Chungong to staff

Georgia Tech has hired another former Yellow Jackets player to its staff, former defensive lineman Rod Rook-Chungong. He began work recently as a staff assistant. Rook-Chungong, who started 27 games and graduated at the end of the 2016 season, will assist the defensive coaching staff with game-plan coordination and scouting.

After graduation, Rook-Chungong took a sales job with Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods), but later chose to pursue a career in football. He adds to Tech’s personnel that supports the coaching staff and team in areas such as recruiting and scouting. It has been a priority of coach Paul Johnson, as Tech tries to catch up with the increase of staff across the ACC and other power conferences.

Why Rod Rook-Chungong made an unconventional career decision

Rook-Chungong is one of five former Jackets players on the staff whom Johnson has hired. The other four are Thomas Balkcom (associate director of player personnel), Kevin Cone (assistant director of football operations), Errin Joe (graduate assistant) and Tevin Washington (associate director of player personnel). All but Balkcom played for Johnson.

Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Nate Woody was born Dec. 30, 1960 in Burlington, N.C., and graduated from T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, S.C. T.L. Hanna was the setting for the motion picture "Radio" that starred Cuba Gooding Jr. Nate Woody played at Wofford and later was defensive coordinator there (2000-12) and at Appalachian State (2013-17). App State defenses ranked in the top 30 in the FBS in each of Woody's final four seasons as coordinator. Woody played two seasons at defensive back and two at lin

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