Georgia Tech hires defensive assistant

A Georgia Tech cheerleader carries a GT flag on the field after Georgia Tech scored a touchdown against Clemson at Georgia Tech on Saturday, Oct 29, 2011. Johnny Crawford/AJC file photo

Credit: Johnny Crawford

Credit: Johnny Crawford

Georgia Tech added another defensive assistant coach to its staff, Shiel Wood, formerly the defensive coordinator at Wofford.

Wood served as new defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s safeties coach when he was defensive coordinator at Wofford. Wood will coach Tech’s safeties. Andy McCollum, who has been the safeties coach for the past two seasons, will coach inside linebackers.

Wood, 35, has coached at Wofford for eight seasons, starting as a wide receivers coach, then safeties before being elevated to defensive coordinator this past season. With Wood as defensive coordinator, Wofford ranked second in the Southern Conference in total defense as the Terriers advanced to the FCS quarterfinals.

“I’m really excited about adding Shiel to our staff,” coach Paul Johnson said in a statement. “He comes from a great coaching pedigree at Wofford, where he enjoyed success under our new defensive coordinator, Nate Woody, and as a defensive coordinator himself this past season. I think his experience with coach Woody and as a defensive play-caller will be a great asset as we install our new defense here at Georgia Tech.”

Tech has one remaining spot to fill, the vacancy created by defensive line coach Mike Pelton’s departure. Woody could conceivably coach defensive line, but coached outside linebackers at Appalachian State.

"Coaching at Georgia Tech under head coach Paul Johnson is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to working with our defense under the leadership of Nate Woody,” Wood said in a statement. “Our family is excited to join the Georgia Tech community."

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