Louisville Football: Brian VanGorder Named Defensive Coordinator

The Louisville football program has found its next defensive coordinator.

On Monday, the Cardinals have announced that seasoned veteran Brian VanGorder, a former Broyles Award winner as the nation’s top assistant, will be filling the vacant role.

“I’ve known Brian for a long time and have an extremely high level of respect for everything he’s accomplished throughout his coaching career,” Petrino said in a release. “With over 30 years of coaching experience, Brian has coordinated defenses in the National Football League and at the highest level in college football. He’s an outstanding teacher, a great communicator, and has displayed the ability to develop players at every level.

“Brian is former winner of the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country and has achieved success at every level, both professionally and collegiately, which is a testament to his ability as a football coach.”

VanGorder has been a college coach dating back to the 1980s. He has served as defensive coordinator at Georgia, Auburn, Notre Dame and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.¬†While coaching the Falcons, VanGorder served under current Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino.

Most recently, the 58-year-old coach served as a defensive assistant for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.