Jan. 8, 2010
“Dave is a good man and a good football coach,” Johnson said. “But after speaking to him earlier this week, we both agreed that it was time for a change at that position.”
The search for a new defensive coordinator will begin immediately, Johnson said.
Georgia Tech ranked 54th nationally in total defense in 2009, breaking a streak of five consecutive years finishing ranked in the top 30 in that category. The Yellow Jackets ranked 56th in scoring defense, 68th in rushing defense and 88th in pass efficiency defense.
Tech held three ACC opponents – North Carolina, Virginia and Duke – to 10 points or less, but the Yellow Jackets allowed 30 or more points six times in 2009. Tech allowed 66 plays of 20 yards or longer and 22 touchdown drives of three minutes or less.
Junior defensive end Derrick Morgan was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-American. In 2008, five Yellow Jacket defenders earned All-ACC honors.
Wommack recently completed his second season at Georgia Tech, joining Johnson’s staff in December, 2007. A 30-year veteran college coach, Wommack has previously worked at Southern Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas, UNLV, Southwest Missouri State, Bemidji State and Missouri.
Wommack, 53, was a three-year letterwinner at Missouri Southern, where he played center. He graduated from Missouri Southern in 1978 and earned a master’s degree from Arkansas in 1979.
Wommack’s departure leaves two vacancies on the Georgia Tech staff. A-backs coach Jeff Monken resigned earlier to become the new head coach at Georgia Southern.