Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is headed back to the college ranks, having accepted the same position with Auburn University.
VanGorder spent four seasons with the Falcons, who lost in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Giants on Sunday.
The Falcons' defense improved each season under VanGorder: ranked 24th in 2008, then 21st in 2009, 16th in 2010 and 12th this past season.
VanGorder is not new to the Southeastern Conference, as he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgia from 2001-04. Georgia won one SEC title, two SEC East Division championships and captured three Bowl games during VanGorder's time there.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family at this point in my career, both professionally and personally, to become the defensive coordinator at Auburn," VanGorder said. "I'm looking forward to working at a school with the success and tradition of Auburn, and for a coach like Gene Chizik, who has led the program to a national championship. I'm very appreciative to the Atlanta Falcons and Coach Mike Smith for the experience of the last four years. It's a great organization and will have continued success in the future."
The 52-year-old VanGorder also had coaching stints at Western Illinois (2000), Central Michigan (1998-99), Central Florida (1995-1997), Wayne State (1992-1994) and Grand Valley State (1989-91).
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