U of L Officially Hires Todd Grantham As Defensive Coordinator

Posted on Jan 16 2014 - 11:28pm by Brian Meister

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U of L football coach Bobby Petrino has officially announced the hiring of Todd Grantham as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Grantham joins the Cards after spending the last four seasons with the Georgia Bulldogs. Under Grantham, the Bulldogs made it to four-consecutive bowl games and went 36-18-1 overall. Here is the release from U of L.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the country, Todd Grantham was tabbed by University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino to become the school’s defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Thursday.

Todd comes to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, including two seasons as the associate head coach. During his time with Georgia, the Bulldogs advanced to four-consecutive bowl games and compiled a 36-18-1 record with Grantham at the helm of the defense.

“To get a coach like Todd Grantham on our staff says a lot about our program,” Petrino said. “I’ve had the opportunity to compete against Todd’s defenses over the years and have been very impressed with his scheme and how hard his players compete. Todd will be a great addition to lead our defense.”

Under Todd Grantham’s leadership, the Georgia defense put up solid numbers. Last season, with a young and injury depleted unit, the Bulldogs ended the year 8-5 and finished eighth in the country in tackles for loss and 28th in sacks.

In addition to the DC hire – Tony Grantham -Todd’s brother, has also been hired by U of L as the inside linebackers coach after spending the last six seasons at Navy. Tony will also serve as the special teams coordinator.

Todd’s brother, Tony, was named the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville also on Thursday after spending the last six seasons at the Naval Academy.

 Tony Grantham, in addition to serving the past six seasons as Navy’s outside linebackers coach, has been with the Naval Academy for 10 years overall.

He was influential in guiding Navy to a 9-4 record last season and a win over Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The 2013 Navy team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games, beat Army, and win a bowl game. The Navy defense held eight of its 13 opponents below their scoring average for the season.

“Tony is a great young coach,” said head coach Bobby Petrino. “I like what he did at Navy and am excited for him to bring his knowledge and enthusiasm to Louisville. Tony is a great addition to our defensive staff.”

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