Auburn officially hires new DT coach, finalizes defensive coaching staff
Auburn’s defensive coaching staff for the 2024 season is complete.
Hugh Freeze promoted Vontrell King-Williams into the role of defensive tackles coach on Friday. King-Williams was a defensive analyst for Auburn in 2023 and previously worked for Freeze at Liberty.
“I’m super grateful for the opportunity given to me by Coach Freeze and Coach Durkin,” King-Williams said in a press release. “I believe in what we are building here at Auburn and can’t wait to continue to positively impact the lives of our student-athletes. War Eagle!”
As part of the announcement, Auburn also finalized specific roles for each of its defensive assistant coaches. Here’s what Auburn’s staff will look like in 2024:
- DJ Durkin: Defensive coordinator and linebackers
- Charles Kelly: Co-defensive coordinator and safeties
- Wesley McGriff: Cornerbacks
- Josh Aldridge: Edge rushers
- Vontrell King-Williams: Defensive tackles
Here is the official announcement:
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) February 9, 2024
King-Williams has also spent time at Eastern Michigan and UTSA during his young coaching career. He spent 3 seasons on Freeze’s staff at Liberty from 2020-22.
“Vontrell is an incredibly hard worker, passionate about his craft, and earned the respect of his players during his time with me at Auburn and Liberty,” Freeze said in a statement. “He has a tremendous upside and reminds me of the likes of Jeremy Garrett, Tray Scott and Freddie Roach, who have all worked for me early in their careers.”
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