As we roll through Defensive Backs Week, get to know the SEC West’s position coaches.

Florida — Kirk Callahan

One of Jim McElwain’s early hires, Callahan was brought on to replace Travaris Robinson. He coached the last three seasons at Central Florida, coaching defensive backs for the Knights. Before that, he was an intern and graduate assistant at Florida. He also served as a student assistant at UCF (2007) and North Carolina (2008-09). Callahan also played for UCF as a defensive back in the early 2000s.

Georgia — Jeremy Pruitt

Pruitt was brought on last season as defensive coordinator as well as to work with the secondary. Pruitt was the defensive coordinator for the national champion Florida State Seminoles in 2013, his second year with FSU. Before that, he’d worked in the SEC at Alabama, coaching the secondary from 2010-12. He joined the Alabama staff in 2007 and worked on the administration side of things for several years. Pruitt played at Alabama in 1995-96 as a defensive back after transferring from Middle Tennessee.

Kentucky — Derrick Ansley

Moving quickly up the coaching ladder, Ansley has been with the Wildcats since Mark Stoops arrived in 2013. He got his career started at Huntington College in Alabama as defensive backs coach, and after five years there he scored a graduate assistant position at Alabama, where he was on staff in 2010-11. He followed that up with defensive backs coaching positions at UCF (2011) and Tennessee (2012) before joining the Wildcats staff. Ansley was an All-Sun Belt performer at Troy in the early 2000s at defensive back.

Missouri — Ryan Walters (safeties) and Cornell Ford (cornerbacks)

Mizzou splits up its defensive backfield responsibilities. Walters is a young coach, having just wrapped up his playing career as a safety at Colorado in 2008. He took a job as a student assistant at his alma mater, then moved to Arizona as a GA before being promoted to defensive backs coach in 2011. He moved on to Oklahoma, where he held down the same position for two years before moving to Memphis with current Mizzou DC Barry Odom last year. Ford has been on Gary Pinkel’s staff for 20 years, coming over with the coach from Toledo in 2001. He’s been the Tigers cornerbacks coach since 2004, coaching safeties for three years before that. Ford has worked on the offensive side as well, coaching receivers at Toledo for five years.

South Carolina — Jon Hoke

While he doesn’t have the official title, Hoke was hired as co-defensive coordinator in charge of pass defense, so the job of coaching the secondary falls to him by default. Hoke spent the last 13 years coaching defensive backs in the NFL with the Houston Texans (2002-08) and the Chicago Bears (2009-2014). He was also Steve Spurrier’s last defensive coordinator at Florida, serving in that role from 1991-2001. Hoke got his coaching start in 1982 and spent time at six colleges in a defensive backs role up until he earned the Florida DC position.

Tennessee — Willie Martinez

Martinez is in the midst of a 30-year career, having come to Tennessee along with Butch Jones in 2013. The South Florida native got his career started at his alma mater, Miami (Fla.), where he won a national championship in 1983 as a defensive back. Since then, he’s worked his way up the coaching ranks. He got his biggest job when Mark Richt hired him as defensive backs coach at Georgia in 2001, then moved up to DC and secondary coach from 2005-09. He followed that up with stints at Oklahoma (2010-11) and Auburn (2012) as secondary coach at both stops.

Vanderbilt — Marc Mattioli (safeties) and Brett Maxie (cornerbacks)

Derek Mason has two coaches on staff for the secondary. Mattioli is a new hire, coming over from Mason’s last stop at Stanford. He was a defensive quality control assistant in the secondary in 2014 after two years as a graduate assistant under Mason. Maxie joined the staff last year, coming to Vanderbilt after 17 years coaching defensive backs in the NFL. He played 13 years in the NFL after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent, playing 153 games as a safety for four teams.