AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) – Auburn University has a new head coach and now a new defensive coordinator.
University officials have confirmed Tiger Head Coach Gus Malzahn has hired former Southern Miss Head Coach Ellis Johnson to lead the defense.
“Ellis is one of the top defensive minds in all of college football. He is very experienced and has tremendous success coaching in the Southeastern Conference,” Malzahn said. “He is a man of integrity who will be a great ambassador for Auburn. We’re very pleased to have him join our staff and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program.”
Johnson has an extensive coaching background in the SEC with stops at Alabama, Mississippi State.
His most recent SEC stop was defensive coordinator at the University of South Carolina under Steve Spurrier.
“I’m very fortunate for the opportunity to coach at Auburn and return to the Southeastern Conference, where there is so much tradition and history,” Johnson said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gus Malzahn, both as a man and a coach, and I really look forward to working for him. Auburn has a wonderful family environment and is a great community, which is a blessing for me and my family. This is truly a home run for me. I can’t wait to get started and I’m ready to go to work.”
Johnson was fired as Southern Miss head coach earlier this year after the Golden Eagles went winless on the season following a 12-2 season in 2011.