A day after reports first surfaced that Georgia had settled on a replacement for offensive line coach Stacy Searles, the school has confirmed the news.
In a press release, UGA announced that Will Friend has indeed been hired as Mark Richt‘s new line coach. Friend served in the same position the past four years at UAB.
“Will has played and coached under some outstanding, nationally-recognized offensive coaches,” said Richt in a statement. “He comes with a formidable resume of offensive football knowledge and experience. I got to see first hand his work ethic when he was a graduate assistant on our staff and since that time he¹s developed into a seasoned, top notch offensive line coach.”
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be the offensive line coach at Georgia,” said Friend. ”To have the chance to work with one of the top football programs in the country and with Coach Richt and the staff there is a tremendous opportunity for me. When I worked with Coach Richt and the staff as a grad assistant, I had a great experience and I always wondered if I might have the opportunity to come back to Athens. I am looking forward to getting to work.”
The move to Athens also represents a homecoming of sorts for the coach; Friend spent two seasons (2003-04) as one of Richt’s grad assistants.