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Report: Stanford LB coach David Kotulski to become Vanderbilt DC

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New Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason has decided to hire Cardinal linebackers coach David Kotulski as the Commodores’ new defensive coordinator, according to a report on Sunday from

Kotulski coached linebackers the last two years at Stanford, tutoring such talents as Shayne Skov and A.J. Tarpley, but he spent the previous six seasons as the defensive coordinator at Lehigh. He also had defensive coordinator stints at Holy Cross, Utah State, Bucknell and St. Mary’s. It was at Bucknell that he and Mason first worked together.

It looks like Mason and Kotulski’s first task will be to convert Vandy over from a 4-3 defensive alignment to a 3-4 alignment like they ran at Stanford. To that end, Mason continued to plunder the Stanford coaching staff, bringing in assistant┬áVavae Tata to coach the Commodore defensive line.

The question for Mason now is who will run the offense? Will he look to duplicate the Stanford scheme or will he hire a spread guy? Our guess is that he’ll run a multiple-look offense until he gets the right personnel in place to give the Cardinal’s grind-it-out approach a try (good luck with that in the SEC!).

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1 Response to “Report: Stanford LB coach David Kotulski to become Vanderbilt DC”
  1. daltongang1 says: Jan 19, 2014 3:40 PM

    Don’t like this hire at all… I think these guys are going to change things too much and Vandy will go back to being the doormat that they were…

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