South Alabama head coach Kane Wommack is expected to be hired as Alabama's next defensive coordinator.
Wommack and newly-appointed Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer have a history of working together, having collaborated at Indiana in 2019. During that time, Wommack held the roles of defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Hoosiers, while DeBoer served as the offensive coordinator. Wommack is stepping into the position previously held by Kevin Steele, who retired earlier this month.
Over the last three seasons, serving as the head coach for South Alabama, Wommack led the Jaguars to a 22-16 record, securing bowl game appearances in the last two years. Last season, South Alabama finished with a 7-6 record, claiming victory against Eastern Michigan in the 68 Ventures Bowl. Wommack's standout season with the Jaguars occurred in 2022 when he led them to an impressive 10-3 record and won the Sun Belt West Division title.
In the previous season, South Alabama achieved a notable No. 15 ranking in total defense by limiting opponents to an average of 313.2 yards per game. Additionally, they were tied for the 27th spot nationally in scoring defense, conceding an average of 21 points per game.
Last year, South Alabama achieved a No. 15 ranking in total defense by limiting opponents to an average of 313.2 yards per game. Additionally, they were tied for the 27th spot nationally in scoring defense, conceding an average of 21.0 points per game.
Prior to his tenure at South Alabama, Wommack spent three seasons in Indiana, initially coaching linebackers in 2018 before earning a promotion to defensive coordinator for his final two years. In 2020, Wommack's Indiana defense achieved a commendable ranking, tying for 19th in the nation and restricting opponents to an average of 20.3 points per game. He also served as a defensive coordinator at South Alabama from 2016 to 2017 and at Eastern Illinois from 2014 to 2015.
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