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Friday, January 13, 2012
Vanderbilt adds two new coaches

By Edward Aschoff

Vanderbilt's coaching staff added two new faces Friday.

Vandy coach James Franklin announced that veteran defensive coordinator George Barlow and Western Michigan wide receivers coach Josh Gattis have joined the Commodores coaching staff.

Barlow, who served as defensive coordinator at New Mexico last year and was interim head coach for the final eight games of the 2011 season, will coach Vanderbilt's defensive backs and serve as the defensive recruiting coordinator.

Gattis will coach Vandy's receivers and handle offensive recruiting coordinator duties. Gattis coached the nation's top receiver in Jordan White, who caught 140 passes for 1,911 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011.

"George and Josh are very intelligent guys who bring tremendous energy to our program," Franklin said in a statement through the school. "They also share our vision of where we believe Vanderbilt football is headed in the future.

"George has a proven record as a defensive coach and handled a difficult transition last year with a lot of class in the role of interim head coach. Josh is considered one of the brightest young coaches in the nation and did a remarkable job coaching the receivers at Western Michigan."

Franklin also announced that Sam Williams will work in a quality control role with the Commodores' defense.