Alabama expected to add Southern Miss coordinator to defensive staff

Alabama is expected to rent Southern Miss defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong to its on-field defensive teaching staff, ESPN reported Friday night.

Armstrong additionally coached Southern Miss’ inside linebackers the previous two seasons underneath head coach Will Hall as one of many youngest coordinators in faculty soccer. The Golden Eagles protection completed forty fifth in permitting 23.5 factors per recreation in 2022.

He got here to Southern Miss from Georgia, the place he spent one season in 2019 as a defensive high quality management coach on Kirby Smart’s staff.

FootballScoop.com reported earlier Friday that Armstrong was a “sturdy candidate” to be a part of Alabama’s staff. His expected rent comes as Alabama defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Pete Golding is about to be a part of Ole Miss’ staff as defensive coordinator.

Armstrong performed linebacker at Division III’s Huntingdon College in Montgomery, graduating in December 2015. He then coached at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School whereas attempting to discover a faculty teaching job.

“I wrote a handwritten letter to everybody who coaches soccer from under the Mason-Dixon line out to Texas and despatched them my resume,” Armstrong advised Club Level with Trevor Ritchie final 12 months. “I wasn’t self-righteous sufficient to assume if I wrote Coach Saban at Alabama 20 handwritten notes that he’d be like, ‘Hey, this man’s a very good man.’ That’s simply not the way it works. It’s simpler to get into Wall Street than it’s to get into faculty soccer. So, I zeroed in on [Will] Hall at West Georgia.”

Armstrong mentioned he referred to as Hall’s workplace a number of instances a day and had his cousin attain out to Hall’s father to safe an interview for a graduate assistant place at West Georgia, a Division II program.

“I ended up getting the job for a whopping $287,” he advised Club Level. “They gave me a spot to dwell, so I used to be very fortunate. I additionally received a $400 one-time stipend for meals for the semester. I labored there for one season. My workplace was actually a closet.

Armstrong adopted Hall in 2017 as a defensive graduate assistant at Louisiana, the place Hall had been employed by Mark Hudspeth as offensive coordinator. Armstrong was retained by new Louisiana coach Billy Napier in 2018, and re-hired because the Ragin Cajuns’ inside linebackers coach in 2020 after his stint at Georgia.

In addition to the emptiness left by Golding at defensive coordinator, Alabama additionally has a gap at safeties coach after Charles Kelly’s departure to Colorado.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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