REPORT: Wofford defensive coordinator interested in ASU
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald Journal reported Friday that Wofford defensive coordinator Nate Woody is considering an offer to become the new defensive coordinator at Appalachian State.
The Herald Journal said Woody was offered the position by new Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield. Herald Journal reporter Todd Shanesy blogged Saturday that Woody and Wofford head coach Mike Ayers would talk over the weekend before Woody made any decision.
“It’s kind of on hold a little bit,” Ayers told the Herald Journal. “He’s got some things going through his mind. … We agreed that we’d try to talk it out.”
Woody, a 1984 Wofford graduate, has coached 22 years at Wofford, the last 12 as the team’s defensive coordinator. Wofford led the Southern Conference in scoring defense (16.6 points allowed per game) and total defense (305.5 yards allowed per game) in 2012.
Wofford’s defense allowed just 124.6 yards per game in a conference that includes Georgia Southern, which ran for 399.4 yards per game in 2013. The Citadel also rushed for 300.6 yards per game.
There was no mention by the Herald Journal about the status of Appalachian State’s current defensive coordinator Dale Jones, who was promoted to the position in 2010. Jones, a former Tennessee All-American linebacker, has coached at Appalachian State for 17 years.
Appalachian State’s defense was sixth in the SoCon in scoring with 29.3 points allowed per game.
The Mountaineers were eighth in the nine-team conference in yardage by giving up 413.2 yards per game.
Only Western Carolina (514.4 yards per game) allowed more.
Satterfield is on the road recruiting and then will attend a coaching convention, was not available for comment, according to ASU spokesman Mike Flynn. An email sent from the ASU athletic department said it would release any new information regarding any additions to the coaching staff.
Wofford also must deal with the fact that it could lose another defensive coach.
The Herald Journal also said that Western Carolina offered Wofford defensive line coach Jack Teachey the Catamounts’ defensive coordinator position.