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Martinez officially hired at Auburn

ATHENS - Both of Georgia's most recent former defensive coordinators are now working at Auburn.

Willie Martinez was officially announced as the new secondary coach at Auburn on Friday. He will work under Brian VanGorder, who was hired as the new defensive coordinator last month.

The pair worked together in the same roles for the first few years of head coach Mark Richt's tenure at Georgia. Then when VanGorder left for an NFL job, Martinez was promoted to defensive coordinator.

While VanGorder's tenure was successful, the Georgia defense slipped under Martinez and he was eventually relieved of his duties after the 2009 season.

That paved the way for the hiring of Todd Grantham, who in 2011 guided the Bulldogs to a top five national defensive ranking.

Now Richt and Grantham will get to face VanGorder and Martinez in 2012.

"This is a great opportunity to be a part of a storied program and tremendous coaching staff here at Auburn," Martinez said.

Auburn ranked 76th and 86th in the nation in pass efficiency defense the past two years.

“Willie Martinez is an experienced coach that has been very successful in this conference and understands the rigors of coaching and recruiting in the SEC,” Tigers head coach Gene Chizik said. “We’re excited to have him on board and look forward to bringing his knowledge and experience to our staff.”