Dave Wommack, a veteran with 28 years of collegiate coaching experience, begins his first season at Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets' defensive coordinator.
Wommack comes to Atlanta after serving one season as linebackers coach at Southern Mississippi. Wommack helped lead Southern Miss to an appearance in the 2007 Papajohns.com bowl after a 7-5 regular season. The Golden Eagles led Conference USA in scoring defense and ranked second or third in the league in total defense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, pass defense and sacks. In 2005 and 2006, Womack served on the coaching staff at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier as secondary coach in 2005 and outside linebackers coach in '06. His final year in Columbia the Gamecocks went 8-5 and defeated Houston, 44-36, in the Liberty Bowl.
Prior to South Carolina, he spent a four-year stint at Arkansas from 2001-04, including the last three years as the defensive coordinator. He also coached the secondary, free safeties, cornerbacks and inside linebackers. The Razorbacks made appearances in the Independence Bowl (2003), Music City Bowl (2002) and Cotton Bowl (2001). Wommack's first of two stints at Southern Miss came during a seven-year span from 1994-2000, one of the most successful periods in Golden Eagle history. He was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 1999 and 2000. He coached the outside linebackers in 2000, the middle and strong-side linebackers in 1999 and defensive backs from 1994-98.
Southern Miss was a founding member of Conference USA in 1996 and won three of the first four championships (1996, 1997 and 1999). The Golden Eagles made four straight bowl appearances from 1997-00, winning the 1997 and 1999 Liberty Bowls and the 2000 GMAC Bowl. All-Americans Cedric Scott and Leo Barnes were the defensive leaders.
As defensive coordinator, the 2000 defense finished second in the nation in total defense, eighth in scoring defense, fifth in pass defense and fourth in pass efficiency defense. The Golden Eagles collected an 8-4 record that season and won the GMAC Bowl, 28-21, over No. 13 TCU.
His 1999 defense was No. 7 in the nation in turnover margin and No. 8 in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense. All-American Adalius Thomas and T.J. Slaughter were the defensive leaders. Southern Miss posted a 9-3 record that season, won its second C-USA title and won the Liberty Bowl, 23-17, over Colorado State. The 1998 Southern Miss squad ranked 18th nationally in scoring defense, finished with a 7-5 record and made an appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl.
The 1997 Golden Eagle squad posted a 9-3 record and won the second Conference USA championship. Southern Miss defeated Pitt, 41-7, in the Liberty Bowl, the first bowl game for the Golden Eagles since 1990. All-American cornerback and C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Patrick Surtain ranked 10th in the nation in interceptions and was drafted No. 44 in the NFL Draft. Defensive back Jamaal Alexander was a sixth-round pick.
The 1996 defense ranked No. 3 in turnover margin and No. 8 in rushing defense. Southern Miss ranked seventh nationally in interceptions with 18, led by Surtain. The Golden Eagles posted an 8-3 record and shared the conference title with Houston.
During his first season at Southern Miss in 1994, the Golden Eagle secondary ranked second in the nation with 25 interceptions. Those interceptions contributed to the Golden Eagles' national-best 41 takeaways.
He also coached at UNLV as defensive coordinator from 1992-93, Southwest Missouri State as defensive coordinator from 1986-91, Bemidji State as defensive coordinator in 1985, two years as defensive line coach at Missouri, 1983-84, and four years at Arkansas (1979-82) as a graduate assistant, assistant strength and conditioning coach and the last two years as the wide receivers coach. While at Missouri, the Tigers made appearances in the Holiday Bowl (1983). The Razorbacks made it to four straight bowl games while Wommack was on staff -- the 1980 Sugar Bowl, 1980 Hall of Fame Bowl, 1981 Gator Bowl and the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl.
A 1974 graduate of Reeds Springs (Mo.) High School, Wommack was a three-year letterwinner (center) at Missouri Southern. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Missouri Southern in 1978 and his master's degree from Arkansas in 1979.
The Kimberling City, Mo., native and his wife, the former Leslie Ann Wilkins, have two children, Kane and Hayley.