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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mike Pelton hired as Auburn's d-line coach

Mike Pelton, an All-SEC defensive lineman for Auburn in the mid-'90s, has been hired as the Tigers' new defensive line coach, the school confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m very excited and humbled to return to Auburn and be a part of what coach (Gene) Chizik and his staff have built during the last two years,” Pelton said. “I look forward to working with a young defensive line and getting them ready to compete next season. Auburn has always had a special place in my heart and it’s been my goal to coach at my alma mater."

Pelton, 39, replaces Tracy Rocker, who joined the Tennessee Titans' staff last month.

Pelton was Chizik's defensive line coach at Iowa State from 2007-08. Before that, he coached at Troy under Larry Blakeney for six years, the last two as co-defensive coordinator.

"He’s a great coach, a tireless worker and an outstanding recruiter who has mentored some very good players, including NFL standouts Demarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora, both whom are from Auburn," Chizik said. "Mike is very familiar with the state and region, and he knows what it takes to coach and recruit in the Southeastern Conference."

He spent last year at Vanderbilt. After the staff was let go following the season, he joined Louisiana-Lafayette.

A Goshen, Ala., native, Pelton played at Auburn from 1991-94 (picture below). He was a co-captain his senior season, earning All-SEC honors. He was a fifth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1995.

He graduated from Auburn in 1995 with a degree in Health & Sports Science. He and his wife, Staci, have three daughters: Myesa, 14; Tyra, 11; and Peyton, 1.

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Anonymous said...

"Pelton, 30, replaces Tracy Rocker, who joined the Tennessee Titans' staff last month."

Sure about that age? That would have made him about 12 on the 1993 team.

Andy Bitter said...

He's 39. I had it right until I re-typed it.

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I just want anyone to fix that pass defense so we dot get 350 yards passing against us in 2011. I deleted the post when I discovered I can spell

David said...


Not to be picky, but I believe Pelton is from Goshen, AL and not Gadsden.

Andy Bitter said...

You have a right to be picky. I was wrong on that.

MikeP said...

I think this is a great addition to our coaching staff. Pelton was a dedicated, hard working player and has tutored some outstanding D-linemen.

Welcome home, Coach Pelton!