By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's newest defensive coach is coming from the National Football League and has plenty of coaching experience in the Southeastern Conference as well.
Coach Gus Malzahn announced Thursday that Saints' secondary coach Wesley McGriff is joining his coaching staff as secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator.
McGriff coached the Saints' secondary the last three seasons. His coaching stops also include Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Kentucky in the SEC; and Baylor and Miami.
"I'm really excited to be working with Coach Malzahn and his staff at Auburn," McGriff said. "I've always had a high regard for Auburn and the football program and I’m looking forward to helping them win championships."
McGriff was Ole Miss' co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach in 2012. He was a defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt in 2011.
"I'm very pleased to add Wesley to our staff at Auburn," Malzahn said. "He has a tremendous amount of experience and success in developing players at the college and NFL levels. Wesley’s a true professional and a man of character that will be a great coach and mentor for our players."
McGriff is Malzahn's second coaching hire since the end of the season. He hired Kevin Steele last week.
McGriff was named the Division II national assistant coach of the year while coaching at Kentucky State early in his career. He began his coaching career at Savannah State, his alma mater, and was there from 1990-94.
McGriff graduated cum laude from Savannah State in 1990 and earned a master's in public administration from Georgia Southern in 1993. McGriff was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1990 and was a member of the Army Reserves until 2001.
Wesley McGriff's coaching career
Savannah State, 1990-94
Kentucky State, 1995-99
Eastern Kentucky, 2000
Miami (Fla.), 2007-10
New Orleans Saints, 2013-15
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine