Auburn Linebackers Coach Joe Whitt To Take On New Role
Feb. 3, 2006
AUBURN - Auburn linebackers coach Joe Whitt is stepping aside from his on-field duties and will take on a new role in Tigers Unlimited, Auburn's fundraising arm of the athletics department.
"I have enjoyed coaching at Auburn during the last 25 years, but I saw an opportunity to step away from coaching and take on a new challenge in Tigers Unlimited," Whitt said. "I love people, especially Auburn people. I have established numerous relationships while at Auburn and I look forward to spending more time with the Auburn people."
Whitt served as an assistant at Auburn since 1981, coaching linebackers since 1999. From 1981-98, Whitt coached outside linebackers and was also the Tigers' assistant head coach in 1998.
"Joe has been extremely valuable to Auburn, both as a coach and an individual," Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. "He's been successful in each of his endeavors and this will be no different. Joe will be a tremendous asset and resource to the athletic department in his new role."
During his tenure at Auburn, Whitt helped Auburn win five Southeastern Conference titles and make 18 bowl appearances. The Mobile, Ala., native has had 20 former pupils go on to play in the National Football League.
"Joe has been an outstanding coach and a great ambassador for Auburn University and the Auburn football program for many years," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "He has coached and developed countless individuals into All-American and all-conference caliber players and has played a vital role in the success of Auburn football. Joe will continue to be very close to the football program. We look forward to working with him on a daily basis."
Whitt earned a bachelor's degree from Alabama State in 1972 and a master's degree from his alma mater in 1976. Whitt played defensive end at Alabama State from 1970-73.
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