March 24, 2009
AUBURN - Wayne Bolt, a former Auburn assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at Iowa State for Gene Chizik the last two seasons, has been named the Director of Football Relations at Auburn, Chizik announced Tuesday. Bolt was an assistant coach at Auburn for two stints, from 1981-85 and in 1990, under Pat Dye.
Bolt's 31-year coaching career also included stops at East Carolina, Wyoming, Clemson, Troy, and UAB. A total of 21 of his 31 years have been spent coaching in the state of Alabama.
"My wife and I are happy to be back at Auburn and part of the Auburn family," Bolt said.
Bolt has coached more than 20 collegians that went on to the NFL. At Troy as defensive coordinator, Bolt coached New York Giant defensive end Osi Umenyiora and Dallas Cowboy outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Troy was fourth nationally under Bolt in total defense in 2002.
"I'm very pleased to have Wayne joining our staff here at Auburn," Chizik said. "Obviously, Wayne is very familiar with Auburn and spent a majority of his career coaching in this state. He will be a valuable addition to our football staff."
Bolt was an All-American offensive lineman at East Carolina, where he played under Dye. He began his coaching career in 1978 as a graduate assistant at ECU before joining Dye's staff in 1980 at Wyoming and 1981 at Auburn.
A tight ends coach at Auburn, Bolt assumed a similar position at Clemson from 1986-89 and returned to Auburn in 1990 as an assistant before serving at Troy from 1991-2002. He was the offensive line coach at Troy from 1991-96 and the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach from 1997-02.
Following three years at UAB as defensive coordinator from 2003-05, where he helped the Blazers to a Hawaii Bowl appearance in 2004, he joined Chizik at Iowa State in 2007.
A native of Augusta, Ga., Bolt has coached in nine bowl games, including four with Auburn, and helped the Tigers to the 1983 Southeastern Conference title.
Under head coach Danny Ford at Clemson from 1986-89, Bolt was a part of teams that won three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and played in four bowl games.
Bolt graduated from East Carolina in 1980. Bolt's wife, Linda, is a native of Auburn and previously worked in the Auburn Ticket Office for 25 years.