In December 2015, Kirby Smart officially came home to Georgia as the new Bulldog coach. Smart, who got his start in coaching as a Georgia administrative assistant in 1999 had served on the Alabama staff the past nine years, the past seven as Defensive coordinator. During his tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won three BCS National Championships. Smart has been recognized by the AFCA as Assistant Coach of the Year and the Broyles Award winner as college football’s top assistant coach. A former standout defensive back and scholar-athlete at Georgia, Smart was one of the nation’s most respected defensive coordinators. Prior to joining the Alabama staff in 2007, Smart spent the 2006 season as safeties coach with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He served six years on the collegiate level at Georgia (2005), LSU (2004), Florida State (2002-03), and Valdosta State (2001-02).