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Olivadotti Accepts Coaching Job At Georgia

After 11 years in Washington, defensive assistant coach Kirk Olivadotti is moving on.

Olivadotti has accepted a job as inside linebackers coach with the University of Georgia.

Olivadotti was the longest-tenured member of the current coaching staff. He arrived in Washington in 2000 and would work for seven different head coaches and some of the brightest defensive minds in the NFL in the last 11 seasons.

Said Olivadotti: "It's exciting to have this opportunity to work with Coach [Mark] Richt, his coaching staff and players at Georgia. I want to thank him for his confidence in what I can hopefully bring to the program. I also want to thank Mr. [Daniel M.] Snyder and the Redskins for the last 11 years in Washington and the NFL."

Olivadotti, the son of long-time NFL defensive coach Tom Olivadotti, served as quality control coach for the defense from 2000-03.

His coaching duties expanded to assisting special teams in 2004 and assisting the defensive line in 2006.

A year later, Olivadotti was promoted to linebackers coach, a position he coached for three years. In 2009, he tutored linebackers London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo to their first Pro Bowl berths.

Fletcher led the Redskins in tackles with 172 and added two sacks, one interception, and 10 passes defended. He eclipsed the 100-tackle mark for the 11th consecutive season.

Orakpo finished with 60 tackles, 11 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defended. He led all rookies in sacks and set the Redskins' franchise rookie sack record.

Olivadotti has worked for defensive coordinators Ray Rhodes, Marvin Lewis, Gregg Williams, Greg Blache and Jim Haslett in his tenure in Washington.

Only nine other assistant coaches – including Joe Bugel, Don Breaux and Rennie Simmons – have coached longer in Washington than Olivadotti.

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