Coaching Staff

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

Malzahn
Gus Malzahn

  • Gus Malzahn is in his 4th year as Auburn’s Head Football Coach (27-13, .675)
  • Malzahn led Auburn to the BCS National Championship Game and a SEC Championship in 2013
  • Named 2013 National Coach of the Year (AP, Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Home Depot, Liberty Mutual, SB Nation and  Sporting News)
  • Auburn Offensive Coordinator (2009-2011); National Champion and SEC Champion – 2010; Won Broyles Award
  • Coached Cam Newton, Heisman Trophy Winner, Drafted No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers
  • Coached Nick Marshall, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Produced 13 1,000-yard rushers in nine seasons as a college head coach/coordinator, at least one in each season, including Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason (1,816) and Nick Marshall (1,068) in 2013 and Cameron-Artis Payne (1,608) in 2014
  •  Salary: $4,350,000 plus Performance Incentives (up to $1,425,000)
OFFENSIVE COACHES

Rhett Lashlee
Rhett Lashlee
OC/QBs

  • Rhett Lashlee is in his 4th year as Auburn’s Offensive Coordinator
  • Lashlee was a Finalist for Broyles Award in 2012 (Arkansas State) and 2013 (Auburn)
  • Coached Cam Newton, Heisman Trophy Winner; Drafted No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers
  • Coached Nick Marshall who is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Attended Shiloh Christian HS in Arkansas where he played Quarterback under head coach Gus Malzahn; holds a number of Arkansas high school records
  • Played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks; a shoulder injury ended his playing career
  • Salary: $600,000

Kodi Burns
Kodi Burns
Co-OC/WRs

  • Kodi Burns is in his 1st year as Auburn’s Wide Receivers coach
  • Comes to Auburn from Arizona State where he had been named the running backs coach earlier this year.
  • Burns spent the 2015 season as the wide receivers coach at Middle Tennessee State, where he mentored Richie James and Ed Battlies. James led Conference USA with 108 receptions and his 1,346 receiving yards were third in the conference, and Battlies’ 82 receptions and 1,048 receiving yards ranked fourth and fifth in the conference, respectively.
  • Burns was the running back coach at Samford University in 2014
  • Burns was a graduate assistant at Arkansas State under Malzahn in 2012
  • Former Auburn QB and WR from 2007-2010, including playing a key role during the 2010 National and SEC Championship season
  • Burns served as an offensive graduate assistant in 2013, helping Auburn to an SEC Championship and an appearance in the 2014 BCS Championship game
  • Salary: $350,000

Scott Fountain
STs / TEs

  • Scott Fountain is in his 4th year as Auburn’s Special Teams and Tight Ends coach;previously, he spent four season as Director of Auburn’s Player Personnel
  • Coached C.J. Uzomah (TE), drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Coached Steven Clark (P), Ray Guys Award semifinalist; drafted by Los Angeles Raiders
  • Coached Cody Parkey (K), drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Coached Chris Davis (Return Specialist), drafted by the San Diego Chargers
  • Coached Corey Grant (Kickoff Return Specialist), now with the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Coached Quan Bray (Punt Return Specialist), drafted by the Indiapolis Colts
  • Coached Josh Harris (Long Snapper), who is now with the Atlanta Falcons
  • Salary: $325,000
Hand
Herb Hand
OL
  • Herb Hand is in his 1st year as Auburn’s Offensive Line coach
  • Previous stops included Penn State, Vanderbilt, Tulsa, West Virginia and Clemson:
  • Hand was an ace recruiter for James Franklin at Penn State and Vanderbilt
  • Worked with Malzahn at Tulsa in 2007 and 2008
  • Before joining Tulsa, Hand spent six successful years at West Virginia, serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Hand helped the Mountaineers to three Big East Conference titles and five straight postseason bowl games during the span, including a 36-35 victory over Southeastern Conference champion Georgia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl.
  • Prior to moving to West Virginia, Hand served as an offensive graduate assistant at Clemson in 1999-2000, as the Tigers participated in the 1999 Peach Bowl and 2000 Gator Bowl.
  • Salary:  $420,000
Tim Horton
RBs
  • Tim Horton is in his 4th year as Auburn’s Running Backs coach
  • Coached Tre Mason; Heisman Finalist and SEC Player of the Year (2013), drafted by the St. Louis Rams
  • Coached Corey Grant (Kickoff Return Specialist), now with the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Coached Jay Prosch; drafted by Houston Texans
  • Coached Cameron Artis-Payne; drafted by Carolina Panthers
  • Previously at Arkansas where he coached Darren McFadden and Felix Jones
  •  Salary: $ 325,000
DEFENSIVE COACHES

AuburnKevin Steele
DC

  • Kevin Steele is in his first year as Auburn’s Defensive Coordinator
  • Steele has six years as a defensive coordinator in the SEC and ACC including previous estops at Alabama, LSU and Tennessee.  He’s also coached at Clemson, Florida State, Baylor and Carolina of the NFL.
  • Named Rivals national recruiter of the year in 2005.
  • Steele’s brother, Jeff, is the associate athletics director for facilities and operations at Auburn
  • Steele played three seasons of collegiate football as a linebacker. He spent his freshman year at Furman University before transferring to Tennessee, where he was a member of Johnny Majors’ 1978 and 1979 squads.
  • Salary: $1,100,000 (3 year contract)
Travis Williams
T. Williams
LBs
  • Travis Williams is in his first year coaching Auburn’s linebackers
  • Williams signed with Auburn in 2001, redshirted his first season, and played the next four, winning All-SEC honors during the Tigers’ unbeaten 2004 season and winning all-conference honors again in 2005. He led Auburn in tackles in 2004, was second in 2005 and third in 2003. He won the Pat Dye Leadership Award for defense in 2004 and 2005.
  • Williams played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 and 2007.
  • Williams returned to Auburn in 2009 as a graduate assistant and was part of Auburn’s 2010 national championship season. He rejoined the Auburn program in 2014 as a defensive analyst and served as an on-field coach for the last two bowl games in the midst of coaching changes.
  • Williams graduated from Auburn in 2005 with a degree in criminology and criminal justice. He earned a master’s degree from Auburn in 2011 in adult education.
  • Salary: $225,000

R. Garner
Assoc. HC / DL
  • Rodney Garner is in his fourth year as Auburn’s defensive line coach
  • Garner played for Auburn and was named All-SEC offensive line and honorable mention All-America as a senior at Auburn in 1988, captaining the team that captured the 1988 SEC Championship.  After his playing career at Auburn, Garner had a free agent tryout with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played with the Pittsburgh Gladiators arena football team in 1989. He began his coaching career at Auburn in 1990.
  • Previously at Georgia for 15 years where he coached five NFL first round draft choices — Richard Seymour (Patriots) and Marcus Stroud (Jaguars), both Pro Bowl starters; David Pollack (Bengals); Charles Grant (Saints); and Johnathan Sullivan (Saints). He also coached draft picks DeAngelo Tyson (7th, Ravens, `12), Geno Atkins (4th, Bengals, ’10), Corvey Irvin (3rd, Panthers, `09), Jarius Wynn (6th, Packers, ’09), Kedric Golston (6th, Redskins, `06), Robert Geathers (4th, Bengals, ’04), Emarlos Leroy (6th, Jaguars, `99), and free agents Ken Veal (Chargers, `04), Paul Snellings (Colts, 2000), Brandon Miller (Colts, 2000), Charles Johnson (Panthers, ’07), Tyrone Robertson (Bills, 2000) and Demetric Evans (Cowboys, `01)
  • At Auburn, coached Dee Ford, who was a Ted Hendricks Award semifinalist and SI.com All-America honorable mention as well as both a Coaches All-SEC first-team and Associated Press All-SEC first-team selection; drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs; Also coached Gabe Wright, an AP All-SEC honorable mention pick; drafted by the Detroit Lions
  • Garner’s cousin is Charles Barkley
  • Salary: $550,000
McGriffW. McGriff
Co-DC /
Secondary
  • Wesley “Crime Dawg” McGriff is in his first year coaching Auburn’s secondary
  • McGriff was previously with the New Orleans Saints for three years
  • His coaching stops also include Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Kentucky in the SEC; and Baylor and Miami
  • 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 was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1990 and was a member of the Army Reserves until 2001
  • Salary: $500,000
SUPPOR STAFF


Ryan Russell
Strength &
Conditioning

  • Russell is in his 4th year, serving as the director of strength and conditioning for Auburn football
  • Russell held a similar position on Malzahn’s staff at Arkansas State, where he served as director of athletic performance during the 2012 season
  • From 2010-11, Russell served an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Auburn, working with the football program. He was also football’s director of sports nutrition.
  • Russell was an associate strength and conditioning coach for the Boise State football team from 2007-09
  • He served professional internships as a strength and conditioning coach at Pitt (2005) and Louisville (2004-05) before coming to Auburn as a graduate assistant coach in 2005-06
  • Russell played professional football in the Arena Football League for the Las Vegas Gladiators and the Louisville Fire in 2003
  • Salary: $285,000