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Former Alabama OL takes coaching job at Western Kentucky

Former Alabama OL William Vlachos during his time with the Crimson Tide.
Larry Burton - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

A two-time BCS National Champion under Nick Saban at Alabama is on the move as a coach.

William Vlachos, a former first-team All-SEC selection, is heading to Western Kentucky to become a defensive run game/pass rush coordinator. ESPN’s Chris Low broke the news Thursday as Vlachos spent last season at Central Michigan (offensive line) and two years (2020-21) at Colorado. He served as a defensive blitz specialist for the Buffaloes along with the offensive line.

Vlachos was born in Greece, but he attended Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School. He was recruited by Mike Shula, but Vlachos played under Saban from 2007 to 2011. As the starting center for Alabama, he paved the way for Mark Ingram to become the Crimson Tide’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 2009. Vlachos also helped Trent Richardson become a Heisman finalist in 2011, totaling a single-season school record of 1,679 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He was on Alabama’s 2009 and 2011 BCS National Championship teams. His coaching career started as a graduate assistant (2013) and offensive analyst (2014-17) on Saban’s staff. Vlachos helped the Tide to two more national championships (2015 and 2017) behind the scenes before leaving.

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It will be interesting to see what he does at Western Kentucky.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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