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Watch: Alabama co-defensive coordinator Colin Hitschler mic’d up during spring practice

Alabama co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Colin Hitschler during the Crimson Tide's 2024 spring practice.
Gary Cosby Jr. - Tuscaloosa News / USA Today Sports

Kalen DeBoer brought something new to Alabama’s defense as its head coach.

He has a defensive coordinator (Kane Wommack) and two co-defensive coordinators.

Every assistant on defense was mic’d up for the Crimson Tide during spring practice. The staff has tremendous energy, but it wants that to translate to the players winning on the field. Colin Hitschler, a co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach, is looking forward to seeing what his position does to help the Tide push for a College Football Playoff National Championship.

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The 38-year-old has always been a strong defensive mind. His career started in the National Football League as a training camp assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles (2009) and player personnel assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs (2010). Hitschler started coaching safeties in 2017 at the University of South Alabama. He grew more into the role at Cincinnati and Wisconsin. Alabama feels it has a great coach in Hitschler, and he had his group focused on stacking consistent performances together in spring ball.

The safeties really like Hitschler and have taken well to his coaching style.

Malachi Moore is the most seasoned player returning, but the Tide has talent at safety that’s ready to have success.

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

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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