Todd Grantham was named defensive coordinator at Georgia in January, 2009, after serving an 11-year NFL career most recently as the Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach. His resume includes nine years previous college experience. He assumed the title of Associate Head Coach in 2012.
In two seasons under Grantham's leadership, Georgia's defense exhibited a remarkable turnaround in national statistical categories. In 2011, the Georgia defense finished fifth nationally in total defense (11th vs. rushing, 10th vs. passing), third in third down defense, fifth in interceptions, and seventh in turnovers gained (32) which also ranked first in the SEC.
He was with the Cowboys for two seasons after spending three seasons as defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (2005-07), and six years as defensive line coach for both the Houston Texans (2002-04) and Indianapolis Colts (1999-01).
Prior to his stint in Indianapolis, Grantham had significant experience on the college level serving three seasons as the defensive line coach and one as assistant head coach at Michigan State (1996-98). Grantham also spent six seasons (1990-95) at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, coaching defensive ends and inside linebackers (1990-91) and defensive tackles (1992-93).
At the conclusion of the 2009 regular season, the Cowboys' defensive unit ranked second in the NFL in scoring defense (15.6 points per game), fourth in rushing defense (90.5 yards per game), seventh in sacks (42.0 per game), and ninth in total defense (315.9 yards per game). The Dallas defensive unit finished eighth in the NFL in total defense in 2008 and led the league with 59 sacks - 13.5 coming from the defensive linemen.
In addition, Dallas noseguard Jay Ratliff, a sixth round draft choice, was named to two consecutive Pro-Bowls and All-Pro Demarcus Ware recorded a career high 20 sacks in 2008.
During his career Grantham has worked under several successful head coaches and defensive coordinators on both the pro and college levels including Frank Beamer and Bud Foster at Virginia Tech, Nick Saban at Michigan State, Romeo Crennel at Cleveland, Dom Capers at Houston, and Wade Phillips at Dallas.
In 1995 the Hokies ranked first nationally in rushing defense, fifth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense. Virginia Tech racked up 50 sacks en route to the Big East title and a Sugar Bowl triumph over Texas in 1995.
Grantham played guard and tackle for the Hokies from 1984-88. He earned second-team All-South and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. He earned a bachelor's degree in sports management. Grantham was born Sept.13, 1966, in Pulaski, Va. He and his wife, Paige, have a son, Corbin, and a daughter, Olivia.