Gerry Gdowski will be promoted to Vanderbilt’s offensive coordinator role, sources told FootballScoop on Friday.
Gdowski has been on Derek Mason’s staff for all five years of his tenure, the last three as quarterbacks coach. He was Ohio’s assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before his 2014 arrival at Vanderbilt. Gdowski has previous coordinator experience at New Mexico State and South Dakota State.
Gdowski will replace Andy Ludwig, who left last month for the same position at Utah.
Vanderbilt is the last SEC school with an offensive coordinator opening in the 2018-19 cycle. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee also changed coordinators from 2018 to ’19.
The Commodores’ 2018 offense was easily the program’s best in the last decade-plus. Vandy ranked 21st nationally at 6.29 yards per play while averaging 28.5 points per game, a 4-point per game improvement from 2017. Vanderbilt went 6-7 with a loss to Baylor in the Texas Bowl last season.
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