Willie Martinez (American football)

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Willie Martinez (born February 21, 1963) is an American football coach. He was the defensive backs coach for the University of Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Miami, Martinez was formerly defensive coordinator and secondary coach of the Georgia Bulldogs football team, initially working as the secondary coach from 2001 to 2005 before being promoted to defensive coordinator. He was fired following the 2009 season.

Martinez served as the defensive backs coach for the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2010 to January 2012, when he resigned.[1] On February 13, 2012, Martinez was hired to coach defensive backs for Auburn University. The move reunited him with Auburn's Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder. The two had coached together for several years at Central Florida, Central Michigan, and the University of Georgia. In December 2012, Martinez joined Butch Jones's staff at Tennessee until January 2017.


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