Farrington named VMI's defensive coordinator

VMI named Jeff Farrington as the new defensive coordinator of its football program on Friday.

Farrington became Mercer University's defensive coordinator last July as it builds a program that will debut in 2013. He followed head coach Bobby Lamb to Mercer from Furman University, where he was the defensive coordinator for nine seasons from 2002-10.

During that period, Furman made the NCAA I-AA (now FCS) playoffs four times, including an appearance in the 2005 national semifinals.

A graduate of The Citadel, Farrington also was a defensive coordinator at East Tennessee State (1997-2001), West Georgia (1992-96), Presbyterian (1991) and Lenoir-Rhyne (1987-90).

"He has coordinated in the Southern Conference and is very familiar with the teams we play," VMI head coach Sparky Woods said. "Being a graduate from The Citadel also makes him familiar with the day-to-day lifestyle that our players experience. He is a player's coach that will cause him to match perfectly with our present staff."

VMI finished 2-9 overall and 2-4 in the Big South Conference last season.