Brian George is in his sixth season as the Hoosiers' co-defensive coordinator and his second year as defensive tackles coach. He shares defensive coordinator duties with secondary coach Joe Palcic. George served as the team's defensive line coach from 2005-08.
Five Hoosier defenders were either drafted or signed free-agent deals following the 2009 campaign. Defensive end Jammie Kirlew (Denver) and cornerback Ray Fisher (Indianapolis) were drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft, while linebackers Matt Mayberry (Chicago) and Will Patterson (Houston) joined safety Nick Polk (Houston) in signing free-agent contracts.
In his first year working with the tackles, George trained two of the top youngsters in the Big Ten. Redshirt freshman Larry Black, Jr., earned a spot on the Sporting News freshman All-America and All-Big Ten teams. Black finished fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss (27 yards), which ranked second among freshmen defensive tackles and shared third among all freshmen players in the Big Ten.
True freshman Adam Replogle finished third on the team with four sacks (16 yards), which ranked second among freshmen defensive tackles and third among all freshmen players in the conference.
The Hoosier defense finished second in the Big Ten and 19th nationally in turnover margin (plus-7), shared second in the league and 21st nationally with 13 fumble recoveries and fourth in the conference and tied for 23rd nationally with 16 interceptions.
Under George's tutelage, the Hoosiers set the school record with 42 sacks in 2007 and the fourth-highest total with 31 sacks in 2008 - the top two-year total in IU history.
For the second straight season, one of George's charges was named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award in 2008. Kirlew finished the season with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, each ranking fourth on Indiana's single-season list. He ended the year second in the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally in sacks and third in the league and sixth nationally in tackles for loss.
Indiana's defense was ravaged by injury with six starters missing a combined 27 games. Despite the injuries, the Hoosiers still finished fifth in the league with their 31 sacks and sixth in the league in turnover margin (plus-1).
The 2007 defense finished third in the league and shared eighth nationally with its 42 sacks. Middleton burst on to the national scene with a school-record 16 sacks, the highest total in the nation. Middleton earned All-America honors from seven publications and garnered All-Big Ten accolades along with cornerback Tracy Porter, who was selected in the second round (40th pick) of the NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Cornerback Leslie Majors also signed a three-year rookie free agent deal with the Chicago Bears.
Porter earned second team All-Big Ten honors after posting four interceptions and breaking up eight passes in 2006. The Hoosiers collected 13 interceptions, the fifth-highest total in the Big Ten. Two members of George's defense, linebacker Will Patterson and Kirlew were named freshman All-Americans by Sporting News.
In 2005, George tutored second team all-league defensive end and current St. Louis Ram Victor Adeyanju, who competed in the Senior Bowl and was a fourth-round selection by St. Louis.
Two of five assistant coaches that came from Miami (Ohio) University to Indiana, George and Palcic worked together as co-defensive coordinators for the first time with the RedHawks in 2004. The duo oversaw a defense that ranked among the top three in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in both rushing and scoring defense. MU allowed just 108.83 yards per game on the ground (second in the MAC and 17th in the nation) and 23.42 points per game (third in the league).
After spending two years helping coach Miami's offense, George made a smooth transition to defense, coaching the defensive line. In three years with the line, Miami's sack total steadily increased each year, culminating with a three-year high of 45 sacks in 2003.
As a graduate assistant at Miami (1998-99), he worked with the offensive line and special teams and assisted with Miami's 1999 running back corps, which featured the MAC's all-time leading rusher and former NFLer Travis Prentice. George received his master's degree in education leadership from Miami in May 2001.
George started and lettered four years as a fullback at Ohio University. He was named Ohio's Scholar-Athlete his senior year. After receiving his bachelor's degree in special education in 1994, George taught and coached running backs at Pickerington High School in Pickerington, Ohio, for three years before joining Miami's football program in 1998.
He is a 1990 graduate of Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio. George was a prep all-conference performer in football, basketball and track.
Brian and his wife, Jasa, have one son, A.J. (6), and one daughter, Maren (3).