Originally created 01/06/01

New Georgia coach hires two more



ATHENS, Ga. -- New Georgia football coach Mark Richt added two more coaches to his staff Friday, naming Jon Fabris to handle defensive ends and putting Willie Martinez in charge of the secondary.

The 43-year-old Fabris was an assistant with the NFL's Cleveland Browns this past season and previously worked as a college coach at South Carolina, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Washington State.

"Jon has a wealth of experience," said Richt, who replaced the fired Jim Donnan. "He has enjoyed great success, especially on special teams, and I'm confident he'll bring a lot to our overall defensive scheme as well."

Martinez, 37, was the assistant head coach and secondary coach at Central Michigan. A native of Coral Gables, Fla., he was a teammate of Richt's at the University of Miami and also coached with Central Florida and Central Michigan.

"I have known him for 20 years," Richt said. "I especially remember him as helping mastermind a Central Florida defense that cut our (Florida State) offensive production in half in a game at Tallahassee in 1995."

Richt came to Georgia after serving as offensive coordinator at Florida State. His final duties with the Seminoles came Wednesday night in a 13-2 loss to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

Richt previously announced he was retaining defensive coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner from Donnan's staff.