Mike Pelton joined the Vanderbilt football staff as defensive assistant, Bobby Johnson announced Thursday.
Pelton, 38, will work with the defensive ends.
He fills the opening created when linebackers coach Warren Belin left last month and went to the University of Georgia. Assistant head coach/defense Bruce Fowler is considered most likely to assume duties with the linebackers.
“I believe Mike is going to a fantastic addition to our defensive staff,” Johnson said in a release announcing the news. “Mike has exhibited impressive knowledge during the interview process, has strong recommendations, and has worked effectively with members of our staff. He’s going to be a tremendous asset.”
Pelton most recently was defensive line coach at Iowa State under current Auburn coach Gene Chizik. He also spent six years at Troy, the last two as co-defensive coordinator with current Commodores’ defensive line coach Rick Logo.
A former player at Auburn who was drafted in the fifth round in 1995 by the Kansas City Chiefs, he also has been on the staff at Valdosta State.
“Having played my football in the Southeastern Conference, I'm … ecstatic about coaching in the nation's best conference,” he said.