ATLANTA -- The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets announced Nate Woody as the team's next defensive coordinator, the program announced on Saturday.

Woody arrives at Georgia Tech after leading Appalachian State's defense for four seasons. Under his leadership, the Mountaineers became the top defensive squad in the Sun Belt conference, leading in total defense in the conference three times and ranked in the top 30 in the FBS three of the last four seasons.

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In his last three seasons, Woody's defense were 15th in scoring defense, 19th in total defense, 28th in rushing defense and 28th in passing defense. Appalachian also averaged 24 takeaways, 19 interceptions and 35 sacks per season over the last three campaigns.

Woody also coached at his alma mater, Wofford, where he battled against Paul Johnson's offense at Georgia Southern.

“I'm excited to have Nate Woody join our staff and lead our defense,” Johnson said in a statement. "I think he's a great fit for our program.”

Ted Roof was out at Georgia Tech after five seasons and became a co-defensive coordinator at N.C. State.

Georgia Tech's defensive line coach Mike Pelton will pursue opportunities away from Tech, the team also announced.