The Atlanta Falcons announced Saturday morning that they have named Lanier Goethie as a defensive assistant coach.
Goethie brings 12 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Falcons, having most recently served as the linebackers coach at Duke University from 2018-20. In his three seasons at Duke, Goethie coached three linebackers that received all-conference recognition, including Joe Giles-Harris, who received first-team all-ACC honors in 2018.
Prior to his tenure at Duke, Goethie coached linebackers for two seasons (2016-17) at Louisiana Tech, served as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons (2012-15) at Delta State (Miss.) University and coached outside linebackers and served as the recruiting coordinator at North Greenville (S.C.) University in 2011. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, working primarily with the defense from 2009-10.
A native of Baxley, Goethie was an Appling County Pirate football standout. He then played four seasons (1999-2002) at Ole Miss under head coach David Cutcliffe, where he was named a team captain as a senior in 2002. Goethie is the son of Andrew Geothie, and the late Blondell Goethie, of Baxley.