For the second straight year, Indiana head coach Tom Allen is losing a top assistant to a head coaching job.

Following the 2019 season, offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer left the Hoosiers for a head coaching opportunity at Fresno State. On Saturday, it was announced that defensive coordinator Kane Wommack is leaving to take over as the head coach at South Alabama.

It is not an easy move for Indiana as Allen will now be looking for a new assistant to lead the Hoosiers defense. However, he put out a statement reacting to Wommack’s departure.

Allen praised Wommack for his ability to improve Indiana’s defense while also saying he expects Wommack to do a great job with the Jaguars:

Wommack joined Allen’s staff in 2018 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2019. Before coming to Bloomington, Wommack served as the DC at South Alabama from 2016-17.

Wommack is a candidate for this year’s Broyles Award as the top assistant in college football. Now, he’s also an FBS head coach at 33-years-old.