Lanier Goethie is in his first season as a defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons after coaching for 12 years as the collegiate level.
For the past three seasons, Goethie has served as the linebackers coach at Duke University. In 2020, linebacker Shaka Heyward led the Blue Devils with 80 total tackles. The year prior, Goethie coached senior Koby Quansah to third-team All-ACC honors after tallying 105 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three passes defensed. In his first season at Duke, Goethie coached Joe Giles-Harris to first-team All-ACC honors, while Ben Humphreys received All-ACC honors.