Mack Brown announced on Tuesday that former Tar Heel linebacker Brian Simmons is joining the program as a senior advisor to the head coach and a pro liaison. Simmons will be taking over for Darrell Moody, who is retiring.

“I want to congratulate Darrell Moody on an outstanding career as a coach, scout and staff member,” Brown said in a statement. “When we found out we were going to need to replace Darrell, we went through an exhaustive search to find the best possible replacement, and Brian Simmons kept jumping out as the perfect candidate.

“Obviously, Carolina fans know Brian well as he is one of the greatest players in program history. But, he’s uniquely qualified to fill this role as he has extensive experience both as an NFL player and long-time scout. He’s also been heavily involved at the high school football level, so he’s going to be able to come in, relate to our players, and give them the guidance and feedback they need to prepare properly for the NFL. We can’t wait for Brian to get back to Chapel Hill and get to work.”

Simmons will serve as Carolina’s liaison with NFL scouts. He will organize and oversee UNC’s annual Pro Day, and work directly with players to provide feedback and assessments regarding their pro futures.

While at UNC from 1994-97, Simmons earned consensus first-team All-America honors, first-team All-ACC recognition, and was a two-time team captain. He finished his career with 340 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks. Simmons was inducted into the UNC Football Ring of Honor in 1998. He sits ninth all-time for career tackles in UNC history.

A first-round NFL Draft pick of the Bengals in 1998, Simmons spent 10 years with Cincinnati and later the New Orleans Saints. He collected 753 tackles, 55 TFLs, 24 sacks, 11 interceptions, and 13 forced fumbles throughout his professional career before moving into a role as a pro scout.

Simmons spent eight years as an NFL scout, and he was named the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s AFC Scout of the Year in 2014.