Willie Fritz will be the new football coach at Georgia Southern, according to reports.
Fritz, who has been the coach at Sam Houston State the past four years, will replace Jeff Monken, according to WJCL in Savannah and FootballScoop.com.
Georgia Southern will introduce Willie Fritz as the Eagles new head coach at a Press Conference Friday at noon in Statesboro.
— Frank Sulkowski (@FrankTheBigGuy) January 9, 2014
Fritz was 40-15 in four years at Sam Houston State, a FCS program in Huntsville, Texas, near Houston. He led the Bearkats to consecutive FCS title games in 2011 and 2012, losing both to North Dakota State.
The Bearkats were 9-5 in 2013.
Fritz will be 54 years old in April.
Here’s what Fritz told the Huntsville Item on Tuesday: “All I can tell you is that I’m really happy at Sam. I really like who I’m working for and with. There’s always times when people are talking to you. The thing I’m fortunate with is that I’ve got a great job where I am.”
Georgia Southern is moving from the FCS to the FBS, where it will join the Sun Belt Conference next year. The Eagles won six FCS national titles.
Fritz was believed to be one of four finalists for the job, which has been open since Monken left for Army just before Christmas.
The others: Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, Wofford coach Mike Ayers and Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton.
Fritz also has been the coach at Central Missouri, where he was 97-47, and Blinn College.
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