Georgia State hires Trent Miles as its football coach

Georgia State has hired Trent Miles as its next football coach.

Miles comes to the Panthers from Indiana State, where he’s been the coach for the past five seasons. He will replace Bill Curry, the architect of the program who recently retired from coaching. A press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Sports Arena. Athletic director Cheryl Levick deferred commenting until Monday. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Miles’ background turning around programs may make him a good fit for Georgia State, which lost 10 of its 11 games this season, dropping its three-year record to 10-23 as it prepares to move to the Sun Belt Conference and FBS level next year. Attendance has steadily decreased from an average of 16,750 in 2010 to 12,312 this year.

“As Georgia State Football enters its next chapter with the move to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, we need a program-builder, and that’s exactly what we have in Trent Miles,” Levick said in a statement. “He is a dynamic leader, a tireless recruiter, and a talented coach who will take this program to the next level.

“Through Trent’s leadership and hard work, he turned the Indiana State football program into a winner, and he will do the same for Georgia State,” Levick continued. “He presented an impressive and detailed plan during his interview which addressed how he would build a winning GSU football program, and we look forward to helping him implement that plan. We are delighted to welcome Trent, his wife Bridget and their children to the Georgia State family.”

Miles led the Sycamores, which play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, to a 7-4 record this year. He went 20-36 at Indiana State, but he took over a program that went 1-32 in the three years before he was hired and whose facilities and budget were considered sub-par by college standards.

After a  1-22 start, he guided the team to a 19-14 record in the past three years, including a 6-5 record in 2010 when he was named the MVFC coach of the year. That year, his pro-style offense was 14th in FCS in points (31.2) and 17th in yards (411.8). The Sycamores weren’t as productive this year (307.9 yards per game), but they outscored opponents by almost 100 points this season behind a strong running game.

Defensively, Indiana State ran a 4-3 system that was third in FCS in scoring defense (14.3 points per game) and sixth in total defense (296.4 yards per game) this year.

Miles is a disciplinarian who dismissed 41 players in his first year. He will inherit an experienced Georgia State roster with more than 30 juniors on this year’s team.

After Curry announced in August that he was going to retire, Levick said she preferred to hire someone with head-coaching experience and who was familiar with recruiting in the South.

Most of Miles’ career has been spent coaching on offense and everywhere but in the South. However, he has recruited Georgia. Before accepting the Indiana State job in Dec. 2007, he was a running backs coach at Washington for three years. Before that, he coached wide receivers at Notre Dame for three years. He has also been on staff with the NFL’s Packers, Fresno State, Hawaii and Northern Illinois.

He is a native of Terre Haute, Ind. and a graduate of Indiana State, where he played wide receiver. Interestingly, he is the second coach from Indiana Levick has hired. She hired Ron Hunter away from IUPUI to lead the men’s basketball team. They went 22-12 his first season and are 3-3 this year.

Other names tied to the opening were Virginia Tech running back Shane Beamer, Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz and Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

“As Georgia State Football enters its next chapter with the move to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, we need a program-builder, and that’s exactly what we have in Trent Miles,” said Levick. “He is a dynamic leader, a tireless recruiter, and a talented coach who will take this program to the next level.

“Through Trent’s leadership and hard work, he turned the Indiana State football program into a winner, and he will do the same for Georgia State,” Levick continued. “He presented an impressive and detailed plan during his interview which addressed how he would build a winning GSU football program, and we look forward to helping him implement that plan. We are delighted to welcome Trent, his wife Bridget and their children to the Georgia State family.”

75 comments Add your comment

Ben M

November 30th, 2012
7:09 pm

I am totally underwhelmed.

paul

November 30th, 2012
7:14 pm

This guy used the bathroom where Larry Bird did? ….Cool

fan

November 30th, 2012
7:16 pm

John Bond

November 30th, 2012
7:18 pm

WTF is going on here!!!! This was my job, MINE!!!!

Way to stab me in the back Levick!!!

Ronald Reagan

November 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

Well…………………………………………..

GSUdpb

November 30th, 2012
7:21 pm

I actually had let myself get my hopes up. I hope Miles works out and I’ll be a supporter but as expected, completely underwhelmed.

Panther in College Park

November 30th, 2012
7:24 pm

Levick better hope that this guy works out, or it could be that she just doesn’t give sh!t

Sam

November 30th, 2012
7:28 pm

Disaster. How many years are we going to have to live with this stupid decision?

Sun Belt

November 30th, 2012
7:29 pm

Dan

November 30th, 2012
7:30 pm

Not a sizzling hire name-wise, but what Miles did as HC at the former trainwreck of a program that was Indiana State certainly will come in handy for what he’s facing with the Panther program, in light of the past two season.

Laughing in Statesboro

November 30th, 2012
7:31 pm

This is rich!!!!

Ben M

November 30th, 2012
7:31 pm

To be fair I had never heard of the last guy Levick and Parker Executive Search hired out of the State of Indiana, Ron Hunter, but I couldn’t be happier with him. I hope Miles is the right guy… Pretty critical point in our programs brief history.

GT Alum

November 30th, 2012
7:35 pm

Your program is 3 years old and you’re expecting to get a name coach? And people say Tech fans have unrealistic expectations.

1peatfor7

November 30th, 2012
7:35 pm

From one train wreck to another. The bar is set pretty low. If Miles wins 2 games next year it would double the 2012 season. I think he could turn the program around and win 3 game next year.

Rick James

November 30th, 2012
7:44 pm

Joe Hamilton would have been a better hire.I dont get this..This job does not pay seven figures so big names would be out but I think they could have found someone with ACC or SEC ties which would have excited people.But if they win all is forgiven..

Stegro

November 30th, 2012
7:45 pm

Underwhelmed is the key word of the day on this one…….

Brian

November 30th, 2012
7:56 pm

I am shocked GSU hired a caucasian head coach. I thought for sure they would hire an african-american as to attract the locals downtown to the games.

TheEagleWay

November 30th, 2012
8:02 pm

Interesting. Any word as to why he was chosen out of the other candidates?

spider

November 30th, 2012
8:03 pm

and this is suppose to bring in fans, you got to be kidding me.

seminole

November 30th, 2012
8:04 pm

Classy, Brian. Some of us “locals” are not so shallow and racist to care about another person’s ethnicity…

Art Vandelay

November 30th, 2012
8:07 pm

Wait, GSU has a football team?

Indiana

November 30th, 2012
8:08 pm

Brian, a small correction to your comment-Miles is an African-American.

Hairy Dawg

November 30th, 2012
8:15 pm

This is the sort of hire I figured Georgia St. would make. Hiring a name wouldn’t have made sense. No top assistant would want to take a job in the Sun Belt as a first head coaching job. If this guy doesn’t pan out, you move onto the next one. If he does, the program will have established itself a bit and attract another up-and-comer who can keep the ball rolling.

Ron

November 30th, 2012
8:16 pm

‘Your program is 3 years old and you’re expecting to get a name coach? And people say Tech fans have unrealistic expectations.’

You have a point.

spider

November 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

wow and i thought i was upset with the AD when she moved us up to div 1, she is in way over her head.

Willjbutcher

November 30th, 2012
8:29 pm

Not a big name, and I had my hopes up we could land one. But most of what you’ve written was encouragement to me, Doug. We need what this man can do.

Glsjunior

November 30th, 2012
8:35 pm

No one is writing a check because of this coach. Thats a female AD for you.

Glsjunior

November 30th, 2012
8:37 pm

How do you explain Gus Malzuhn Hairy Dawg?

WhatsInAName

November 30th, 2012
8:55 pm

His name is Brian and he is African-American? Too cool! Or is it?

GODAWGS

November 30th, 2012
8:56 pm

Hahahaha you idiots thought you’d get an SEC coach like Bobo! Enjoy your mediocrity!

GO PANTHERS

November 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

Im happy to about the hire, he has provin he can turn a program around, runs a pro style offense & a 4-3 defense. He knows how to coach & has a vision of how to get the job done & not second guess himself week after week.
Welcome coach Miles.
Now lets get to work & get on the recruiting trail, you are in the land of talented football players, lets go steal a couple from the big boys.
See you in the dome next season #truepantherfan #bleedblue

bob from smyrna

November 30th, 2012
9:02 pm

Was excited when I saw the headline, then found out it was not the LSU coach. Drat. What a coup if we got Les Miles.

Blazerdawg

November 30th, 2012
9:02 pm

Guy did a great job at ISU from what
I have read, although I did
Not even realize ISU had a football team
Until an hour ago

Hope he works out as well as CRH

Out by the Pond

November 30th, 2012
9:06 pm

Hey, give the guy a chance. At least he is alive and breathing on his own. More than you can say for the last guy.

Hairy Dawg

November 30th, 2012
9:16 pm

Gus Malzahn is an exception, but let’s face it, Hugh Freeze was at Arkansas St. last year, had a great season, and got the Ole Miss job. Malzahn has taken advantage of the same players Freeze took advantage of. He’ll probably turn his season into a bigger coaching job for 2013. Seems to me that Steve Roberts, the guy who coached ASU before both of them, deserves some credit.

Orlando Panther

November 30th, 2012
9:48 pm

Welcome to GSU Coach Trent Miles! I hope you can turn this program around and make us proud to have a football team (something that has been lacking the past 2 years).

Go Panthers!

Isaac from Indiana

November 30th, 2012
10:12 pm

Hey everyone! I’m actually a student presently at Indiana State, and am very familiar with Trent Miles. Some of you may be disappointed, but I can assure you that you’re getting a great coach in Miles. Before he took over, ISU’s football program was completely pathetic, getting blown out every week. He brought new energy to the team and to the school, and did a remarkable turnaround job with limited resources.

I have no doubt that he will do the same at Georgia State – you may be right, though, as he won’t be around for long. It won’t be because he got fired, though, rather he’ll get promoted to an even better school (no offense).

Orlando Panther

November 30th, 2012
10:37 pm

@Isaac from Indiana, Thanks for the info, b/c he will have a tough road ahead at GSU. We are located in downtown Atlanta, have pretty much been a commuter school for most of our existence, and have had very little fan support before we started a football team in 2010. However, if he was able to go into a program like Indiana State and turn it around, I think he can do it here.

How is he with the fans & community? Does he reach out to them and help draw support for the team/school?

Occupy Milesville

November 30th, 2012
10:44 pm

Welcome, Coach Miles!

Moobs Johnson

November 30th, 2012
10:53 pm

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… a total miss at their opportunity to create a buzz about the program.

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Georgia State sucks

November 30th, 2012
11:01 pm

I’m looking forward to another 1-10 season from Georgia State next year. Maybe your players will have time to practice in between robbing liquor stores and studying for their paralegal degrees.

Steve

November 30th, 2012
11:02 pm

From Indiana and an alumni of Indiana State. You guys are getting a great head football coach. The players absolutely hang on every word this guy preaches and is a strict discipline type of guy. No cell phones in meetings, pants pulled up and players must sit in first row of class. We were absolutely pathetic before he came into the program and he turned it around. He raised $500k on his own and the school upgraded the facilities just for him. Congrats on the good hire.

Orlando Panther

November 30th, 2012
11:07 pm

The only buzz we need is winning.

@Georgia State sucks, why would you be looking forward to another GSU season, when you aren’t even a fan…you statement of “your players” proves it.

Alum

November 30th, 2012
11:22 pm

Zzzzzzzzzzzz Sure he is a great coach. Hope he does well. Thank God john bond is gone.

low rider

November 30th, 2012
11:24 pm

He will develop a network of recruiting contacts and if he can produce a winner, GSU will not be his final destination.

kreedham

November 30th, 2012
11:53 pm

Maybe he won’t be afraid to play the real GSU-Georgia Southern.

STATEment

December 1st, 2012
12:43 am

Kreedham it as always been the Georgia Southern administration that has been afraid to play GSU-Georgia State (gsu.edu).

T Tinklenutz

December 1st, 2012
1:07 am

Enter your comments here

Huh

December 1st, 2012
1:17 am

Well the good news is…….
The bad news is that we have decided to extend our long standing tradition of mediocrity.