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