Miles’ staff at Georgia State coming together quickly

New Georgia State football coach Trent Miles has wasted little time putting together a part of his nine-man staff during this crucial high school recruiting period.

Miles, who was introduced as Georgia State’s coach on Monday, will bring at least four assistants with him from Indiana State: Shannon Jackson, Harold Etheridge, PJ Volker and Jesse Minter.

Minter, who was Miles’ defensive coordinator with the Sycamores in 2011 and ‘12, will lead Georgia State’s defense. Indiana State  had one of the best defenses in FCS this year, allowing less than 300 yards per game. Minter worked four years at Indiana State, the first two as an assistant, after spending two years as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati. Miles said on Monday that the defense will attack.

Georgia State’s defense allowed 35.6 points and 446.8 yards per game during last year’s 1-10 campaign.

Etheridge was Indiana State’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He will coach the Panthers’ offensive line. The new offensive coordinator hasn’t been named. Etheridge worked with Miles the past three years. Etheridge has more than 20 years of experience as a college coach, starting at Kentucky, continuing at Illinois State, Army, North Texas, Northern Illinois and Washington State before joining Miles at Indiana State. Georgia State’s offensive line allowed 21 sacks last year as the offense averaged 17.4 points and 320.6 yards per game.

Volker was Miles’ recruiting coordinator and inside linebackers coach. He will coach the Panthers’ linebackers and was on Miles’ staff at Indiana State for three years.

Jackson coached the defensive line and will keep that role with the Panthers. He has coached at Indiana State and Eastern Illinois.

It’s not clear how many, if any, of those who were on Bill Curry’s staff will remain. Miles met with the coaches on Monday and Tuesday. posted that former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski, who has also been an assistant with the Falcons, may join as offensive coordinator. He and Miles worked together with the Green Bay Packers in 2000. Former Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis may also join the staff. He is currently the offensive coordinator at Savannah State. Miles coached Mathis at New Mexico as a graduate assistant.

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28 comments Add your comment


December 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

Great news. CTM needs to put a great coaching staff together and hit the recruiting trail.

Football Scoop

December 4th, 2012
10:15 pm

FootballScoop Staff:
Sources tell us there is a good chance Jeff Jagodzinski winds up as offensive coordinator at Georgia State


December 5th, 2012
1:32 am

I’m liking all the moves so far. Love how organized CTM seems to be.

Hairy Dawg

December 5th, 2012
2:37 am

Is Jesse Minter related to former Cincy coach Rick Minter?

Agent Orange

December 5th, 2012
2:38 am

I’m not sure what happened with Jags but he SEEMED like a solid coach.

Would like to see what he could do as OC.

GSU freshman

December 5th, 2012
7:52 am

Yes, Jeff Jagodzinski is on board.

Go Panther!!!!


December 5th, 2012
8:06 am

Didn’t Jags get fired @ BC before he coached a game? Seem to remember something on that order.

Doug Roberson

December 5th, 2012
8:10 am

Yes, Minter is the son of Rick Minter.

Paddy Cake

December 5th, 2012
8:43 am

Jags coached at BC and led them to an ACC Championsip & 11-3 record in his first season and 9-5 in his second season. He was then fired for interviewing for an OC position with the NY Jets. He was Matt Ryan’s coach at BC


December 5th, 2012
8:58 am

Great news, now get some recruits that can block and tackle.


December 5th, 2012
9:13 am

Getting his staff quickly and on to recruiting.

GSU alumni

December 5th, 2012
9:25 am

Yes, Jeff would get the offense going for my beloved Panthers.

Go State!!!

Mary McElroy

December 5th, 2012
9:50 am

This was all thanks to me. You’re welcome.


December 5th, 2012
10:06 am

Looking good! Recruit hard! I think there is a lot of talent coming back on this team, the coaches just need to learn how to put it all together.


December 5th, 2012
11:08 am

Man this guy moves fast. Here I thought we wouldn’t get a coach until January and Miles is already on the recruiting trail with almost his entire coaching staff filled. Season tickets again for next year???? That would be a yes!

National Letter of Intent day – save the date Panther fans.
Miles has a ton of Scholarships to fill.

Great day to be a Panther!

Walking with a Panther

December 5th, 2012
11:17 am

Funny how that no talent, Terrance Moore 2.0, hack Schultz and other haters thinks this program is a trainwreck yet GSU seems to be able to draw quality coaches. These guys wouldn’t be coming here if they didn’t think what most right thinking people see, that this program can be pretty good with alittle time and patience.


December 5th, 2012
12:58 pm

Jags won ACC Atlantic but, lost championship game to VT.

Chicken Bone

December 5th, 2012
1:24 pm

Great News! Go get’em CTM! What’s the latest on the SunBelt Conference Doug?


December 5th, 2012
1:45 pm

Thumbs up “Walking with a Panther”

State Alumni

December 5th, 2012
1:48 pm

Any idea on season ticket for 2013?

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
2:20 pm

I think this guy is going to do good things at GaState but he has a lot to overcome.
The Biggest thing is getting the Local kids to buy in and want to Stay at home with mom and dad but be BIG TIME college players. The Campus is difficult. If the coach can get the Metro area kids that can’t go to real Big Time teams to choose GaState over the East Carolina’s, Ga Southern’s App St’s and such schools he will do great. The ATL Metro Counties have so so so many Great players he should do well. The CAMPUS LIFE is the biggest sell.


December 5th, 2012
4:45 pm

They don’t have to stay with mom and dad. We have the largest public dorm in the country on Piedmont and JW Dobbs.

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

I just BiOtched to 790thefan that they need to talk UP GaState(i’m All Georgia Tech) and that can help recruiting. PEOPLE call the Local RADIO stations and let them know GaState MATTERS. Their last poll showed GaState is just above Soccer on the meter. Start calling 680-790-92.9 and Ask questions and show you care about GaState football or you will be NOTHING in the ATL market.

old timer

December 5th, 2012
11:40 pm

Wishing CTM well. I plan to attend my first game this year.
Campus life is a real obstacle to recruiting. It would be good to have our own stadium off MLK closer to campus.


December 6th, 2012
12:22 pm


Any news on the the OC?

auburn grad

December 6th, 2012
4:35 pm

When will they announce the 2013 schedule?

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