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.
Footballscoop.com 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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