Miles talks about his first four hires at Georgia State

Trent Miles’ office is still empty three days after he was introduced as Georgia State’s new football coach.

But his calendar has been full.

Miles has spent most of the past 72 hours recruiting: from hiring four of his nine assistants, to talking to current players and selling Georgia State to high school coaches and future players. Miles planned to make his first home visit on Thursday and was practically bouncing in his chair with excitement as he discussed hitting the road to promote Georgia State.

Four of Miles’ staff members, all of whom worked with him at Indiana State, were officially introduced on Thursday: defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, offensive line coach Harold Etheridge, defensive line coach Shannon Jackson and linebackers coach P.J. Volker.

Miles said he hopes to complete the rest of the staff within the next week but declined to say who would join, citing the human resources process. He also declined to comment on reports that Jeff Jagodzinski will be the offensive coordinator. A call to Jagodzinski’s home on Wednesday hasn’t been returned.

A few members of former coach Bill Curry’s support staff will remain, including strength and conditioning coach Ben Pollard.

“He does a great job and gets after guys,” Miles said. “He develops explosiveness and speed and does the things we need to do to be explosive. I like the way he handles players.”

Miles said Minter will run a 3-4 defensive system that can turn into a 4-3 because they will use a rush end who can play standing up or with his hand on the ground. He described Minter as very intelligent and with a great understanding of the scheme because it’s the same system used by his dad Rick, a longtime defensive coordinator in college. Indiana State was third in FCS in scoring defense this year, allowing 14.3 points per game.

Miles also described Minter as a terrific recruiter. He will handle a section of Atlanta and parts of Florida. Miles said most of the staff will have a section of Atlanta and then another area to handle in recruiting.

“He relates to young men,” Miles said. “He’s very thorough and detailed. He will get up and hit up every single school in his area. The kids love him. Players here are already coming to me and saying how much they like him.”

Miles described Etheridge, with more than 20 years of experience, as a “lifer” in college football and an excellent offensive line coach who stresses fundamental techniques and toughness. His offensive lines helped Indiana State averaged 158.8 rushing yards per game last year. He started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant on Curry’s staff at Kentucky.

Jackson was two-time All-American at Indiana State.

“Shannon Jackson is a players’ coach as far as relating to them, but he is hard-nosed and demanding,” Miles said. “He is a really good recruiter.”

Miles said Volker is the Jack Black of the staff, keeping them loose. Miles said Volker is also very good teaching techniques. Seven Indiana State linebackers were named all-conference in the past three seasons.

Because they have been in the same system for so long, Miles said they work well together.

“They know the plan and how to treat the players,” he said.

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

20 comments Add your comment

Mary McElroy

December 6th, 2012
5:30 pm

Why the HELL are they keeping the S&T coach? Those boys looked GASSED in the second half!


December 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

You would be gassed to too if your offense couldnt stay on the field.

John Bond

December 6th, 2012
5:59 pm

Make sure you keep that University of West Georgia recruit at QB. That kid can really sling the ball…………….in practice.

BIll Curry

December 6th, 2012
6:00 pm

That’s right John, tell ‘em.


December 6th, 2012
7:21 pm

Let’s hope he can get these boys a winning season, and if he starts that kid that transfered from Southern University at TE they will have a great season.

Southern Rebel Pride

December 6th, 2012
7:46 pm

You Gag State guys need to give up the dream of having a football team because it is a country boy sport and not something for the city!!!!! I am sick and tired of having to hear anything about you and why you steal everything we have done before you (having a football team and especially the GSU letters). you and Tech need to shut down you sorry programs and let UGA and the real GSU run this state!

Southern Pride!


December 6th, 2012
9:39 pm


That made my night

Go Panthers!!

December 6th, 2012
11:57 pm

Love the idea that they’re going to divide and conquer Atlanta for recruiting.

Local recruiting attracts local talent and helps build awareness for the program.

[...] Trent Miles introduced a few members of his new staff at Georgia State on Thursday. [...]


December 7th, 2012
9:04 am

Jack Black of the staff eh?

Highly Respected Southern Troll

December 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

@Southern Rebel Pride – To hell with UGA.

Southern Rebel Pride

December 7th, 2012
5:23 pm

Southern Troll, get over yourself. UGA is my FBS team to cheer for and GSU is my FCS team to cheer for!

Beat ODU and our 7th flag will soon be flying!

Southern Pride!!!


December 8th, 2012
2:17 am

Coach Miles, it looks like you might be the most tenured coach in the Sun Belt by September.


December 8th, 2012
9:20 am

Southern Pride….. Are you into the sipp’in whiskey again? And right after recess too! LMAO

berry steve

December 8th, 2012
10:34 am

Southern Pride…… How did Ga St steal the letters GSU? It is Ga Southern that won’t allow that acronym.


December 9th, 2012
12:12 am

Staff seems promising… can’t wait to see who we bring in for Offensive Coordinator.

Dudley Dawson

December 9th, 2012
11:01 pm

Let’s teach that women’s college from Statesboro how to play some football.

Dudley Dawson

December 9th, 2012
11:15 pm

Southern Pride: When are they going to stop running that middle school offense?

Nick Saban

December 9th, 2012
11:18 pm

Notre Dame won’t be any trouble, but I am scared poopless of Georgia State!

Dr. Evil

December 9th, 2012
11:22 pm

Give em hell, Coach! Go State!