Jeff Jagodzinski agrees to become Georgia State’s offensive coordinator

New Georgia State football coach Trent Miles promised a surprising name would join his staff.

Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski has agreed to become offensive coordinator, bringing with him a knowledge of Atlanta and a history of effective offenses. The latter is something Georgia State needs as it prepares to play in the Sun Belt next year.

Surprise.

Jagodzinski, who coached Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in 2007 when the two were with the Eagles, has been out of the upper-level college and traditional professional ranks for the past two years after being let go by the Tampa Bay Bucs in the preseason in 2009. He coached the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks in 2010 and this year was a volunteer coach at Ave Maria, an NAIA school in Florida.

It has been an odd few years for Jagodzinski compared to where he was.

Jagodzinski left his job as offensive coordinator with the Packers and took over at Boston College in 2007 after Tom O’Brien left for N.C. State. Jagodzinski led the Eagles to a 20-8 record, including consecutive appearances in the ACC championship game and a victory in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Despite his impressive start, he was fired after interviewing for the head coaching job with the New York Jets, which he was told by his boss at Boston College not to do.

He was hired by the Bucs a month later but was fired in the preseason because coach Raheem Morris said Jagodzinski wasn’t calling the plays quickly enough.

But Jagodzinski’s offenses were productive at Boston College. Led by Ryan, Boston College averaged 28.3 points and 423.1 yards per game. In 2008, the Eagles averaged 24.7 points and 319.4 yards per game.

Before coaching the Eagles and being on the staff as the Packers’ offensive coordinator, Jagodzinski coached the tight ends and then offensive line in two years with the Falcons, making him familiar with the Atlanta market.

He came to Atlanta after his first stint with the Packers, where he coached tight ends and worked with Miles in 2000.

Georgia State’s offense struggled this year, averaging 17.4 points and 313.9 yards per game. The team will lose its most effective running back in Donald Russell, but returns two of his backups, both quarterbacks who played last year, most of the offensive line and the most productive wide receivers, led by Albert Wilson.

Miles has said he is going to try to bring in players from junior colleges and the military preparatory schools to improve the depth and talent on both sides of the ball and that if he could only bring in one player it would be a quarterback.

Jagodzinski could provide a boost to incumbents Ben McLane and Ronnie Bell, who had numerous issues this year, some of which can be traced to their inexperience as redshirt freshmen. McLane completed 50.7 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bell completed 50.7 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The new staff is:

Defensive coordinator: Jesse Minter

Linebackers: P.J. Volker

Defensive line: Shannon Jackson

Defensive backs: J.D. Williams

Offensive coordinator: Jeff Jagodzinski

Offensive line: Harold Etheridge

Running backs:

Quarterbacks:

Wide receivers:

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[...] Georgia State football coach Trent Miles may have landed his biggest recruit to date in former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Doug Roberson. [...]

GStateBen

December 11th, 2012
9:49 am

Just a tremendous addition to the Panther coaching staff.

Dear star HS QB,
Our new OC coached Matt Ryan at BC and turned him into a Top 5 NFL Draft pick. He will likely sign the largest deal in NFL history this coming offseason.

Come to Georgia State and you can play in a world class facility, state of the art practice facility and get a great education.

See where we are going and be a part of the #PantherFamily.

Game. Set. Match.

Welcome to the Fam Jags!

What?

December 11th, 2012
9:55 am

Correction Doug, McLane had 12 interceptions

Panama

December 11th, 2012
10:04 am

Right coach. Now we need a JUCO QB

Tuscon

December 11th, 2012
10:11 am

Tremendous hire. Thank you CTM for putting this all together. I’d say Test 1 is passed. And from the looks of twitter, the recruiting test is looking pretty good too. Go Panthers!

DAWG POUND

December 11th, 2012
10:22 am

If you want to get recruits, Georgia State needs to do a better job of supporting its team. Attend games for starters. To do that the students, faculty and administration need to create an air of excitement on campus during the week leading up to game day. I’ve attended 5 GSU games to date in the Dome. All I can say, is that you could almost sleep through the game as the crowd was vitually nonexistant and quiet!

BBFan

December 11th, 2012
10:28 am

Dawg Pound, hard to get excited and be loud when you are down 20 plus point in the half through the 2nd quarter. Thanks for the advice though.

Great hire CTM!

PantherDawg

December 11th, 2012
10:43 am

Great addition. GSU eventually will be a contender. Too much going for it. Close to all the local AAAAAA, AAAAA, AAAA High Schools, play in the dome, money, support. Start winning and the fans will show up just like any other sport.

Panther08

December 11th, 2012
11:08 am

Let’s see how this helps recruiting!!! Go Panthers!

Panther08

December 11th, 2012
11:09 am

@Doug will Joe Hamiliton be retained on staff as RB coach? Also, any news on the WR coach?

GSU_MEX_ALUM

December 11th, 2012
11:22 am

Good job CTM!

Doug, wouldn’t Jagodzinski also be the QB coach?

GO PANTHERS

December 11th, 2012
11:32 am

Heck yeah, GREAT freaking hire! welcome to the Panthers coach Jags & love what you’re doing with the staff Coach Miles. My woman & i have talked it over & will be doubling our donation when we renue our season tix.
Cant wait to see this signing class.
BTW nice job Mrs. Levick

Paddy

December 11th, 2012
11:37 am

This should help alot! Good move!

Raider1990

December 11th, 2012
11:44 am

GSU is in Statesboro. The REAL GSU.

STATEment

December 11th, 2012
11:47 am

Great hire! Let’s hope he stays around for a few years and doesn’t go off interviewing for other jobs! Hit the recruiting trail boys!! Go State!

Chicken Bone

December 11th, 2012
11:51 am

Awesome News!!!!!!! Way to go CTM and can’t wait to see how this affects our future recruiting efforts! Also, I too am curious about Joe Ham & Anthony Midget’s fate…..

Southern Rebel Pride

December 11th, 2012
11:51 am

did someone put a gun to this guys head and make him sign with gag state? I cannot for the life of me understand why any coach would wanna coach there! Wait till you play GSU and we give you city sissies a beat down down you won’t forget.

Southern Pride!!!

Yuuuuupppp!

December 11th, 2012
11:53 am

Like everyone else

December 11th, 2012
11:54 am

@ Raider1990, the initials “SU” is universally accepted to stand for State University. FSU, TSU, ASU, NCSU, SCSU, OSU, ISU, KSU, PSU, CSU, LSU……. you think ANYBODY is going to see GSU and think southern? guess what, they wont!

Go GSU

December 11th, 2012
11:55 am

Such an awesome hire. Lets hope Jags can work some miracles with McClane, Bell, Oshay, or the JUCO guy that we should bring in.

Also, Jags coaches at the real GSU. Our OC is better than your head coach. Beat it gnats!

Yuuuuupppp!

December 11th, 2012
11:56 am

To Southern Rebel Pride:
Sit down and shut up while Trent Miles is speaking. After all he has done something Southern has failed to do….beat NDSU.
Good luck next game Fri. Dec 14th it’s time to put up or shut up.

Truth

December 11th, 2012
12:01 pm

The Statesboro slugs just beg to be noticed…wow! Anyway, great get GSU!

Sluggo

December 11th, 2012
12:02 pm

This staff is coming along nicely. Now let’s bring in the JOES!

John Bond

December 11th, 2012
12:02 pm

HardHat

December 11th, 2012
12:07 pm

Ga Southern is light years ahead of Ga State in football. State won’t play them because State will lose. State needs start at the last spot. They play the AAAAAA winner work their way up past the JC’s in state. They might be able to take Norcross.

glsjunior

December 11th, 2012
12:08 pm

That’s how you know that the FCS playoffs suck. Southern Fans are worried about our OC hire…

GSU alumni

December 11th, 2012
12:11 pm

Outstanding!!!!

Russ Dogtown

December 11th, 2012
12:23 pm

Norcross will be in FBS before Georgia Southern.

yeahsure

December 11th, 2012
12:24 pm

Georgia State is a new program and had a horrible season.
Georgia Southern is in the playoffs.

Yet, they CANT STOP STRESSING about the Panthers!! It’s amusing how threatened they feel about a team that won 1 game.

GSU is in Statesboring

December 11th, 2012
12:39 pm

LOOK AT ME!!! WE’RE IN THE PLAYOFFS!!! WHY WON’T ANYONE TALK ABOUT US!!!

:’(

glsjunior

December 11th, 2012
12:47 pm

Now lets go get Michael Dyer. Hey Christian Lemay,,,its Ok to transfer. Don’t do the DJ Shockley..

Panther

December 11th, 2012
12:54 pm

Watch out UGA & GT. Ga State will soon be pounding you both into submission and will be the premier program in the state

Highly Respected Southern Troll

December 11th, 2012
12:55 pm

Sounds like a good coaching pick-up for the Cats. Don’t know if this guy’s going to have the horses to do much, though. I suppose Joe Hamilton wasn’t retained.

glsjunior

December 11th, 2012
1:00 pm

I dont know if Coach Jagz is going to bring in his own position coaches, though I think Terence Mathis is supposed to be WR coach.

Red Panther

December 11th, 2012
1:06 pm

Great hire; my only advice to CTM: You win or lose in the trenches (as if he didn’t already know that)

Jason

December 11th, 2012
1:13 pm

Looks like our OC is more qualified than our head coach… by alot haha. Good news anyway!

Go GSU

December 11th, 2012
1:23 pm

This is an outstanding hire. The new DC looks promising, as well. With the coaching, facilities, and support, this program will be turned around within a few years.

I can’t wait until we beat a top 25 program in our new $1B stadium.

Chicken Bone

December 11th, 2012
1:26 pm

Wow, the GS trolls are out in force again. You would think they could find their own blog and have a party talking about their FCS championships…. lol

Go GSU

December 11th, 2012
1:28 pm

@Jason

This is a good thing, in my opinion. I think the OC will be responsible for a lot, when it comes to on-field coaching and play calling.

CTM will have his hands in coaching, too, but his primary responsibility is to be the “CEO of the football program”, doing everything it takes to make GSU a success–on and off the field.

glsjunior

December 11th, 2012
1:30 pm

Trooper Taylor for RB Coach

Go GSU

December 11th, 2012
1:36 pm

Southern trolls are spamming our threads for a reason: they know GSU is a threat to their program (our existence hurts their ability to recruit).

They’re scared, and rightfully so. Keep on trolling, and we’ll just keep on recruiting.

Vulture

December 11th, 2012
1:39 pm

Wow, nice hire!

glsjunior

December 11th, 2012
1:42 pm

Plus no one reads the Savannah Times, online or in print, so no one can spam them there..

itsmeagain

December 11th, 2012
1:49 pm

Well, thank god for all of this happening. I needed something to get me excited about next season, and i’m certainly excited now.

Paddy

December 11th, 2012
2:27 pm

Southern Pride………if GSU played GSU that would mean it is the Spring Game @ Georgia State. Glad to see you will be in attendance, good for you. Very impartial stance you have taken!

Paddy

December 11th, 2012
2:34 pm

Chicken Bone…….don’t believe there is a Ga Southern blog to go to?

The Truth

December 11th, 2012
2:54 pm

Georgia State will not have a football program within 5 years – book it.

Panama

December 11th, 2012
2:55 pm

GSTATE1

December 11th, 2012
3:01 pm

Big hire for the Panthers. Hopefully he can work with the QBs and help increase their ability. Also can hopefully attract some top tier qb’s out of high school who want to play for a big time coach. Go Panthers!

GSU 80

December 11th, 2012
3:29 pm

Somebody has dem “Statesboro Blues”