Former Carver-Columbus head coach, Dell McGee, hired as new Georgia State football head coach

Former Georgia football running backs coach and run game coordinator, Dell McGee, has been hired as the new head coach of the Georgia State Football program, announced by Matt Zenitz of 247Sports on Friday afternoon.

He will be taking over for former Georgia State head coach, Shawn Elliott, who took over the opening as the South Carolina tight ends coach.

There were many reports which claimed McGee was the frontrunner to land the head coaching job, and those reports came true on Friday as the Panthers found their next head coach.

McGee was hired in the Georgia football program back in 2018 and held numerous positions for the Bulldogs in his tenure. His titles included Assistant Head Coach for one season in 2018 and Run Game Coordinator as well as Running Backs coach for the rest of his time in Athens.

The Columbus-native attended Kendrick High School where he lettered in football and track during his time as a part of the Cherokee athletic program.

After Kendrick, Coach McGee attended college at Auburn University where he continued to play football from 1992-1995. In his time as a Tiger, McGee started for two years and was a member of the team when they went undefeated in 1993.

Upon leaving Auburn, McGee was a fifth round selection by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1996 NFL Draft. He remained in Arizona until 1998 when he signed with the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe league. After a brief stop back in the NFL with the Detroit Lions in 1999, McGee would play two more years of pro football, one with the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League and another in the XFL with the Los Angeles Xtreme and Nashville Kats.

In 2002, he began his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Harris County and left a year later in 2003 to become the defensive coordinator at Greenville High School.

After two years, Coach McGee got his first chance to become a head coach as he was hired in his hometown of Columbus at Carver-Columbus High School. With the Tigers in Columbus, McGee was an integral part of their success as they recorded seven consecutive seasons with 10-wins or more. In 2007, Coach McGee brought Carver-Columbus their first state championship with an impressive 15-0 record and only allowing 119 points on the season. In his tenure, McGee won the region title six times in eight years at the helm.

In 2013, after eight years in Columbus, Coach McGee was hired as an analyst with his alma-mater, Auburn Tigers as an analyst. In his lone season coaching in Auburn, the Tigers made it to the 2013 BCS National Championship, ultimately losing to Florida State.

A year later, he was hired at Georgia Southern as their running backs coach and was later promoted to Assistant Head Coach while also keeping his previous title. In his final game at Georgia Southern, he served as the teams interim head coach and won the schools first bowl game in program history in the GoDaddy Bowl.

He spent two years in Georgia Southern before being hired in 2016 by the Georgia Bulldogs as their running backs coach. In his time in Athens, McGee coached four running backs who each ran for 1,000 yards including Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield.

Now as a first time head coach in the college ranks, McGee comes to Atlanta and will look to add his own touch to the Georgia State Football program who finished with a 6-7 record last season with a 23-21 loss to Buffalo in the Camellia Bowl.

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