Miles named new GSU coach

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The football team will begin a new era as Trent Miles has been named the new head coach of the Georgia State program. Miles spent the last five seasons at Indiana State where he led the Sycamores to three consecutive winning seasons. Back in 2010, he was named Missouri Valley Football Conference coach of the year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson national coach of the year as well as the Liberty Mutual coach of the year awards.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be the new head football coach at Georgia State University,” Miles told georgiastatesports. com. “I want to thank President Mark Becker and Director of Athletics Cheryl Levick for the opportunity to lead this program into the FBS and the Sun Belt Conference.”

Miles has also spent time as an assistant at Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington. His first head coaching job was at Indiana State, his alma matter. He was a wide receiver for the Sycamores from 1982-86 and twice helped his team reach the FCS playoffs.

“I’d be crazy for not thanking Indiana State University for giving me my first head coaching job and most importantly the players who believed in what we were doing and went out and did it,” Miles said during his press conference. “We had a great team meeting and the first thing I told the players was ‘it’s time to win.’ We expect to win on and off the football field.”

On offense, Miles likes to run multiple sets that will feature different personnel groups. During his time at Indiana State, his team featured a predominately passing offense the first three years before turning to a running offense the last two. On defense, it’s unclear what Miles will run for the Panthers, but he said he will blitz a lot. It worked for the Sycamores as they averaged less than 300 yards per game.

Miles signed a contract that will last through the 2017 season.

UPDATE: Miles has hired former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski the Panthers’ new offensive coordinator

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