JONESBORO (ASU) – Arkansas State head football coach Gus Malzahn announced Saturday that Eliah Drinkwitz has been named the Red Wolves' tight ends coach.
The Alma, Ark. native most recently spent the 2010-11 seasons as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Auburn, working with Malzahn for the second time of his career. He also worked with Malzahn as an assistant coach at Springdale (Ark.) High School in 2004.
While at Auburn, Drinkwitz assisted Malzahn with all aspects of the offense. During the 2010 season he helped the Tigers finish 14-0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship and the BCS National Championship behind Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton. The 2011 season saw Auburn finish 8-5, including a 43-24 victory over Virginia in the Chik-fil-A Bowl.
Prior to Auburn, Drinkwitz coached four seasons at Springdale from 2006-09. He first served as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach and running game coordinator in 2006 before spending the next three years as their offensive coordinator. During his time as offensive coordinator, Springdale averaged 422 yards of total offense per game while setting school records in completions, receptions and yardage.
Drinkwitz spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Alma High School, where he started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant from 2001-03 while still attending college. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Arkansas Tech in 2004, graduating Magna Cum Laude after serving as student body president.
Prior to attending Arkansas Tech, Drinkwitz was an all-conference and all-state selection for the Alma football team and was named an FCA Huddle Leader of the Year.
Drinkwitz is married to the former Linsey Sivils, and they have one daughter, Addison, born March 19, 2010.