ATLANTA (GeorgiaStateSports.com) - Trent Miles, who engineered a dramatic turnaround in five seasons at Indiana State University, will be the new head football coach at Georgia State University, Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick announced Friday. Miles will be officially introduced Monday at a press conference.
A former assistant coach at Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington, Miles takes the helm of the GSU program following the retirement of Bill Curry, the program's head coach since its inception in 2008. After completing its third season of play in 2012, Georgia State moves to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, which will mark the second and final year of the program's transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Despite taking over a struggling Indiana State program that had won just one game in the three seasons before his arrival in 2008, Miles has led the Sycamores to winning records the last three years. In 2010, he was honored as Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year honor.
"As Georgia State Football enters its next chapter with the move to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, we need a program-builder, and that's exactly what we have in Trent Miles," said Levick. "He is a dynamic leader, a tireless recruiter, and a talented coach who will take this program to the next level.
"Through Trent's leadership and hard work, he turned the Indiana State football program into a winner, and he will do the same for Georgia State," Levick continued. "He presented an impressive and detailed plan during his interview which addressed how he would build a winning GSU football program, and we look forward to helping him implement that plan. We are delighted to welcome Trent, his wife Bridget and their children to the Georgia State family."
It took just three years for Miles to produce a winning season as he led his 2010 Sycamores to a 6-5 mark for the school's first winning campaign since 1996.
An Indiana State graduate, Miles guided his alma mater to another winning season in 2011 and then a 7-4 record in 2012, including a 5-3 mark in the MVFC. No Sycamore team has won more games since the 1984 squad on which Miles played, and the school's current run of three straight winning seasons is the longest in Terre Haute since ISU had six straight from 1964-69.
"I am extremely honored and excited to be the new head football coach at Georgia State University," said Miles. "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. We are committed to building this program into one that competes for championships on the field and in the classroom. We will strive to represent our student body, alumni and the state of Georgia with character and integrity.
"I also want to thank the players at Indiana State University, Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman, President Dan Bradley and the Terre Haute community for all of their effort and support for the last five years.
"We look forward to building upon what Coach Bill Curry has started," Miles continued. "He is truly a legend in this profession, and his efforts are greatly appreciated. We are ready and focused to begin the process of taking Panther Football to the next level."
The last two seasons, Miles' program has featured one of the top players in the FCS ranks in running back Shakir Bell, a first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2011 who led the nation in rushing with 151.8 yards per game and finished tied for second in voting for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the FCS. In 2012, Bell is sixth nationally in rushing (134.1 ypg).
Miles achieved success in 2010 with a prolific offense that ranked in the Top 15 nationally in scoring with 31.2 yards per game, while his 2012 squad was built on a defense that is third in the nation in points allowed (14.3 pg) and sixth in total defense (296.4 ypg).
Among the many notable accomplishments by Indiana State under Miles the last three seasons is the Sycamores' 44-16 victory over Western Kentucky in 2011, the program's first win over an NCAA FBS opponent since 2001. That 2011 Sycamore squad spent eight weeks in the national FCS polls, climbing to No. 16 in the nation.