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Ryan Aplin hired as Arkansas State running backs coach

Arkansas State announced Friday that Ryan Aplin is returning to his alma mater.
Arkansas State announced Friday that Ryan Aplin is returning to his alma mater.(Source: Arkansas State Athletics)
Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 3:57 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2020 at 4:14 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas State made it official on Friday: Ryan Aplin will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach.

AStateNation and The Athletic were first to report the details earlier this week. Ap spent 2020 as the Western Kentucky co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Before that, he was North Alabama offensive coordinator in 2018 and 2019. The record setting QB also had coaching stops at Chattanooga, Auburn, and Ole Miss. Aplin still holds the Arkansas State records for career total offense (12,514 yards), completions (906) and passing yards (10,758), while his 67 touchdown passes stand as the second most.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Ryan and his wife, Tori, sons Maverick and Hawkins and daughter, Naomi, into our Arkansas State coaching family,” Butch Jones said in a statement.  “Ryan has a great passion for his alma mater, and we couldn’t be more delighted to see him back in Jonesboro coaching on the same field where he broke numerous school records and helped lead this program to two Sun Belt Conference championships as a quarterback.  He is a natural leader, outstanding coach and a tremendous addition to our staff.”

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