Dec. 12, 2005
Most recently VanGorder, the fifth full-time coach in Eagle history, has spent the 2005 season as linebackers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will remain with the Jaguars through the end of their season.
He joined the Jaguars last January following a four-year stint as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the
During the 2004 season, the 10-2 Bulldogs were ranked seventh in the final national poll. His defense finished eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense.
VanGorder received the Frank Boyles `Assistant Coach of the Year' award in 2003, honoring the nation's top assistant coach - an award he received after finishing as a finalist the year prior.
"We are extremely fortunate to be able to hire Brian as our head football coach. It's a testimony to our football program, being able to attract a candidate of Brian's stature," said Baker.
In 2003, VanGorder's defense ranked third nationally in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and sixth in passing defense. The previous season,
He was the seventh recipient of the Valvoline Southern Sports Tonight `Assistant Coach of the Year' in 2002. Six of VanGorder's players were drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL draft including: defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan, safety Thomas Davis and defensive end David Pollack in the first round, safety Sean Jones and linebackers Boss Bailey and Odell Thurman in the second round.
"I want to thank (Athletic Director) Sam Baker and (GSU President) Dr. Bruce Grube for giving our family this opportunity. This is something that we have talked and dreamed about," said VanGorder. "We had a particular picture in our head of what a head coach looks like and the type of program that he wants to run. That picture is very clear in my mind... I look forward to this new era where we can add to the traditions."
This will be the second head coaching stint for VanGorder, previously serving as head coach at his alma mater Wayne State University from 1992-94. During his final two years as head coach,
From there he spent two years as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Central Florida then one year there as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. From 1998-99 he served as the defensive coordinator at
VanGorder started his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant coach at West Bloomfield (
A native of
BRIAN VANGORDER FILE
Birthdate: April 17, 1959
December 2005: Head Coach, Georgia Southern University
January-December 2005: Linebackers Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars (National Football League)
2001-2004: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, University of Georgia
2000: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Western Illinois University
1998-99: Defensive Coordinator, Central Michigan University
1997: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, University of Central Florida
1995-96: Linebackers Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, University of Central Florida
1992-94: Head Coach, Wayne State University
1989-91: Grand Valley State University (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
1988: Boca Raton Community High School - Boca Raton, Florida (Head Coach)
1984-1987: American Heritage School - Plantation, Florida (Head Coach)
1982-83: Boca Raton Academy - Boca Raton, Florida (Head Coach)
1981: West Bloomfield High School -West Bloomfield, Michigan (Assistant Coach)