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GSU names Trent Miles as new head coach

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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. 

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.

Throughout his career, Miles has coached on both sides of the ball and possesses more than 20 years of college coaching experience as well as one year as a National Football League assistant with the Green Bay Packers. As an offensive assistant for the Packers in 2000, Miles worked with wide receivers and quality control. He coached NFL All-Pro receiver Antonio Freeman.

In the seven years following at Stanford (wide receivers, 2001), Notre Dame (wide receivers, 2002-04) and Washington (running backs, 2005-07), Miles also coached and developed many talented skill players, including Stanford's Teyo Johnson, a second-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2003, Notre Dame's Maurice Stovall and Arnaz Battle, both of whom went on to the NFL, Jeff Samardzija, an All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame who is now playing professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs, and Louis Rankin, a 1,000-yard rusher at  Washington.

Miles began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Indiana State (1987), New Mexico (1988-89) and Oklahoma (1990). He moved to an assistant coaching position at Northern Illinois for four seasons, working with receivers (1991-93) and then defensive backs (1994). Miles then headed west for a two-year stint at Hawaii, where he coached wide receivers (1995) and defensive backs (1996).

As wide receivers coach at Fresno State from 1997-99, Miles helped the Bulldogs to a share of the 1999 Mountain West Conference title and a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl. He also recruited and coached future NFL standout Bernard Berrian.

Miles, 49, is a native of Terre Haute, IN, and a 1987 graduate of Indiana State with a degree in criminology. He was a wide receiver for the Sycamores from 1982-86, playing on the 1983 and 1984 squads that each won nine games and advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs. The 1984 Sycamores were ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the season, and that team was inducted into the Indiana State University Hall of Fame in 2002.

He is married to the former Bridget Hogan, and the couple has three daughters, Kaylee, Anna and Charlie Elizabeth, and one son, Noah Michael.

Miles will be officially introduced Monday at a press conference, presented by Proof of the Pudding and scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the GSU Sports Arena. The press conference is open to the public.

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