Summers to be named Georgia Southern Head Coach

| December 21, 2015


Georgia Southern will hire Tyson Summers as its next head coach, sources told FootballScoop Sunday.

Summers is currently the defensive coordinator at Colorado State, though he spent the entirety of his career prior to this fall in the Southeast. A Presbyterian graduate, Summers served as Central Florida’s defensive coordinator from 2012-14 and, prior to that, spent five seasons on staff at UAB, the final as defensive coordinator.

He also deposited one season as safeties coach at Georgia Southern, graduate assistant stints at Georgia and Troy, and one season as defensive backs coach at his alma mater. Summers’ coaching career began as defensive backs coach at Georgia’s Tift County High School in 2002.

Summers replaces Willie Fritz, who left earlier this month after a 17-7 two-year run to become the head coach at Tulane. He takes over one of the most successful mid-majors in college football, with six FCS national championships, 11 conference titles (including last year’s Sun Belt crown) and a long history of running the ball.

Summers said in a statement he will continue with the Eagles’ traditional triple-option attack.

“Besides the day I married my wife and the days my children were born, this is right up there as one of the most exciting moments in my life,” Summers said. “This is home for my wife, Beth, and I and we’re excited to be able to get to Statesboro and carry on the proud traditions of both Georgia Southern University and the Eagle football program. I’m looking forward to building off the offense that is in place and continuing to progress with the defense. I’m just exceptionally excited to be a Georgia Southern Eagle!”

Georgia Southern’s hiring of Summers fills every FBS head coaching position at this time.

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