GSU officially announces Dean, Gillespie addition to coaching staff

| January 7, 2016


STATESBORO – Georgia Southern University’s head football officially announced his 2016 coaching staff Wednesday, which includes former VSU head coach David Dean and former VHS head coach Rance Gillespie.

The on-field coaching staff Coach Tyson Summers’ Eagles will include: Pat Bastien, Lorenzo “Zo” Costantini, David Dean, Chris Foster, Rance Gillespie, Jimmy Lindsey, Chad Lunsford, Allen Mogridge and Jeremy Rowell. Summers also announced the hiring of Travis Taylor, Steve Dennisand Dr. Tredell Dorsey to his staff, as well.

Two-time national champion head coach David Dean will serve as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Georgia Southern for head coach Tyson Summers. Dean, who had unprecedented success in his nine seasons as the Valdosta State head coach, has proven his name belongs among the top in the nation when discussing the best coaches in the NCAA Division II’s ranks.
Dean twice led his team to the pinnacle of the NCAA Division II football world as his squad won national championships in both 2007 and 2012. Additionally, he led his squad to four more appearances in the NCAA Playoffs and tallied a career record of 79 wins against just 27 losses, a winning percentage of .745.

Twice Dean was named the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year, having accomplished the feat in both 2007 and 2012 and received the organization’s Super Region II Coach of the Year honor in 2010. The individual accolades have not been reserved just for Dean during his tenure, as he had a player receive All-America recognition on 27 occasions, including six in his final season, while a Blazer was named All-Gulf South Conference 66 times under his watch.

“Coach Dean is one of the most well-respected head coaches in the country,” Summers said. “He has done an outstanding job as both a head coach and play caller during his tenure at Valdosta State, winning three national titles [two as a head coach, one as the OC]. He’s also a fantastic developer of wide receiver talent. His knowledge of the passing game is top-notch and he’s going to help us expand that facet of our offense, along with the screen game. He also has great recruiting ties to the state of Georgia, which is one of our top priorities as a staff.”

Rance Gillespie returns to Georgia Southern as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Gillespie, who has previous ties to Georgia Southern Football as the offensive coordinator of the Eagles from 2007-2009, found success at the high school level as well, winning a pair state championships in the state of Georgia.

Gillespie has spent the past six seasons as the head coach of Valdosta High School, picking up 49 wins at one of the winningest high school programs in American football history. The Wildcats reached the state playoffs in each of Gillespie’s seasons, including a quarterfinal berth in 2010. In his first tenure at GS, the 2008 and 2009 offensive attacks led the Southern Conference in passing offense and also ranked high nationally.

Prior to his first stint in Statesboro, Gillespie led Peach County High School to the Class AAA state championship in 2005 and 2006, the first two state titles in school history. He posted a 65-16 record as head coach during his tenure, including an impressive 50-8 mark his last four seasons. From 1995-99, he served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator. During his tenure at Peach County, dating back to the 1995 season, Gillespie had every starting quarterback signed to a college scholarship.

“Rance Gillespie is one of the best developers and teachers of the quarterback position in our state,” Summers said. “He’s a great fit for our offense to expand the gun option attack we already have in place. In 2007, he called plays for Georgia Southern and led the country in rushing with Jayson Foster winning the Walter Payton Award. He has an outstanding background as a head coach who has won multiple state titles and also has been an offensive coordinator in the college ranks. He will obviously bring a ton of help to us in recruiting with all of his ties to the state of Georgia, as well.”

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