Chart: Shawn Elliott completes Georgia State coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 22, 2016

Shawn Elliott has completed his full-time staff at Georgia State.

With the recent addition of several coaches, Elliott has his nine full-time assistants and head strength coach. Here is the Georgia State staff:

The first hire Elliott made was bringing Cedric Williams with him to coach the offensive line. Williams joined South Carolina in 2016 after five years coaching the OL at Newburry College (SC).

To run the offensive, Elliott hired Travis Trickett from Florida Atlantic after Charlie Partridge was let go. In one year at FAU, Trickett improved FAU’s scoring offense by nearly 25 spots, despite heavy injuries across the board. He previously spent five years at Samford.

At Samford, Trickett worked with Trent McKnight, who will coach GSU’s receivers, and Sam Shade, who will coach the DB’s.

Elliott also turned to the high school ranks for two assistants. Jess Simpson won seven Georgia state championships at Buford High School and posted a 164-12 record, including reaching the state finals 10 straight times. Josh Stepp comes from various stops in South Carolina and will coach running backs and tight ends.

Nate Fuqua spent 12 years at Wofford, including three running the defense. The Terriers were No. 6 in FCS scoring defense this year. They went from 5-6 last year to 10-4 this season. He will also coach the outside linebackers at GSU.

Rusty Wright interviewed for the Chattanooga head coaching job, but joined Elliott at GSU when he didn't get the job. Chris Collins spent one year at Western Carolina after one year as a graduate assistant at Appalachian State. Strength coach Scott Holsopple will be retained in the same role.

Georgia State is the first of the new staffs to complete the full-time roles. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

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