Bohannon works Tech ties again to fill out KSU staff

by MDJ staff reportsThe Marietta Daily Journal May 29, 2013 12:29 AM   KENNESAW — Brett…

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by MDJ staff reports
May 29, 2013 12:29 AM
KENNESAW — Brett Gilliland, who spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern, was named Tuesday as the quarterbacks and B-backs coach for Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon.

Gilliland was the sixth hire and fifth assistant for Bohannon’s staff, joining Grant Chesnut, Liam Klein, Shane Bowen, Tim Glanton and director of football operations Jay Bailey.

“Brett and I worked together at Georgia Tech. He was my graduate assistant at Georgia Tech and coached the B-backs,” Bohannon said in a university release. “He had an opportunity to go coach with Jeff Monken at Georgia Southern, and they’ve had unbelievable success down there.

During his three seasons under at Georgia Southern, Gilliland worked with the B-backs (2010), tight ends and tackles (2011) and wide receivers (2012). He also took over the recruiting coordinator duties following the conclusion of the 2011 season.

The Eagles posted a 31-12 record, captured two Southern Conference titles and made three consecutive NCAA Football Championship Series semifinal appearances during Gilliland’s time in Statesbor. The kickoff return unit also led the Southern Conference and was ranked in the top 15 nationally during each of Gilliland’s three seasons with the Eagles.

Gilliland joined the Georgia Southern coaching staff from Georgia Tech, where he was a graduate assistant for three seasons. He worked as an offensive assistant and served as offensive quality control coach in 2009.

While at Georgia Tech, Gilliland was a part of three Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championships and was a member of the 2009 ACC championship team, though the college later had to vacate the title due to NCAA violations.

Gilliland coached the B-backs for two seasons at Tech, serving as the position coach for former Kell High School standout Jonathan Dwyer, the ACC rushing leader and player of the year in 2008.

A four-year letter-winner at quarterback for West Alabama from 2000-03, Gilliland was a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, as the top player in NCAA Division II, in 2003. He concluded his career as the Tigers’ single-season (3,213) and career passing yards (6,689) record holder.

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KSU FB coach talks to chamber members about new team

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May 30, 2013 08:43 AM
by Adam Elrod
Kennesaw State University is gearing up for the establishment of its first football team, and sees Paulding as one of its top recruiting areas, said head coach Brian Bohannon.

Bohannon spoke to members of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce last week at its Cobb EMC Power Breakfast.

“When I got involved there were three counties ultra important to the success for KSU football — that’s Paulding County, Cobb County and Cherokee County,” he said.

University officials introduced Bohannon as the school’s first football coach March 26.

This will be Bohannon’s first head coaching job after coaching a variety of positions for Georgia Tech, the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgia Southern University, Gardner Webb University and University of West Georgia.

He said he also plans to recruit from all over the state.

“Our plan is to hit 450 schools,” Bohannon said.

The coaches have been to between 90 to 95 percent of the schools, he said.

One of his recent hires is Tim Glanton, the only head football coach South Paulding High School has had to date.

“I hit a home run [by hiring Glanton],” Bohannon said. “He is a great person, he has high character, he is a great football coach and the kids love and respect him.”

Glanton has been hired to coach running backs and receivers.

Bohannon told attendees about the schedule they have for creating the team. In February 2014 the team will have its first recruited class, and plan to hold open tryouts in the spring of 2014. The team will practice in the fall of 2014 then recruit again in the spring of 2015. Fall of 2015 will be the first year the team plays with a class of freshmen and redshirt freshmen.

He said he wants to create the culture of KSU football, and his philosophy is “faith, family and football.”

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