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Georgia State's Trent Miles discusses coaching staff additions

New Georgia State Panthers head coach Trent Miles spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about his early coaching staff additions.


Georgia State Panthers head coach Trent Miles has spent his early days in charge of the program by recruiting. Not only is Miles recruiting new players and athletes to play for his team, he's recruiting members for his coaching staff.

Four members from his staff while coaching the Indiana State Sycamores were introduced on Thursday. They include defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, offensive line coach Harold Etheridge, defensive line coach Shannon Jackson and linebackers coach P.J. Volker. In an interview with Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miles spoke about his staff so far.

Miles has confirmed that a few members of former Panthers coach Bill Curry's staff will remain with him, including strength and conditioning coach Ben Pollard:

"He does a great job and gets after guys," Miles said. "He develops explosiveness and speed and does the things we need to do to be explosive. I like the way he handles players."

Some of what Miles discussed about his staff hires include strategies and what each man will bring to the Panthers. Miles says that Minter will run a 3-4 defense that can convert into a 4-3 because of the use of a linebacker that can double as a rushing defensive end. Last season for the Sycamores, the team ranked third in the FCS in points allowed at 14.3 per game. Miles has also said that he will handle recruiting in Atlanta and parts of Florida:

"He's very thorough and detailed. He will get up and hit up every single school in his area. The kids love him. Players here are already coming to me and saying how much they like him."

Miles also credited his assistants with teaching techniques very well. Since all four assistants have coached with Miles for awhile, they all know what to expect when work begins for the Panthers.

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