I absolutely can not think of a better coach than I couldve had hereto deal with what we dealt with over the last three years. The work of journalism, including that of student journalists, is essential to a functioning democracy and well-informed public. And as he filled out his defensive staff, Muschamp brought down one of his former Georgia teammates, Kirby Smart. "This is right up there with the birth of my daughter (Harmony). 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Shane Thomas | The Valdosta Daily TimesValdosta State Director of Athletics Herb Reinhard speaks to reporters following an introductory press conference for head football coach Tremaine Jackson Thursday. Leach, who moved to the town in his early 30s, found it to have a lot in common with his native Wyoming. Follow Seth on Twitter @SethWEmerson, Mike Leach served as Valdosta States offensive coordinator for five seasons from 1992-96. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Goff coached a league-best 13 All-GSC selections in 2019 and GSC Offensive Player of the Year Rogan Wells. Goff was named Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year in 2021, and Co-Coach of the Year in 2019. In 2002 VSU made its first national championship appearance with a 3124 loss to Grand Valley State University. Three words that Valdosta State University Head Football Coach Tremaine Jackson lives by that have become fundamentals in his coaching philosophy. Jackson comes to Titletown from Colorado Mesa University where he was the head coach the past two seasons. They looked good! Bonner said. During our search process, I had numerous Blazer football alums reach out in support of Coach Goff. But now hes entering his 28thyear in the job. The Aggies broke 21 offensive school records, while ranking 15th nationally in scoring offense. There was a problem saving your notification. VSC had its first winning season in 1986 with a 92 record led by All-American Jessie Tuggle. "I said, 'Well, I'd walk backwards from Houston to Valdosta, Georgia if (they'd have me)," Jackson said. He amassed a 22-3 record, one national championship appearance, and one conference title. Goff will be introduced to the Lake Charles public . Herb Reinhard drove in on a January day in 1992 to interview for the newly vacant job of athletic director at Valdosta State. 15 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 in 2018. I beat Kirby more than he beat me, Muschamp said. Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 11:45 AM PST. "We're going to be physical, we're going to be hard-nosed, we'll have an offense that can still light up the scoreboard," Jackson said. Sure enough, Cavan left soon after Reinhards introductory news conference. We had to make sure the fields were lined, remembered Will Muschamp, Valdosta States defensive coordinator in 2000 and now head coach at South Carolina. It was the Mavericks first victory over a top 5 opponent since they became an NCAA Division II school in 1994. And off the field, Leach brought his wit and wisdom to anyone who wanted it. The only way you get ready is you take the job, and you sink or swim.. I am very excited to have Tremaine join our Blazer family, Reinhard said. That mad scientist would try to run offensive meetings in a room so hot it was hard to keep players awake. The Spectator also finished second in the Layout and Design Excellence (Division A) category. But everything was fun when they were winning. Coaches Wright Bazemore (1941-1942,1946-1971) and Nick Hyder (1974-1995) combined for fifty years of service to our youth and community. He continued, I think the way that he handled COVID with the team is really the reason we were able to have the season we did this year.. Nice to meet you. When asked what brand of football Blazer fans can come to expect, Jackson promises to bring a style of play that isn't too far removed from what fans have been accustomed to seeing in recent years. VSU head football coach Gary Goff . What is your favorite part of The Valdosta Daily Times? Before the season even starts, everybody knows the Blazers are going to be somewhere in the mix. Once that project was completed there was still more work to do. On April 27, 2023, at approximately 1237 am., a Valdosta Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling in the 1500 block of North Ashley Street, for not having working taillights. "It's for the culture and we take a lot of pride in that. The Spectator was honored at the 2023 Georgia College Press Association Press Institute in early April. The "Hatch-Attack" completed its first season 102, and were Gulf South Conference Champions with an 81 conference record, a dramatic improvement from their previous 47 season. He led his 2021 Valdosta team the NCAA Division II Football Championship Game, where they lost to Ferris State. 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The Spectator finished second in the Layout and Design Excellence (Division A) category. To recognize the 25th anniversary of the VSU football program, the Blazers wore silver helmets and pants in 2006. If they really wanted to do it, they would have to do it themselves. He rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns during the 2012 season for the four-time NCAA Division II national . After three years, he was gone.  In 2007, the Blazers defeated Northwest Missouri State University 2520 for their second national championship title. Pipkin tallied seven Tiffin career records and four GLIAC records, ranking 13thall-time in career total offense, 19thin total offense per game, 27thin career passing yards, and is only the third quarterback at the Division II level to ever accumulate at least 2,000 rushing yards and throw for 10,000 passing yards in a career. Hatcher was also Valdosta State's head football coach from 20002006 and amassed a 6810 record with one national championship and four conference crowns during his six-year tenure at Valdosta State.. He is credited with being a part of the team that laid the foundation for the schools great history of winning. He said Goff wasnt looking for another job, but he was presented with an opportunity he couldnt turn down. Smart now recalls watching that Valdosta State defense and its defensive coordinator. The stadium is also the home of the historical Valdosta High School Wildcats. Hatcher was only 26 years old. There could be others coming down the pike: Hatcher, still only 46, is now at Samford, an FCS school. It is 100 percent true. Valdosta State University has had a football team since 1981. VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) One month ago, the Valdosta State football team kicked off spring practice. After the game, second year head coach Tremaine Jackson said the point of this night? One night, Leach was out with a group of people including Michael Doscher, the teams strength and conditioning coach. We didnt know anything different, said Gary Goff, then a Valdosta State receiver. He is the driest, funniest individual I think Ive ever met. He then reunited with his old college football coach and helped Hal Mumme start the Southeastern Louisiana University football program from scratch. Valdosta Daily Times. They made the Division II playoffs for the first time in 1994 and would go 40-17-1 during Mummes five seasons. Bruce has worked for The Spectator since fall 2020 and currently serves as the sports editor. I am so glad that the staff was able to make Spectator history and rightfully earn the General Excellence award. GBI investigating body found in Cook County lake, Valdosta man faces drug, firearms charges, Court advocacy group opens new headquarters. "There's not a lot of people that look like me that get the opportunities like this," Jackson said. There's a lot of other guys that haven't gotten this opportunity that deserve it. But Reinhard wanted something different. The student-journalists made campus history when they finished second in the General Excellence category. My hope is that it also proves to VSU that we are here, and we mean business.. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.. Clear skies. Despite the demands for a team, Valdosta State University, then Valdosta State College, did not form a football team Bama Adams Then theres the short answer: Didnt winning those four national championships feel good? 2008 saw the Blazers make it to the second round of the playoffs and a 93 season. 7 in the AFCA coaches poll, before finishing the regular season ranked No. Fourteen practices later, and spring ball wrapped up Friday night with practice number fifteen, the Blazer's annual spring game. I am honored and humbled to be named the Head Football Coach at Valdosta State University, Jackson said. It was a great leap of faith by Reinhard, but he found a lot to like about Hatcher, including his connections. Theres an appreciation at this school for who they are. Oh, and the meeting rooms didnt have enough chairs. (Valdosta State Athletics), Kirby Smart served as Valdosta States DB coach in 2000 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001.  That year the Blazers missed the playoffs for the first time in the Chris Hatcher Era, despite an 82 record and a top-ten ranking. I had (to oversee) discipline runs on Saturday mornings, and I had study hall for academics because you didnt have an academic staff. Try a week on us. He was named the new head coach after last season. In addition to his on-field football success, I am very impressed with what Gary has done with his teams off the field, particularly in the area of leadership development.. The Main Street Office will host the Brown Bag Concert Series in Downtown Valdosta from May 1 to May 5. As fate would have it, as the Cougars were preparing for the Birmingham Bowl against Auburn, Jackson happened to be in Houston watching the Cougars practice when Belk asked Jackson if he would be interested in the Blazers' head coaching job. Marty McGhin. 2004 Plaque on Bazemore-Hyder Stadium 2004 Renovations [ edit] Giovanni Spadaro. The things you had to do with the players because they didnt have as much. Im also excited about the opportunity to bring back to VSU a Blazer alum. Valdosta State begins its search for their next head football coach, Teens arrested after 11 injured in South Carolina park shooting, Turner Co. Sheriffs Office to reward $1K for information on fireworks incident. Now Reinhard looks to hire his seventh head football coach. They didnt have too much money in those days, so everything was precious. The offense had been the dominant feature in the 1990s, and Hatcher was a key part of it. Goff, who was a receiver for Mumme, Leach and Holgorsen in the 1990s, is also back. (229) 333-5897 or 5477. VSU finished the season ranked No. The team is division two of the Gulf South Conference. (Football & Baseball) firstname.lastname@example.org (229) 333-5897 or 5477 (229) 333-5897 or 5477: Footer Number one, here are individuals that I respect. Titletown, the locals now tell you, isnt just about high school football. In 2003, the Blazers finished the season with a 102 record and an NCAA playoff berth. Tremaine Jackson was formally introduced as the 11th head football coach in school history Thursday afternoon. Steel's Jewelry Blazer Athletes of the Week. The hours and the intensity. But at Valdosta State, the coaches themselves were helping with the laundry. "Why I wanted to be here was because of the brand, the history, the tradition, the name recognition of Valdosta State. "Tremaine told me very early in the interview that the reason he coaches is to change lives. But I would say its certainly the purest form, because you werent doing it for the money. Seth joined The Athletic in 2018 from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and also covered the Bulldogs and the SEC for The Albany Herald from 2002-05. There had been people on social media wanting him ousted early in the season, so the column was me taking a stance, saying that he shouldn't be fired but should be given some leeway since he didn't exactly inherit a perfect situation.. Years before the existence of offseason workouts and football generally becoming a year-round game, they were doing that in Valdosta. Paul Leavy | Special to the TimesNew Valdosta State head football coach Tremaine Jackson speaks during his introductory press conference Thursday. Leach was the coordinator all five of those years. And yet the football is the best in the state: Valdosta High School has won 24 state titles, Lowndes High School has another five, and the private Valwood School has six. At quarterback, Hatcher led the Blazers to their first-ever playoff appearance in 1994 and won the Harlon Hill Trophy, the Division II version of the Heisman. Copyright 2021 WALB. Reinhard said theres no timeline on the coaching search, but revealed hes already received tons of interest in the position. I was a manual labor guy. Language links are at the top of the page across from the title. Then there were the coaching connections: Will Muschamp was friends with Hatcher through several personal relationships. (Cavan would later become SMUs coach, too.) The work was tough. In 2009 VSU finished in 3rd in the Gulf South Conference and 4th in 2011. First of all, hes a genius. Which, again, means football. They learned things they wouldnt have if they had started at a larger school. Mike Leach came to Valdosta State University Athletics in 1992 to work with newly hired Blazer Football head coach Hal Mumme; the duo had been at Iowa Wesleyan College where they set numerous offensive records. There will be an official introductory press conference for Jackson on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the arena of The Complex. And I really enjoyed it., (Top photo of the 2000 Valdosta State coaching staff courtesy of Valdosta State Athletics). Seth Emerson is a senior writer for The Athletic covering Georgia and the SEC. Better than they were a month ago, and most certainly a year ago. Even during a national championship run last year, Valdosta States average attendance was about 6,100. Its good people. The pay was low. The award-winning design, a front-page cover, was created by Gavin Ponder, an art major from Augusta, Georgia, who serves as graphics editor for the newspaper.