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Chadwell's Head Coaching Honors
2013 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist
2015 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist
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2013 Big South Football Coach of the Year
2015 Big South Football Coach of the Year
2016 Big South Football Coach of the Year

 
Jamey Chadwell, a two-time FCS National Coach of the Year finalist and three-time Big South Coach of the Year, became the third head coach in Coastal Carolina football history on January 18, 2019.

He finished fourth in the FCS National Coach of the Year voting in 2015 and eighth in 2013 and on the field led CSU to two conference titles, as well as the NCAA Division I FCS Championship Playoffs twice. 

On the field, Chadwell has won over 65 games in 10 years as a head coach at Charleston Southern (2013-16), Delta State (2012), North Greenville (2009-10) and at Coastal Carolina (2017 and 2019).
 
A 2018 Broyles Award nominee, an award given to college football’s top assistant coaches, Chadwell was the associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Chanticleers in 2017-18. He served as the interim head coach for the 2017 season due to head coach Joe Moglia taking a medical sabbatical.
 
In his first year as the full-time head coach in 2019, the Chanticleers went 5-7 overall and highlighted the season with a 12-7 win on the road at Kansas, the program's first-ever win over a Power 5 opponent on the gridiron.

For the second-straight season, the Chants missed bowl eligibility by just one win and finished 2-6 in the Sun Belt Conference. However, the Chants were competitive all season long, as seven of their 12 games on the season were decided by one score (eight points) or less.

Remaining the offensive play-caller in 2019, the Coastal Carolina offense recorded over 400 yards of total offense five times, including a season-high 636 yards in the road win at UMass. The Chants were 23-for-29 (79.3 percent) on fourth-down attempts which was the second-best percentage both nationally and in the Sun Belt, while the 23 fourth-down conversions were tied for the third-most nationally behind only Army and Navy with 26.

The CCU offense also ranked first in the Sun Belt in time of possession (33:24), first in completion percentage (65.0 percent), fifth in third-down conference percentage (40.7 percent), and fifth in sacks allowed (1.67 per game).

Both sophomore quarterbacks in Fred Payton and Bryce Carpenter surpassed the 1,000-career passing yards mark on the season, as both completed over 63 percent of their pass attempts and combined to throw for 2,379 yards and 21 touchdowns, while junior running back CJ Marable led the team in rushing with 1,085 yards on the season, which ranked fourth in the Sun Belt, and etched his name in the CCU record books as he became just the fourth Chant to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season joining De'Angelo Henderson (2014, 2015 and 2016), Lorenzo Taliaferro (2013), and Patrick Hall (2004).

The defense improved in every area from 2018 to 2019, as the "Black Swarm" defense led the Sun Belt in fewest first downs allowed (241), was third in interceptions (11), fourth in scoring defense (30.5 points allowed per game), fourth in total defense (383.6 yards per game), fourth in rushing defense (160.1 yards per game), fifth in fewest passing yards allowed (223.5 yards per game), and sixth in red zone defense (85.7 percent).

Junior defensive end Tarron Jackson led the Sun Belt and set a new Coastal single-season record with 10.0 sacks on the season and also led the team and ranked fifth in the Sun Belt with 13.0 tackles-for-loss, of which 9.5 came in conference play, while redshirt senior cornerback Chandler Kryst at one point led the nation and finished seventh in all of NCAA FBS with five interceptions on the season.

As a team, the Chants were fourth in the conference in punt return defense (6.43 yards allowed per game), fourth in fewest penalty yards (586), fourth in fewest penalty yards per game (48.83), fifth in fewest penalties (67), and fifth in fewest penalties per game (5.58), 

A total of 11 student-athletes earned Sun Belt Conference postseason honors, as Jackson was named to the All-Sun Belt first team, becoming only the second Chant to earn first-team all-conference honors since Coastal Carolina joined the Sun Belt in 2017.
 
Earning second-team honors was Kryst, while five Chants were named to the third team in tight end Isaiah Likely, offensive lineman Trey Carter, defensive tackle C.J. Brewer, nose tackle Sterling Johnson, and linebacker Teddy Gallagher.
 
Receiving honorable mention recognition was Marable, wide receiver Jaivon Heiligh, tight end Shadell Bell, and offensive lineman Ethan Howard.

In the classroom, redshirt junior Jonathan Clayton earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, while five other Chants in Kameron Burton, Carter, Gallagher, Michael McFarlane, and Alex Spillum joined Clayton on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 first team. 

In 2018, the Chants’ offense led the Sun Belt and ranked in the top 25 nationally in rushing yards per game, red zone offense, time of possession, first downs, and both third- and fourth-down conversion percentage for much of the season. CCU finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally in fourth-down conversion percentage (68.8), fewest penalties (52), fewest penalties per game (4.33) and fewest penalty yards (493).

Not only was 2017 Coastal’s first year in the NCAA Division I FBS, but the Chanticleers were forced to play four quarterbacks due to various injuries and for the second half of the season Coastal’s offensive line was the youngest in the nation as it featured two true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen, and a sophomore. Despite those facts, Coastal landed two offensive players on the All-Sun Belt team in running back Osharmar Abercrombie (third team) and wide receiver Malcolm Williams (third team) while offensive lineman Trey Carter and receiver Chris Jones were selected honorable mention. Despite CCU ranking seventh in scoring offense (23.7 ppg), the Chanticleers were second in the Sun Belt in red zone offense scoring 84.4 percent of the time.

Chadwell came to Coastal after four seasons as the head coach at Charleston Southern where he finished fourth in the FCS National Coach of the Year voting in 2015 and eighth in 2013. He was named Big South Coach of the Year three times (2013, 2015, and 2016), led CSU to conference titles in 2015 and 2016, and guided the Buccaneers to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship Playoffs in each of his last two years.

Over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, CSU was ranked in the top 25 for 22-consecutive weeks in addition to having a seven-week run to end the 2013 season in the top 25. The Bucs finished No. 6/7 nationally in 2015, was ranked in the top 10 for nine weeks in 2016, and finished ranked No. 14/15 in the final poll.

In 2016, Chadwell earned Big South Coach of the Year honors for the second-straight year and third time in four years, tying him for the most such accolades in conference history. CSU ranked 14th/15th in the final poll as the Bucs beat three ranked opponents along the way. In addition to Chadwell’s recognition as the league’s coach of the year, CSU had four players named All-America while 12 earned All-Big South honors. CSU was first in the Big South in yards per rush (6.0) with the Bucs also ranking among the nation’s best in rushing offense (266.5, 6th) and scoring offense (33.0, 20th).

CSU broke through on the national stage in a big way in 2015, compiling a 10-3 overall record and a 6-0 Big South mark en route to achieving a pair of firsts -- an outright conference championship and an automatic FCS Division I Championship bid. For his effort, Chadwell was a finalist for the second time for FCS National Coach of the Year, finishing fourth in the national voting. The Bucs finished the regular season as one of just three programs to go undefeated against fellow FCS competition. Chadwell was named Big South Coach of the Year for the second time after piloting a roster that included 13 all-conference selections and reaching the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. The Bucs finished the year a ranked program-best sixth in the STATS FCS poll and seventh in the FCS Coaches poll.

CSU was 8-4 in 2014, led the country in time of possession, and ranked 16th nationally in rushing offense. The Bucs’ aggressive defense also excelled and paced the Big South in total defense, rushing defense and pass defense.

Chadwell’s first year at Charleston Southern resulted in him being named the 2013 Big South Coach of the Year and the AFCA Region II Coach of the Year while finishing eighth in the voting for the Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year award. CSU set a school record for wins during a 10-3 season, climbed as high as No. 12 in the FCS Coaches Poll, spent the final seven weeks of the season in the coaches’ poll and finished the year ranked for the first time in school history at No. 22/24. CSU led the nation in average time of possession and was among national leaders in turnover margin and rushing offense. CSU shattered several school records during Chadwell’s first year and nine Bucs received Big South postseason awards.

Chadwell, a former Buccaneer assistant coach, returned to Charleston Southern after head coaching stops at Delta State, going 3-8 in his lone season (2012), and North Greenville, going 22-14 in three seasons.

After posting a 2-8 record in his first season as a head coach at North Greenville in 2009, Chadwell turned the program around in year two going 9-3. He then led NGU to the NCAA DII quarterfinals with an 11-3 record in year three. Chadwell led the Crusaders to their first-ever national ranking, finishing the 2011 season 12th in the American Football Coaches Association DII Poll.

Chadwell spent five seasons on Jay Mills’ staff at CSU (2004-08) and served as the recruiting coordinator, later adding offensive coordinator duties, before leaving for North Greenville. He helped the Bucs’ program reach new heights, including winning the 2005 Big South Conference title.

He began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater East Tennessee State in 2000. From 2000-03, the former Anderson County (Tenn.) High School star worked with the quarterbacks, tight ends and running backs while assisting with recruiting and offensive game planning.

Chadwell was a four-year letterman at ETSU (1996-99) and was a two-year team captain for the Buccaneers. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and business education in May 2000 from East Tennessee State. He also completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Charleston Southern in May 2006. 

Chadwell is married to the former Solmaz Zarrineh and the couple has one son, Jameson, and two daughters, Avery and Soraya.



Chadwell's Head Coaching Record
 

Year School Overall Record Conference Finish Postseason
2009 North Greenville 2-8 - -
2010 North Greenville 9-3 - -
2011 North Greenville 11-3 - DII Quarterfinals
2012 Delta State 3-7 t-5th -
2013 Charleston Southern 12-3 3rd -
2014 Charleston Southern 8-4 * t-3rd -
2015 Charleston Southern 10-3 * 1st * FCS Quarterfinals
2016 Charleston Southern 7-4 t-1st FCS First Round
2017 Coastal Carolina ^ 3-9 t-10th -
2019 Coastal Carolina 5-7 8th -
TOTALS 10 Seasons 68-51 *    


* CSU later vacated wins due to NCAA violations department wide (8 in 2014; 10 in 2015)
^ interim head coach

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Billy Napier

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Director of Athletics Dr. Bryan Maggard welcomed Billy Napier as the 27th Head Coach in Louisiana Football history on Dec. 15, 2017, and the results from the previous two seasons for the Ragin’ Cajuns have been a clear indicator of how far the program has come under Napier.

Louisiana reached unprecedented heights during the 2019 season after securing a record-breaking 11-3 overall record and a second-straight trip to the Sun Belt Championship Game after clinching the league's West Division title with a resounding 53-3 victory over Troy on Nov. 23.

Along the way, the Ragin’ Cajuns broke numerous school records on top of their win total, including the most points in a season (531) and the most total offense in a single season (6,918), while coaching the team to top-20 national rankings in total offense (494.1), rushing offense (257.4), scoring offense (37.9) and scoring defense (19.7).


As a result of his program’s success, Napier was voted the program’s first Sun Belt Coach of the Year, becoming the third Louisiana coach to earn the distinction of top coach and the first since
1993 when Nelson Stokley was named the Big West Conference's top coach.
 
Powering the way for Louisiana’s dynamic offense were three 2020 NFL Draft picks in Robert Hunt, Kevin Dotson and Raymond Calais. Hunt became the third-highest draft pick in team history when he was selected 39th overall by the Miami Dolphins, while Dotson, who was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Focus and a Second Team All-American by Sporting News, was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 135th pick. Calais was drafted in the Seventh Round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
 
Quarterback Levi Lewis was equally as productive under Napier’s tutelage, becoming first 3,000-yard passer in program history (3,050) and setting the single-season record for touchdown passes (26). His primary target was Ja’Marcus Bradley, who posted his second consecutive, 10-touchdown season after hauling in 60 passes for 906 yards before signing on with the Cleveland Browns.
 
Defensively, the team saw significant improvement in year two of Napier’s reign, ranking 18th nationally in scoring defense (19.7) and 47th nationally in total defense (371.8), up from No. 97 in the nation in 2018.

In Napier’s first season at the helm, the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-7, 5-3), utilizing a powerful offensive and opportunistic defense, won the 2018 Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship to
advance to the inaugural conference championship game. Louisiana booked its first bowl trip since 2016, heading to sunny Orlando, Florida, for the AutoNation Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium. It marked the first-ever season that Louisiana played a 14-game schedule with two postseason opportunities earned by the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Napier’s program hallmarks – integrity, togetherness, discipline, effort and toughness – instilled a renewed sense of identity in the Ragin’ Cajuns football program and that collectiveness helped Louisiana run off three consecutive wins to close the regular season. The streak of Sun Belt wins, first and secondly against Georgia State and South Alabama at home, followed by a regular
season finale victory at ULM, secured the Ragin’ Cajuns their West Division title, allowing Napier to deliver a trophy to Louisiana’s fans in Year One.

Serving as offensive play-caller, Napier reengineered the Ragin’ Cajuns quickly into a vaunted offensive attack. Louisiana ranked second in the Sun Belt in scoring offense (31.9 points per game), third in rushing offense (218.7 yards per game) and third in total offense (424.3 yards per game). 

The Ragin’ Cajuns were immediately able to pride themselves on precision and consistency, with the squad ranking 14th nationally in third-down conversion rate (49.6 percent) and 15th nationally
in red zone touchdown scoring rate (72.9 percent). Ball security was not an issue, as the Napier-led offense lost three fumbles in the entire 14-game 2018 season, ranking tied for first in the nation with Michigan, Mississippi State and Northwestern. 

Also serving as the program’s quarterbacks coach, Napier offered his tutelage to senior quarterback Andre Nunez, who became just the third-ever Ragin’ Cajun to throw for 20 touchdowns in a single season.  Sophomore signal caller Levi Lewis and Nunez were effective passes all season long, ranking first and second in the Sun Belt Conference for passer rating, with Lewis leading the way at 185.2 and Nunez not far behind at 176.2.

Napier came to the Ragin’ Cajuns from Arizona State where he served as Associate Head Coach, offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

As an assistant coach, Napier built a reputation around the coaching profession as one of the most talented recruiters in college football. He served as wide receivers coach at Alabama (2013-17), assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach at Colorado State (2012) and was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Clemson (2009-10).

Napier was instrumental in two National Championships at Alabama in 2011 and 2015 and has now coached in 12 bowl games (11 as an assistant coach) after the 2018 Cure Bowl appearance.

Arizona State (2017) 

In his first year with the program, Napier guided the Sun Devils’ offense to the 14th highest-graded offense in the FBS according to Pro Football Focus - including the 10th highest-graded passing attack in the nation. ASU was graded 54th in the nation in total offense last season and 86th in the passing game on the year. The offensive turnaround (+40 positions) was the eighth-largest in
the FBS and ASU was one of just three programs to move from outside the Top-50 to inside of it in just one season. The 76-spot swing in the passing game rankings was the third highest in all of the FBS (second among Power Five schools).

ASU developed one of the elite red zone scoring teams in the nation under Napier, tied for first nationally in converting on 95.83 percent of its red zone appearances (46-of-48) with the only two “blemishes” against the Sun Devils coming when the team took a knee late in the fourth quarter. ASU was 11th nationally in red zone touchdown scoring rate with 36 touchdowns on those 48 attempts (75.00).

Ball security was another notable facet of Napier’s offense. The Sun Devils turned the ball over just 11 times in 2017, which ranks 12th nationally after finishing 82nd in the country a year ago
with 21 turnovers.  ASU is 17th nationally with just five fumbles lost in 2017, and none of those have been by a running back. ASU’s six total interceptions this season are the 17th-fewest in the country with three of the six coming on tipped balls.

Alabama (2011, 2013-17)

Prior to Arizona State, Napier spent five seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Alabama. Napier served an integral role in achieving National Championships in 2011 and 2015
as part of the Alabama coaching staff and also coached in the 2016 National Championship game. 

He was instrumental in helping Nick Saban and Alabama achieve a 63-7 record in five seasons (2011, 2013-2016) and was part of the great run of 26 consecutive wins from 2015-2016.  In 70 games at Alabama, the Crimson Tide offense averaged 6.27 yards per play and 36.4 points per game. 

In 2016, Napier’s wide receiver corps were led by junior ArDarius Stewart and sophomore Calvin Ridley. Ridley led the way with 72 receptions while Stewart had a team high 864 yards. Ridley added 769 yards and seven scores while Stewart caught 54 passes with eight scores. Graduate transfer Gehrig Dieter caught 15 passes for 214 yards and four scores while Cam Sims also
hauled in 14 receptions for 152 yards.

Napier had to replace Amari Cooper in 2015 after the Tide’s career receptions leader was taken No. 4 overall in the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Stewart, senior transfer Richard Mullaney and Ridley emerged as the Tide’s go-to receivers after Robert Foster was lost in the third game to injury. Ridley led the team with a freshman-record 89 catches for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. Stewart added 63 catches for 700 yards and four touchdowns, while Mullaney had 38 catches for 390 yards and five scores.

Napier’s 2014 unit was led by Alabama’s first Biletnikoff Award winner in Cooper, who caught a school- and SEC-record 124 passes for a UA-record 1,727 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Cooper led the country in receptions (124), was second nationally in receiving yards (1,727), receiving touchdowns (16) and catches per game (8.9) while ranking third in yards per game (123.4). A Heisman Trophy finalist and unanimous first team All-American, Cooper smashed all of the Tide’s career receiving marks with 228 receptions, 3,463 yards and tied the SEC record with 31 receiving touchdowns. Senior DeAndrew White provided Alabama with a dangerous and reliable target opposite Cooper with 40 receptions for 504 yards and four scores.

In his first season as the Crimson Tide’s receivers coach in 2013, Napier built a deep and talented group of wide outs. Alabama had four players with at least 32 receptions, led by Cooper’s 45 catches for 736 yards. The wide receivers accounted for 72.1 percent of the passes caught in 2013 and 20 of the 30 passing touchdowns. Kevin Norwood produced a career year with seven touchdowns and 568 receiving yards on 38 grabs. Jones also caught 36 balls for 349 yards and White hauled in 32 catches for 534 yards and four scores.

Napier spent the 2011 season on the Alabama staff as an offensive analyst, helping the Crimson Tide win the 2011 BCS national championship. The Tide ranked 16th in scoring offense, 30th in total offense and 17th in rushing offense in 2011.

Colorado State (2012)

Prior to rejoining Alabama, Napier served as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at Colorado State in 2012 for former Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.

Injuries forced Napier to go deep down the bench looking for quarterbacks during his one season in Fort Collins. The Rams saw three quarterbacks play significant snaps as the starter with Garrett Grayson going down early in the season and M.J. McPeek following two weeks later, forcing redshirt freshman Conner Smith into action. The trio combined to throw for 2,520 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012 as Colorado State won three of its final five games.

Clemson (2003-04, 2006-10)

Prior to his first stretch at Alabama, Napier spent seven of the previous eight years in two different stints at Clemson. During Napier’s final two seasons at Clemson he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. At the age of 29, he became the youngest coordinator in the nation and in Clemson history. In his first season as Clemson’s coordinator, the 2009 Tigers scored a school-record 436 points and collected 54 touchdowns (third-most in school history), averaged 5.73 yards per play (fourth best) and finished as the ACC Atlantic Division champions. Quarterback Kyle Parker was named a Freshman All-American and nine players Napier coached from 2009-10 went on to have careers in the NFL.

Napier also served as Clemson’s recruiting coordinator from 2006-08. In those three seasons, he compiled two top-25 recruiting classes, according to Rivals.com, and in 2008, his class was tabbed as the second-best in the nation by ESPN.com. Known to his peers as a top recruiter, Napier signed several players who went on to the NFL, including Kavell Conner, Crezdon Butler, Brandon Thompson and Marcus Gilchrist.

Napier was the 2007-08 tight ends coach at Clemson, helping lead the Tigers to two bowl games and a prolific offense. The 2007 season featured a 9-4 record and the ACC’s highest-scoring offense. In his first year back with Clemson (2006), Napier worked primarily with the Tigers’ tight ends but also was responsible for the punt team and assisted in several special-teams capacities. The 2006 Tigers led the ACC in total offense, rushing and scoring offense, advancing to the Music City Bowl.

Clemson averaged 410.9 yards per game and 32.7 points, more than doubling its opponent’s totals. Tight end Hunter Thomas started all 11 games for the Tigers, averaging 19.1 yards per reception. Michael Palmer, who Napier coached for three seasons, went on to the NFL.  He also worked with the special teams units, helping develop one of the most talented players in Clemson history, C.J. Spiller.

Napier began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Clemson in 2003-04. The Tigers won nine games, including the Peach Bowl against Tennessee. The following season, Napier was a graduate assistant on defense, and gained his first experience with recruiting off the field.

South Carolina State (2005)

In 2005, Napier spent one season as the quarterbacks coach and play caller at South Carolina State. The Bulldogs finished the year 9-2 and ranked among the nation’s best in several offensive categories, including: rushing (12th), passing efficiency (15th) and scoring offense (17th). S.C. State also had the country’s fourth-best turnover margin, committing only 11 turnovers, roughly one-third of the total from the previous season (32). Napier developed Cleve McCoy and molded him into the MEAC Player of the Year. He also recruited offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath, who became a unanimous All-America selection and was drafted by the Detroit Lions.

Background

As a player, Napier was a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-Southern Conference selection as the starting quarterback at Furman. The Paladins won two conference championships and in 2001, Napier’s junior year, advanced to the Division I-AA national championship game, losing to Montana.

He completed 64.8-percent of his career passes, setting a school record. As the team captain during a record-setting senior season, Napier amassed 2,475 passing yards, also a Furman record, and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding FCS offensive player.

Napier grew up in Chatsworth, Georgia, and graduated from Murray County High School in 1998. He is married to the former Ali Gunn and the couple has a daughter, Annie, and sons, Sammy Nelson and Charlie. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in health & exercise science from Furman in 2002.

 

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Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian returned to head coach Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in January of 2019 and the decision immediately paid dividends as the Crimson Tide’s offense was among the most explosive in school history in his first season back. Year two in Tuscaloosa will feature a new full-time signal caller but an offense filled with dangerous skill players and one of the best offensive lines in the nation. 

The 2019 Alabama offense averaged a school-record 47.2 points per game, which ranked second nationally while averaging 510.8 yards per game. Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones combined to throw for 4,449 yards and 49 touchdowns which equated to a school-record 342.2 passing yards per game that ranked third nationally. Alabama’s 199.61 passing efficiency rating was not only a school record but the second-best mark in NCAA history. 

Prior to his return to the Capstone, Sarkisian was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. During his two years coordinating the Falcons’ scheme, Sarkisian built one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. The 2018 unit finished in the top 10 in the NFL in passing yards (fourth – 4,653 yards), total yards (sixth – 6,226 yards) and 10th in scoring (25.9 ppg). Quarterback Matt Ryan was third in the NFL in passing yards (4,924 yards) while tossing 35 touchdowns. Wide receiver Julio Jones caught 113 passes for 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns and Calvin Ridley added 64 catches for 821 yards and a team-high 10 scores. Jones led the league in receiving yards in 2018 while Ridley paced all rookies in receiving yards and touchdowns.

In 2017, two pieces of the Falcons offense, center Alex Mack and Jones, were selected to the Pro Bowl. Atlanta led the NFL in third-down percentage in his first season while finishing eighth in the league in passing offense (249.4) and third in yards per play (5.93). 

Sarkisian served as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game after spending the 2016 season with Alabama as an analyst prior to being promoted. 

Sarkisian not only boasts play-calling experience at the highest levels of football, but seven years as a Football Bowl Subdivision head coach. He guided the Southern Cal program in 2014-15 and the Washington Huskies from 2009-13. He posted a head coaching record of 46-35 over those seven seasons while leading his teams to five bowl appearances. 

During his time as head coach at USC, Sarkisian led the Trojans to a 12-6 overall record including a second-place finish in the Pac-12’s Southern Division in 2014. His 2014 offense ranked in the top 25 nationally in passing efficiency (fourth – 165.35), passing offense (15th – 296.6 ypg), third down conversions (19th – 46.6 percent) and scoring offense (22nd – 35.8 ppg).

At Washington, Sarkisian inherited a program in 2009 that had won just 12 games during the previous five seasons, including a winless season the year prior. Despite that challenge, he guided the Huskies to bowl games his last four seasons. His eight victories in 2013 were the most at UW since 2000. His overall Washington record was 34-29, and his tenure in Seattle resulted in eight wins over Associated Press Top 25 teams (No. 3 USC, No. 19 California in 2009; No. 18 USC, No. 18 Nebraska and No. 24 Oregon State in 2010; No. 7 Oregon State and No. 8 Stanford in 2012; No. 13 Boise State in 2013). 

Among the UW players Sarkisian coached were nine NFL draftees, including quarterback Jake Locker, cornerback Desmond Trufant, linebackers Donald Butler and All-American Mason Foster, defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and tailback Bishop Sankey, plus All-Pac-12 tailback Chris Polk.

Sarkisian arrived at Southern Cal as an assistant in 2001 and took over as the quarterbacks coach in 2002, where he tutored quarterback Carson Palmer to the Heisman Trophy and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. After spending the 2004 season as the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders, Sarkisian returned to the Trojan staff in February of 2005 as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for four seasons (2005-08). He added the offensive coordinator role to his duties in 2007 and 2008 at USC.

At USC, Sarkisian coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks in Palmer and Matt Leinart, along with NFL signal-callers Mark Sanchez, John David Booty and Matt Cassel. The Trojans went 23-3 during his tenure as the offensive coordinator.

Sarkisian starred at the quarterback position at the prep, collegiate and pro levels. He spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for three seasons (1997-99) following his collegiate career at BYU.

While with the Cougars from 1995-96, he completed 549-of-824 passes (66.6 percent) for 7,755 yards and 55 touchdowns. His 162.0 career passing efficiency rating was third on the all-time NCAA list when he finished playing. As a senior in 1996, he led the nation in passing efficiency (173.6, the fourth-best mark in NCAA history at the time), leading the Cougars to the WAC championship and a win in the 1997 Cotton Bowl. He was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1996 and earned second team All-America honors.  

Sarkisian earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from BYU in 1997 after getting his associate’s degree in general studies from El Camino College in 1994.

He is married to the former Loreal Smith, who competed and coached in track and field. He has two daughters, Ashley and Taylor, and a son, Brady.

 

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Shane Beamer

 

College playing career[edit]

Beamer chose to walk on as a wide receiver at Virginia Tech over an offer of a partial scholarship from Division I-AA Charleston Southern.[1] Later, he moved to long snapper, the position he played during the Hokies' 1999 season, in which they played for the national championship.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets[edit]

Following Beamer's playing career, he became a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech under George O'Leary. Beamer's team was scheduled to play against his father in the 2000 Black Coaches Association Classic to open the season,[2] but the game was canceled because of lightning and Georgia Tech refused to reschedule it.[3]

Tennessee Volunteers[edit]

From 2001 - 2003, Shane served as a graduate assistant under Phillip Fulmer at the University of Tennessee.

Mississippi State Bulldogs[edit]

In 2004, Beamer was hired by Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State to coach corners where three of his players earned All-SEC Freshmen honors. In 2006, he assumed the role of recruiting coordinator and brought in a class that included former San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon.

South Carolina Gamecocks[edit]

In 2007, Shane was hired by Steve Spurrier at the University of South Carolina to coach outside linebackers and to serve as the special team coordinator.[4] In 2008, the Gamecock defense finished 2nd in pass defense and 13th in total defense nationally. His 2009 special teams unit blocked five kicks, tying for the SEC lead and ranking eighth in the nation, while the Gamecock defensive unit finished third in the SEC in total defense and fifteenth in the nation.[5]

In his final two years in Columbia, Beamer also served as recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks. The 2009 class was ranked 12th best in the nation by Scout.com and Rivals.com and included future NFL draft picks Stephon Gillmore and Alshon Jeffery.[5] Both the 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes ranked in the top 25 and included former South Carolina stars Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw.[5]

Virginia Tech Hokies[edit]

Beamer joined his father in Blacksburg in 2011 as the running backs coach. In his first year, he tutored the school's single season rushing record holder, All-American and ACC Player of the Year, David Wilson.[5] Wilson was subsequently drafted in the first round by the New York Giants.

Beamer accepted Wake Forest game plan information prior to Virginia Tech's game against the Demon Deacons in 2014. The information was provided by Demon Deacons radio analyst Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest player and assistant coach who was at the center of what became the "Wakeyleaks" scandal. Virginia Tech eventually lost the game 6-3 in overtime after a 0-0 tie in regulation. The accusations came to light in 2016 when Beamer had moved on to an assistant coach position at the University of Georgia. Beamer denies providing the information to the coaching staff or players but was fined $25,000 by Georgia for his part in the scandal.[6][7]

Georgia Bulldogs[edit]

Beamer was hired on January 5, 2016 to serve on Kirby Smart's staff as the tight ends coach/ special teams coordinator. [8]

Oklahoma Sooners[edit]

On January 22, 2018, the University of Oklahoma hired Beamer to be Assistant Head Coach under Lincoln Riley[9]

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