Georgia Southern has officially announced the hiring of head coach Willie Fritz.
— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) January 10, 2014
Georgia Southern has announced Willie Fritz as their new head football coach. Fritz is making the move from Stephen F. Austin, where he had been the head coach since 2010. He led the Bearkats toa 9-5 record this past season with a finish in the second round of the FCS playoffs this past year after being the runner up in the FCS Championship the previous two seasons to North Dakota State.
Georgia Southern is moving up to division-I next season and will be part of the Sun Belt Conference after being an effective FCS program for a while. They have won six national championships in their history and finished earned a lot of press for their impressive victory over Florida this past year in The Swamp.
Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern’s previous head coach, left the program to coach Army. Monken ran a triple option attack, which is what would make him attractive to Army, but Fritz did not run that offense at Stephen F. Austin, so they could be making a significant change in their offensive philosophy.