He is credited with being a part of the team that laid the foundation for the schools great history of winning. The 2005 season saw the first time the Blazers started the season ranked No. Earle Solomonson accomplished this at North Dakota State University in 1985.[7]. Goff's first season saw the Blazers record an undefeated regular season, a second consecutive GSC championship and extend their winning streak to 25 consecutive games before being upset in the second round of the playoffs by West Florida, 38–35. Bell was also the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators from 1984 through 1987. In 1994 the Blazer won a school record 11 victories and Quarterback Chris Hatcher won the Harlon Hill Award as player of the year in NCAA Division II football. Dean, who has served as the Blazers’ offensive coordinator the last seven … Valdosta would defeat UWA after playing them again in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs. Mumme took over as head coach at Valdosta State University in 1992. 2019 Ed Orgeron (LSU) 2018 Dabo Swinney (Clemson) 2017 Scott Frost (UCF) 2016 P.J. THE OFFICIAL FOOTBALL SITE OF THE. The stadium is also the home of the historical Valdosta High School Wildcats. Skip To Main Content. In a resolution presented by the Valdosta Touchdown Club, the Board of Education officially named the stadium at Cleveland Field, Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on September 9th, 1996. 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Jake Walker- Valdosta State . In Coach Bell's first season, 2016, the Blazers finished the season 8–3. He served as an assistant coach in the college ranks for many years as well as head coach for a pair of high schools and at the University of West Alabama from 1997 through 2000. Blazer offensive coordinator becomes eighth head coach in VSU history VALDOSTA, Ga. - David Dean has been named head coach of the Valdosta State football team, according to an announcement made by VSU President Dr. Ronald Zaccari Friday afternoon. 7 in the AFCA coaches poll, before finishing the regular season ranked No. Despite the demands for a team, Valdosta State University, then Valdosta State College, did not form a football team until 1982. [5] On January 25, 2017, Dean was named the new head coach of former Gulf South Conference rival West Georgia. In 2004, Hatcher led the Blazers to their second National Championship appearance with and a 36–31 win over Pittsburg State University for the National title. Press Release: LHS’ Head Football Coach, Jamey DuBose, has announced three new additions to the Viking Coaching Staff. Valdosta (Valdosta, GA) NFL Player Stats. Who else was coaching on the 1993 Valdosta State team? Blazer head coach Mike Cavan, who was instrumental in turning around the Valdosta State football fortunes last season, is the center piece of the 1987 puzzle, [1], Dean was an assistant coach at Avondale High School in Avondale Estates, Georgia in 1987. VSU finished 4th in the Gulf South Conference in 2011. The Blazers then capped off the season with an eight-game winning streak and their second National Championship title win against Northwest Missouri State University, 25–20. Dean left Valdosta State to coach a single, unsuccessful year as co-offensive coordinator at FBS program Georgia Southern; both co-coordinators were fired after one year. In 2002, Valdosta parted ways with Mike O’Brien, whose eight-year record was 70-20-1. He stayed on at Valdosta State as a student assistant after suffering a career-ending knee injury. 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The Blazers then capped off the season with an eight-game winning streak and their second national championship title win against Northwest Missouri State University, 25–20. Quarterback Rogan Wells was runner-up in the voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy. David Dean was named head coach of the Blazers in 2007 after Chris Hatcher took the head coaching job at Georgia Southern University. [13] Bell was formerly the head coach for the Jacksonville Dolphins, prior to joining Valdosta State. From 2000 to 2006 he was offensive coordinator for Valdosta. In the Blazers first season, under the direction of Head Coach Jim Goodman, the team finished with a 5–5–1 record. Sennua Lawson-Southeastern. In 1994 the Blazer won a school-record 11 victories, and with quarterback Chris Hatcher, played in the program's first national football tournament. Valdosta had been ranked as high as No. His assignments at Northeast included coaching the defensive line, linebackers, tight ends and It is the national sport of most European and Latin-American countries and of many other nations. TD CLUB. 18. In 2011, the Blazers had another 6–4 season and missed the Division II playoffs. Jack Rudolphwas the defensive coordi… Two notable alumni are Jessie Tuggle, National Football League linebacker from 1987–2000 playing his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons, and Chris Hatcher was quarterback in the programs first national football tournament in 1994 and was that year's Harlon Hill Trophy winner. In 2009 VSU finished in 3rd in the Gulf South Conference and 4th in 2011. He was a graduate assistant for the team in 1986. On January 25, 2019, VSU announced former Tiffin head coach Gary Goff as the tenth head coach in program history. The record had them finishing 5th in conference, a usual bad finish for them. Dean was a runner up for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in 2008 for Division II. He has been named Coach of the Year five times and in 2018 was presented the state’s highest honor, the Ethics in Coaching Award. Head coach Hal Mumme (center) and then-offensive coordinator Mike Leach (right) on the sidelines at Valdosta State. Chris Hatcher was named the head coach of the Blazers in 2000. The Blazers were also GSC Champions in 2004 after an 11–1 regular season. Larry Nesler joined the Valdosta State football staff as its offensive coordinator just in time for spring prac­ tice last April. ... Michael Eaddy- Valdosta State . Dean left Valdosta State to coach a single, unsuccessful year as co-offensive coordinator at FBS program Georgia Southern; both co-coordinators were fired after one year. In 2012 the Blazers posted a 12–2 record for the year and beat Winston-Salem State University 35–7 in the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in Florence, Alabama. Community Coach Football; Gary Goff: Head Football Coach gwgoff@valdosta.edu (229) 333-5970 (229) 333-5970: Lee Stalker: Defensive Coordinator lastalker@valdosta.edu (229) 333-5970 (229) 333-5970: Kerry Webb: Running Backs / Special Teams football@valdosta.edu Kay Harris, Editor.2006. His first season got his era off to a great start with them starting off ranked No. During his second season in 2017 the Blazers finished 5-4 overall and 5–3 in conference. Dean led the Blazers to an 8–3 record and back into the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2010, marking the third time in his four years he has led his squad to postseason play. Valdosta State football has been a Division II powerhouse in their 39-year history. Coach of the Year. Dean served as the head football coach at Valdosta State University from 2007 to 2015, compiling a record of 79–27 in nine season. Valdosta GA, 31601 [email protected] In their storied history, Valdosta High School's football program has won 41 regional, 23 state and. HOME. 1 for four weeks but finished with a 9–3 record and their fifth straight playoff berth. 2008 and 2010 were the only years VSU has made it to the NCAA Division II playoffs since the 2007 National Championship season. 2. 4 in the AFCA poll[10] in the first weeks of the 2011 season. During his time in Titletown, Goff helped lead the Blazers to their first Gulf South Conference title in 1996 and the first two NCAA playoff seasons in program history in … ROSTER AND COACHES. 1 in the polls. The "Hatch-Attack" completed its first season 10–2, and were Gulf South Conference Champions with an 8–1 conference record, a dramatic improvement from their previous 4–7 season. Kerwin Bell, former Florida Gator quarterback, led the Valdosta State team that won the 2018 Division II National Championship. 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Coaches Wright Bazemore (1941-1942,1946-1971) and Nick Hyder (1974-1995) combined for fifty years of service to our youth and community. Monday, April 6, 2020 Hatcher was also Valdosta State's head football coach from 2000–2006 and amassed a 68–10 record with one national championship and four conference crowns during his six-year tenure at Valdosta State.[4]. In both 1994 and 1996 he led the team to the NCAA Division II playoff quarterfinals; Valdosta State had never made the playoffs previously. Awards. Dean is only the second head coach to lead his team to a national championship in his first season. In 2003, the Blazers finished the season with a 10–2 record and an NCAA playoff berth. UWF football: Argo coaches return to site of pivotal pre-UWF matchup. The Blazers play in Bazemore–Hyder Stadium in Valdosta, Georgia, which has a capacity of 11,249. Erskine Russell won three NCAA titles at Georgia Southern, Paul Johnson won two at the Statesboro school. To recognize the 25th anniversary of the VSU football program, the Blazers wore silver helmets and pants in 2006. Miller played running back at Valdosta State for two seasons (1994-95) under Leach, who was offensive coordinator at the time. After a 2–2 start to the 2012 season, the Blazers won their next 10 straight games and defeated Winston-Salem State University 35–7 in the NCAA Division II Championship game in Florence, Alabama. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A viral video of an adult coach pushing a young player has led to charges for a Savannah, Georgia youth football coach. Dean was previously the offense coordinator for the Blazers. Hatcher left VSU after the 2006 season to be the head football coach at Georgia Southern University, he left Valdosta State with a 76–12 overall record, a .864 winning percentage, and was the winningest coach in Blazer history. 4 in the AFCA poll[3] in the first weeks of the 2011 season. [11] Dean left the Blazers to coach a single, unsuccessful year as co-offensive coordinator at FBS program Georgia Southern; both co-coordinators were fired after one year. David Dean is the first football coach in Valdosta State's history to win two national titles. The Blazers also have won 7 Gulf South Conference football championships (1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2018). PCHS FOOTBALL COLLEGIATE ATHLETES. 2008 saw the Blazers make it to the second round of the playoffs and a 9–3 season. In 2002 VSU made its first National Championship appearance with a 31–24 loss to Grand Valley State University. "Grid Times" Valdosta State University Football Preview 2006. David Dean is the only football coach in Valdosta State history to win two national championships. Fleck (Western Michigan) 2015 Tom Herman (Houston) Approved by the Board of … 1 in the nation in Division II for part of the 1996 season when they won their first Gulf South Conference championship. Eric J. Wallace. The win gave VSU its third Division II National title in eight years. He is the head football coach at Samford University, a position he has held since 2014.Hatcher served as the head football coach at Valdosta State University from 2000 to 2006, Georgia Southern University from 2007 to 2009, and Murray State University from 2010 to 2014. Valdosta Daily Times. Valdosta posted an 8–3 record in 2010 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. 17. The 2018 season saw the Blazers go the campaign unbeaten at 14–0, earning the seventh GSC championship in program history and a fourth national championship by defeating Ferris State University 49–47 in the National Championship Game in McKinney, Texas. The team is division two of the Gulf South Conference. In 2009, after a 6–4 season in which they finished third in the Gulf South Conference, the Blazers did not make the postseason for the first time under Dean, and for the first time since 2006. The Wildcats have 100 players on their football all-time roster. VIDEOS. West Virginia coach … Bobby Johns (born May 17, 1946) is a former football coach. Posted by Paige Dauer WALB … Valdosta State University has had a football team since 1981. From their start in 1981, the Blazers have won four national championships since 2004, and they’ve consistently had revolutionary offenses that paved the way for what college football looks like today. [7][8] Dean was also named the 2007 Division II Coach of the Year by American Football Weekly and Schutt Sports. The cover features five of the important ingredients to the success of the 1987 Valdosta State football team. Kerwin Bell was named head coach of the Blazers on January 22, 2016. J.H. Valdosta State. He became head coach of Valdosta High School in 1974, after serving as athletic director and head football coach for West Rome High School. In 2010, he was the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year for NCAA Division II Region 2 and the Gulf South Conference's Co-Coach of the Year. Delta State University defeated the Blazers 35–31, despite being down 28 points at the beginning of the second half. 2008 saw the Blazers make it to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and a 9–3 season, 6–2 in the Gulf South Conference. In the 127-year history of the sports in this state, only three coaches have won multiple national championships at any level. Site Last Updated: Friday, December 4, 6:47AM Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? 1993 Valdosta State Football Coaches and Staff. The season saw them playing three televised games on espn going 1–3 in those matchups. So though Nobles was part of Valdosta State's 2012 national championship team, his accomplishments at … In 2001 and 2002, the Blazers went undefeated during the regular season, and were GSC Champions for the third year in a row. The video, posted to … The program began under Valdosta State president Hugh C. Bailey and a majority vote by the VSC student body. The team was consistently ranked in the Division II top 20 and was ranked No. The following is a list of players that attended Valdosta State who were drafted in the NFL Draft from 1960-present. On January 10, 2019, Bell left Valdosta State to accept the offensive coordinator position at South Florida.[15]. VSU finished the season ranked No. Rodemaker’s departure marks at second time that Valdosta has fired a coach who won a state title. The Valdosta State football team represents Valdosta State University in football. They lost in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs to UNC-Pembroke 24–21. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. He is also a former college football All-American defensive back who played for legendary coach Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Ware County Coach Jason Strickland discusses his Gators and the new Georgia Football Coaches Association and more discussion on the Valdosta High coaching job. [12] David Dean is the only football coach in Valdosta State history to win two national championships. 1 in the country in Division II and were the Gulf South Conference Champions for the first time in school history. [6], Dean was the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coach of the Year in NCAA Division II in 2007 and in 2012, after seasons culminating in National Championships. Brad Porter – Valdosta High Head Coach Coach Porter enters his twenty-second year as a high school head coach. Goff played for former Blazer head coach Hal Mumme and former offensive coordinator Mike Leach at Valdosta State and graduated in 1996. STADIUM DIRECTIONS. David Dean is only the second head coach to lead his team to a National Championship in his first season. More. From 1993 to 1999 he was an assistant at University of West Georgia. NFL Draft - Players from Valdosta State. Valdosta High School 4590 Inner Perimeter Road, Valdosta, GA 31601 Phone: 229-333-8540 Fax: 229-333-8584 Follow us on: Facebook; Twitter; YouTube; Instagram; RSS [4] VSU finished second in the Gulf South Conference after losing to the University of West Alabama. Washington State coach Mike Leach was the offensive coordinator under head coach Hal Mumme at Valdosta State from 1992-96. After beginning the year unranked, the Blazers rose as high as #7 in the AFCA poll, before finishing the regular season ranked #17. Delta State University defeated the Blazers 35–31, despite being down 28 points at the beginning of the second half. [5] That year the Blazers missed the playoffs for the first time in the Chris Hatcher Era, despite an 8–2 record and a top-ten ranking. In 2004, the Blazers returned to the National Championship, this time defeating Pittsburg State University 36–31. Sanders, Publisher. VSC had its first winning season in 1986 with a 9–2 record led by All-American Jessie Tuggle. 3 Blazers Claim Fourth National Title with 49-47 Thriller over No. Darius Foreman-LaGrange College . During Goff's playing days he led the Blazers to their first ever championship in 1996. After beginning the year unranked, the Blazers rose as high as No. Other coaches include Mike Cavan, Hal Mumme, and Mike Kelly. [16] Goff, a former Blazer captain and 1996 graduate of VSU, had gone 23-10 the prior three seasons at Tiffin. Mumme's record at Valdosta State was 40–17–1. The Blazers are a member of the Gulf South Conference (GSC) in NCAA Division II. In 2007, the "Dean Machine" started the season with five straight wins. Valdosta had been ranked as high as No. Dean was previously the offense coordinator for the Blazers. The two seasons were a part of a GSC record 35 straight regular season victories. During this period Valdosta played in the Division II title game in 2002 and won the national championship in 2004.[1]. 1. In his first season in 2000 his quarterback Dusty Bonner won the Harlon Hill Trophy. In 2007, Dean was named head coach of the Blazers in 2007 after Chris Hatcher took the head coaching job at Georgia Southern University. Main Navigation Menu. He was an assistant at Valdosta from 1988 to 1992. It started at the top, with Athletic Director Herb Reinhard, who […] Are … The official Football page for the Valdosta State University Blazers. View career profiles, stats, photos and video highlights. FACILITIES. [14] The Blazers were the highest scoring team in Division II, totaling 728 points for an average of 52 points per game. Valdosta State University (2014 MEd) Coaching Experience Lowndes High 2010-11(Community Coach) Berrien High School 2012 Worth High School 2013 Pelham High School 2014 (Defensive Coordinator) Lowndes High School 2015-Present Wife – Lisa Children – Kaci, Peyton, Paisley Dean walked onto the Georgia Tech football team in 1982 and earned a scholarship the following year playing through the 1985 as a wide receiver. [8] In 2010, the VSU team tied with Delta State and Henderson State for the Gulf South Conference Championship,[9] the only one in Dean's five years as head coach. David Dean is the first football coach in Valdosta State's history to win two national titles. [2] This was the third straight championship appearance by the Bearcats, also the third straight time the Bearcats lost the national championship game. David Dean Named Valdosta State's New Football Coach. In 1996, with quarterback Lance Funderburk, the blazers spent a week ranked No. Kudos to Brick Prison's ONLINE Theatrical Event. The first athlete from the VSC football team to play professional football was Jesse Tuggle. SCHEDULES & RESULTS. His team won the NCAA Division II Football Championship in 2007 and in 2012. Hatcher was the 1994 Harlon Hill Trophy winner. The Blazers have won a total of four Division II National Championship titles (2004, 2007, 2012 and 2018).[2]. Dean won a pair of titles at Valdosta State, claiming crowns following the 2007 and 2012 seasons. Valdosta Athletics. The "Dean Machine" started the season with five straight wins. The Booneville, Miss., native came to VSC from Northeast Louisiana University where he coached for two seasons. Earle Solomonson accomplished this at North Dakota State University in 1985. [3] In 2007, the Blazers defeated Northwest Missouri State University 25–20 for their second National Championship title. David Dean (born February 3, 1964) is an American football coach and former player, currently head coach of the West Georgia Wolves. Chris Hatcher (born February 18, 1973) is an American football coach and former player. David Dean was named head coach of the Blazers in 2007 after Chris Hatcher took the head coaching job at Georgia Southern University. [6] This was the third straight championship appearance by the Bearcats, also the third straight time the Bearcats have lost the National Championship game. He played football at Elizabethton High School and Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. The VSC/VSU Football program began in 1982, and its first coach was Jim Goodman. For the 2006 Season the Blazers wore silver helmets to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the VSU football program. In 2002, the Blazers went to their first National Championship game against Grand Valley State, losing 31–24. 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