Coach Shawn Elliott Signs Extension with Georgia State Through 2025
Shawn Elliott high-fives snapper Charlie Flint following a successful extra point in Georgia State’s 52-33 win in 2019 over Troy. Photo: Jordan Crawford for THERSdayNight.com
Georgia State head football coach Shawn Elliott has been rewarded for his work in building up the Panthers program with a new contract extension that has a base salary of $700,000 a year, news first reported by Ben Moore of 247Sports. Elliott, 47, has a 17-23 record and has led the program to two bowl appearances during his four years in Atlanta. He entered the 2020 season with two years left on his deal but will now see his contract last through the 2025 season. With additional bonuses available for successes ranging from bowl appearances, winning the Sun Belt Conference and appearing in a New Year’s Six Bowl, Coach Elliott can earn up to $1.03 million each season.
Shawn Elliott was named head coach at Georgia State on December 8, 2016 after serving as the offensive line coach, and later co-offensive coordinator, at South Carolina for seven years. He also served as the interim head coach for the Gamecocks for six games during the 2015 season, following the retirement of legendary college coach Steve Spurrier. Coming off a disappointing 3-9 campaign in 2016, Georgia State got right back on track in Coach Elliott’s first season in charge. The Panthers finished 2017 with a 7-5 record – the program’s first winning record since the inaugural 2010 season – after earning their first ever bowl win by beating Western Kentucky 27-17 in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. The program reached new heights under Coach Elliott at the start of the 2019 season when they recorded their first win over a power-conference opponent, going up to Knoxville and knocking off the Tennessee Volunteers 38-30. The 2019 Panthers went on to set records on offense all season and finished with a program-best 7-5 regular season record, earning a berth in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in Tucson against Wyoming. This marks the first time a Georgia State football coach has been given an extension on their initial contract.