Panthers Add QB Ellington to Coaching Ranks
Former Georgia State Quarterback Dan Ellington is set to return to the Panthers this fall as an assistant coach. The announcement came Friday morning in a press release from Georgia State Athletics. Ellington was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at quarterback and is best remembered for orchestrating a program-defining win against Tennessee to open the 2019 season. Ellington will look to translate his on-field success into a role as an offensive assistant coach, working primarily with the running backs. He will also work with other positions groups such as the quarterbacks and the wide receivers.
The news was confirmed Friday by head coach Shawn Elliott who had nothing but praise for the former Panthers quarterback. “Dan Ellington is going to bring everything that he brought to the field as a player to our coaching staff. He’s very tough, he’s got great love for the game and great knowledge. And he’s got an unbelievable personality that people gravitate to, which will help us tremendously in recruiting.”
Ellington’s transition from quarterback to the sidelines should come as no surprise. He graduated from Georgia State with a degree in education last week and has previously voiced an interest in coaching. “I’ve known that I wanted to coach since ninth grade. I knew I always wanted to be part of football.” Ellington said. “I really appreciate Coach Elliott for this opportunity, and I’m excited to learn from the great coaches that we have on the staff. More than anything, I want to help bring a Sun Belt Championship to Georgia State. That was the goal as a player, and now it’s the goal as a coach.”
“What a thrill it is for this young man to earn this opportunity,” Coach Elliott added. “It’s not given; he definitely earned it because of what he’s done for our University and what he will do in the future. What he did for our football program and everything that he stood for in his two years as a student-athlete was amazing.”
Ellington will join Cory Peoples (cornerbacks) and Brian Landis (linebackers) as the newest additions to Shawn Elliott’s coaching staff for the upcoming season.
The Panthers are scheduled to open their season at home vs. Murray State on September 5th.
GEORGIA STATE FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF
Shawn Elliott, Head Coach
Nate Fuqua, Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
Brad Glenn, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Thomas Austin, Offensive Line
Chris Collins, Safeties
Dan Ellington, Offensive Assistant
Brian Landis, Inside Linebackers
Trent McKnight, Wide Receivers
Cory Peoples, Cornerbacks
Travian Robertson, Defensive Line
Josh Stepp, Tight Ends/Running Backs