Malzahn to be Named Head Football Coach at Arkansas State

For Immediate Release:  December 14, 2011

Arkansas State University

Contact: Jerry Scott (870-972-3405)

JONESBORO (12/14/11) – The Arkansas State University Department of Athletics will hold a 3:30 p.m. press conference today, announcing Gus Malzahn as the Red Wolves’ 28th head football coach. The press conference will be held on the ASU?campus at the Convocation Center auditorium.

A name highly recognized throughout Arkansas and the nation, Malzahn comes to Arkansas State after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn for the past three seasons.  A native of Ft. Smith, Malzahn was named the winner of the 2010 Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate assistant coach. 

While at Auburn, he coached 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and helped direct the Tigers to the 2011 BCS National Championship.  Under Malzahn’s direction, Newton later became the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after producing one of the best single-season quarterback performances in collegiate history.  Newton threw for 2,908 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,586 yards and an additional 20 touchdowns as Auburn finished 14-0 and defeated Oregon 22-19 in the BCS title game.

Before coaching at Auburn, Malzahn spent two seasons at Tulsa, coordinating a Golden Hurricane offense that finished first nationally in total offense in 2007 and 2008.  Prior to his time at Tulsa, he coached one season at Arkansas, where he served as offensive coordinator, coached Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden and helped the Razorbacks finish fourth nationally in rushing offense at 228.5 yards per game.

Leading up to his time at Arkansas, Malzahn spent 14 years as a high school head coach in his home state, winning three state championships while directing seven teams to the title game.

Malzahn will be recognized at halftime of tonight’s ASU-Seattle men’s basketball game.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Those attending the afternoon press conference should enter at the Convocation Center’s lower red entrance to gain access to the auditorium.    The press conference is open to working media and the public.

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Jerry Scott
Arkansas State University
Asst. AD / Sports Information Dir,
870-972-3405 (office)
870-243-6021 (cell)
astateredwolves.com

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