Georgia Southern hires Tyson Summers as head coach


Georgia Southern hires Tyson Summers as head coach

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FT COLLINS, CO - AUGUST 10: Colorado State Tyson Summers defensive coordinator/safeties addresses the media during Colorado State's football media day August 10, 2015. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Tyson Summers will be named the next head coach at Georgia Southern, according to a release from the school.

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He will be introduced at a press conference in Statesboro on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Before accepting the job, Summers was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Colorado State University under former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. His passing defense there was ranked 20th in the nation, the release said.

Summers the defensive coordinator at Central Florida from 2012-14, where his total defense was among the top 10 overall in his final year. He was on the staff that won the Fiesta Bowl in 2014.

Summers, who is from Tifton, Georgia, has been with a handful of programs in his career.

He was an assistant coach at Tift County High School in 2002. He spent one year at Presbyterian, his alma mater, as the defensive backs coach in 2003 before serving as a graduate assistant at Troy and Georgia in 2004 and 2005, respectively. 

He then spent one year as the safeties coach at Georgia Southern in 2006 before spending five seasons on the staff at UAB, from 2007 to 2011, before joining UCF.

Summers fills the role vacated by Willie Fritz, who accepted a head coaching job at Tulane.

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