[14] The Blazers were the highest scoring team in Division II, totaling 728 points for an average of 52 points per game. Earle Solomonson accomplished this at North Dakota State University in 1985.[7]. In 2009 VSU finished in 3rd in the Gulf South Conference and 4th in 2011. Hatcher was the 1994 Harlon Hill Trophy winner. In 2007, the "Dean Machine" started the season with five straight wins. The cover features five of the important ingredients to the success of the 1987 Valdosta State football team. Posted by Paige Dauer WALB … Valdosta Athletics. Valdosta had been ranked as high as No. [3] In 2007, the Blazers defeated Northwest Missouri State University 25–20 for their second National Championship title. 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. The video, posted to … It started at the top, with Athletic Director Herb Reinhard, who […] 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. Kudos to Brick Prison's ONLINE Theatrical Event. 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. 2008 and 2010 were the only years VSU has made it to the NCAA Division II playoffs since the 2007 National Championship season. STADIUM DIRECTIONS. Ware County Coach Jason Strickland discusses his Gators and the new Georgia Football Coaches Association and more discussion on the Valdosta High coaching job. 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 Booneville, Miss., native came to VSC from Northeast Louisiana University where he coached for two seasons. David Dean is only the second head coach to lead his team to a National Championship in his first season. Kay Harris, Editor.2006. He is credited with being a part of the team that laid the foundation for the schools great history of winning. PCHS FOOTBALL COLLEGIATE ATHLETES. Dean was previously the offense coordinator for the Blazers. TD CLUB. Dean served as the head football coach at Valdosta State University from 2007 to 2015, compiling a record of 79–27 in nine season. 1 in the nation in Division II for part of the 1996 season when they won their first Gulf South Conference championship. Darius Foreman-LaGrange College . "Grid Times" Valdosta State University Football Preview 2006. 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. [16] Goff, a former Blazer captain and 1996 graduate of VSU, had gone 23-10 the prior three seasons at Tiffin. Bell was also the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators from 1984 through 1987. [13] Bell was formerly the head coach for the Jacksonville Dolphins, prior to joining Valdosta State. [12] David Dean is the only football coach in Valdosta State history to win two national championships. Who else was coaching on the 1993 Valdosta State team? Mumme took over as head coach at Valdosta State University in 1992. During Goff's playing days he led the Blazers to their first ever championship in 1996. He is also a former college football All-American defensive back who played for legendary coach Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. For the 2006 Season the Blazers wore silver helmets to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the VSU football program. Valdosta State University has had a football team since 1981. View career profiles, stats, photos and video highlights. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A viral video of an adult coach pushing a young player has led to charges for a Savannah, Georgia youth football coach. From 1993 to 1999 he was an assistant at University of West Georgia. Quarterback Rogan Wells was runner-up in the voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Kerwin Bell, former Florida Gator quarterback, led the Valdosta State team that won the 2018 Division II National Championship. Coaches Wright Bazemore (1941-1942,1946-1971) and Nick Hyder (1974-1995) combined for fifty years of service to our youth and community. 1 even with the upsetting finish. Kerwin Bell was named head coach of the Blazers on January 22, 2016. VSC had its first winning season in 1986 with a 9–2 record led by All-American Jessie Tuggle. His team won the NCAA Division II Football Championship in 2007 and in 2012. 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 … Brad Porter – Valdosta High Head Coach Coach Porter enters his twenty-second year as a high school head coach. In 2002, Valdosta parted ways with Mike O’Brien, whose eight-year record was 70-20-1. From 2000 to 2006 he was offensive coordinator for Valdosta. The record had them finishing 5th in conference, a usual bad finish for them. West Virginia coach … ROSTER AND COACHES. Eric J. Wallace. Earle Solomonson accomplished this at North Dakota State University in 1985. 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. VSU finished the season ranked No. 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. The Wildcats have 100 players on their football all-time roster. 1 in the polls. SCHEDULES & RESULTS. In the 127-year history of the sports in this state, only three coaches have won multiple national championships at any level. The two seasons were a part of a GSC record 35 straight regular season victories. Are … 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. Approved by the Board of … Dean is only the second head coach to lead his team to a national championship in his first season. [4] VSU finished second in the Gulf South Conference after losing to the University of West Alabama. Skip To Main Content. 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. FACILITIES. Delta State University defeated the Blazers 35–31, despite being down 28 points at the beginning of the second half. In both 1994 and 1996 he led the team to the NCAA Division II playoff quarterfinals; Valdosta State had never made the playoffs previously. [6] This was the third straight championship appearance by the Bearcats, also the third straight time the Bearcats have lost the National Championship game. The VSC/VSU Football program began in 1982, and its first coach was Jim Goodman. Sennua Lawson-Southeastern. The Blazers also have won 7 Gulf South Conference football championships (1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2018). Miller was a member of the NCAA Division II team that made the national playoffs for the first time in school history. Monday, April 6, 2020 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. 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. 2019 Ed Orgeron (LSU) 2018 Dabo Swinney (Clemson) 2017 Scott Frost (UCF) 2016 P.J. The Blazers are a member of the Gulf South Conference (GSC) in NCAA Division II. The 2005 season saw the first time the Blazers started the season ranked No. Sanders, Publisher. David Dean was named head coach of the Blazers in 2007 after Chris Hatcher took the head coaching job at Georgia Southern University. J.H. 1. 4 in the AFCA poll[3] in the first weeks of the 2011 season. 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 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. In 2001 and 2002, the Blazers went undefeated during the regular season, and were GSC Champions for the third year in a row. Washington State coach Mike Leach was the offensive coordinator under head coach Hal Mumme at Valdosta State from 1992-96. He was an assistant at Valdosta from 1988 to 1992. Other coaches include Mike Cavan, Hal Mumme, and Mike Kelly. In his first season in 2000 his quarterback Dusty Bonner won the Harlon Hill Trophy. During his second season in 2017 the Blazers finished 5-4 overall and 5–3 in conference. [7][8] Dean was also named the 2007 Division II Coach of the Year by American Football Weekly and Schutt Sports. 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The official Football page for the Valdosta State University Blazers. Coach of the Year. 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. David Dean was named head coach of the Blazers in 2007 after Chris Hatcher took the head coaching job at Georgia Southern University. The first athlete from the VSC football team to play professional football was Jesse Tuggle. The "Dean Machine" started the season with five straight wins. On January 10, 2019, Bell left Valdosta State to accept the offensive coordinator position at South Florida.[15]. Delta State University defeated the Blazers 35–31, despite being down 28 points at the beginning of the second half. David Dean Named Valdosta State's New Football Coach. Rodemaker’s departure marks at second time that Valdosta has fired a coach who won a state title. Bobby Johns (born May 17, 1946) is a former football coach. 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