Georgia names Searels new offensive line coach

Mark Richt
Mark Richt

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia native Stacy Searels, the offensive line coach at Louisiana State the past four years, was named Georgia's new line coach today.

Georgia coach Mark Richt announced Searels will replace Neil Callaway, who last month was named head coach at Alabama-Birmingham. Searels, a native of Trion, Georgia, was an offensive lineman at Auburn, where he played with Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

Before working at L-S-U, Searels coached the offensive line at Cincinnati (2000-02) and Appalachian State (1994-2000). He served as a graduate assistant at Auburn (1992-93).

In a statement released by Georgia, Richt said -- quote -- "We've played L-S-U a few times since Stacy's been there and we've also had a chance to see his offensive lines while studying tape on other opponents as well.

Their line has been impressive. They're well-coached, they play hard, and they've been as good as any line we've played against in recent years. Certainly the success they've had speaks for itself." L-S-U led the S-E-C in total offense this season.

Searels said -- quote -- "I'm tremendously excited about coming to Georgia and working for coach Richt and the rest of the staff. I'm looking forward to being part of the Georgia football program that has such great tradition and one that I know has a great future."