Travis Trickett, formerly the offensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic and Samford, has been named Georgia State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach by new head coach Shawn Elliott.
Trickett spent the 2016 season as the Florida Atlantic offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Despite an injury-riddled offensive line and inexperienced quarterbacks in a new system, Trickett’s offensive unit set school records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns while the Owls receiving corps produced seven 100-yard efforts.
Before going to FAU, Trickett served five seasons at Samford, including the last three as offensive coordinator. He helped the Bulldogs record five straight winning seasons, highlighted by a Southern Conference championship and NCAA FCS playoff berth in 2013.
That year, Trickett’s first as offensive coordinator, he mentored record-setting quarterback Andy Summerlin, the SoCon Player of the Year who passed for a school-record 3,640 yards.
Samford’s 2014 offense averaged more than 30 points per game while posting the program’s largest margin of victory in a Southern Conference game (45-0 at Furman) and the program’s largest output in a SoCon game (63 vs. VMI).
In 2015, Trickett employed a pair of quarterbacks, and the duo led the nation in completion percentage (69.7 percent) while combining for 3,662 yards and 22 touchdowns. The Bulldogs had a season high of 752 yards vs. Florida A&M.
Trickett originally went to Samford in 2011 and coached the slot receivers and tight ends.
Trickett’s coaching experience also includes graduate assistantships with two of college football’s most storied programs at Alabama and Florida State. He spent one year (2007-08) as offensive graduate assistant on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, and then three seasons (2008-10) with the Seminoles, working under both Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher.
During these two stints, he worked with standout quarterbacks John Parker Wilson and Greg McElroy at Alabama, and Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel at FSU.
Trickett began his coaching career as a student assistant at West Virginia from 2003-07, where he served under head coach Rich Rodriguez and had the opportunity to work with quarterback Pat White.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in administration and marketing from West Virginia in 2007 and a master’s degree sports administration from Florida State in 2009.
Trickett, 32, was born in Hattiesburg, Miss. He and his wife Tiffany have two children, Maverick and Camilla. His father, Rick, is currently the offensive line coach at Florida State.