Skylor Magee joined the Georgia State football staff as defensive line coach in 2017 after serving in the same capacity at Charleston Southern.
In his first year witht he Panthers, Magee helped coached a defensive unit that set GSU season records for fewest points per game (24.75), fewest rushing yards per game (136.4), fewest yards per rushing attempt (4.13) and most sacks (24). Senior noseguard Julien Laurent and junior defensive end Marterious Allen earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
Magee spent the last previous years at Charleston Southern, helping the Buccaneers to back-to-back Big South Conference championships and FCS playoff berths while featuring one of the nation’s top defenses. CSU averaged nine wins per season in his four years there.
Magee’s defensive line was the foundation of a Charleston Southern defense that led the Big South and ranked among the FCS leaders in total defense the last three years.
“Skylor Magee brings a track record of putting out successful defensive linemen,” head coach Shawn Elliott said. “He is a great teacher, great motivator, an inspiring leader and someone we are very fortunate to have on our staff.”
Last fall, Magee’s line helped CSU rank seventh nationally in total defense, allowing just 294.1 yards per game. The unit was particularly strong in the playoffs, allowing just 185 total yards and 2.9 yards per rush to Wofford, the nation's third-best rushing team. CSU defensive end Anthony Ellis earned All-America honors and was named Big South Player of the Year.
In 2015, the Charleston Southern defense finished No. 10 in the nation, helping the Bucs to their first outright Big South title and FCS playoff berth. In 2013’s 10-3 campaign, CSU led the Big South with 27 sacks.
Magee went to Charleston Southern in 2013 with head coach Jamey Chadwell after serving the 2012 season on Chadwell's staff at Delta State in Cleveland, Miss. He also worked under Chadwell as defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator at North Greenville in 2009. In between, Magee spent two years as the defensive line coach at Petal (Miss.) High School, highlighted by a runnerup finish in the MHSAA state playoffs.
Magee began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina in 2005, and then spent two years as the defensive line coach at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La.
He was a standout defensive lineman at Southern Miss, where he was a Freshman All-American (2001), a three-time All-Conference USA Academic selection and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
Magee earned his bachelor’s degree in human performance and physiology from Southern Miss in 2005. He and his wife Leslie have two children, Kayla and Gabby.