4th Season at GSU
Jason French, a former professional player in the Canadian Football League, enters his fourth season on the Georgia State football staff. In 2012 he will coach inside linebackers after working with the outside linebackers his first three years, and he will also coordinate the Panthers' special teams.
French retired from pro football in 2008 and joined the GSU staff in 2009.
In GSU's first two seasons of play (2010-11), French coached one of the Panthers' top defensive players in outside linebacker Jake Muasau.
French played eight years in the CFL as a wide receiver with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2001-06) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2007-08). His top seasons were 2004 and 2005 with more than 50 receptions each year. He ranks among the Roughriders' career Top 20 in receptions and receiving yards.
A native of Montreal, Canada, French was selected by Saskatchewan in the second round of the 2001 CFL draft out of Murray State University, where he played two seasons. He also played two seasons at Middle Georgia College.
French was raised in Atlanta, where he attended Columbia High School. He is an avid volunteer, serving as a mentor, and is active in community service with the American Cancer Society, Children's Miracle Network and Hands On Atlanta.
French and his wife, Amber, have two daughters, Ryan Michelle and Riley Maria.