Shiel Wood, former assistant coach at Georgia Tech and defensive coordinator at Wofford, was named Georgia State's inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator in January 2019.
Wood is reunited on the GSU defensive staff with defensive coordinator Nate Fuqua, who he succeeded as Wofford's defensive coordinator.
In 2018, Wood coached Georgia Tech's safeties and assisted with special teams, helping the Yellow Jackets to a bowl berth.
As Wofford’s defensive coordinator in 2017, Wood directed a unit that led the Southern Conference in rushing defense (121.7 ypg) while ranking second in the league and No. 26 in FCS in total defense, allowing just 326.7 yards per game. The defensive effort helped lead Wofford to a 10-3 overall record, the outright SoCon championship (7-1 in league play) and an FCS quarterfinal appearance, where the Terriers fell to eventual national champion North Dakota State.
"I've known Shiel for a long time from his days at Wofford and he is an outstanding coach and recruiter," head coach Shawn Elliott said. "He has established recruiting ties here in Atlanta, and it will be great to get him back together to work on the same staff with Nate Fuqua.”
Wood spent a total of eight seasons as an assistant coach at Wofford, coaching the Terriers’ wide receivers (2007-10) and safeties (2011-12; 2016-17) and serving as recruiting coordinator (2016-17) in addition to his one season as defensive coordinator. In his first two years on the defensive side of the ball (2011-12), the Terriers ranked 17th and ninth in the nation in total defense, respectively. As the Terriers’ wide receivers coach (2007-10), he coached two student-athletes who went on to play in the National Football League, including Carolina Panthers wideout Brenton Bersin.
In all, Wofford won four SoCon titles and advanced to the FCS playoffs seven times in Wood’s eight seasons on the Terriers’ staff.
He got his start in coaching in 2006 at Woodruff (S.C.) High School, where he helped lead the Wolverines to a 9-3 record, regional championship and state playoff berth.
Wood, from Spartanburg, S.C., played wide receiver at Wofford from 2001-05 and was the leading receiver on the Terriers’ 2003 squad that won the SoCon championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA semifinals. He graduated from Wofford in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in government. His wife, Bernadette, was a soccer student-athlete at Wofford. The couple has a daughter, Fay.