ATLANTA--Parker Executive Search has been retained to assist with the hiring of the next Georgia State University head football coach, Georgia State Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick has announced.

Bill Curry, Georgia State's head coach since the football program began in 2008, announced in August he will retire from coaching following the 2012 season. Georgia State's season concludes Nov. 10 at Maine.

"Everyone associated with Georgia State football is completely focused on supporting this team, especially our student-athletes, as we look for a positive finish for this season and for Coach Curry's career," said Levick. "At the same time, we must also focus on the next chapter and the development of this program. The hiring process for a head football coach is intricate and detailed, and it is important that we have ample time to perform our due diligence and find a great coach."

Headquartered in Atlanta, Parker Executive Search is one of the world's leading executive search firms, providing leaders at all levels of intercollegiate sports. Parker assisted Georgia State in the hiring of head basketball coach Ron Hunter in 2011.

"The selection of Georgia State's next head football coach is obviously crucial to the future of our athletics program, especially as we move to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference," Levick said. "We are looking for a program builder - a great recruiter, a leader and a high-energy individual who will roll up his sleeves and get to work to build Georgia State football as we move into our very exciting future.

"The use of Parker Executive Search allows us to identify and evaluate the best possible candidates in a confidential and professional manner."

As with all Georgia State University hires, the position of head football coach will be posted on the university's website, gsu.edu, beginning Tuesday. For confidential consideration or to make a recommendation, contact Daniel Parker at danielparker@parkersearch.com.

--30--