ATLANTA--Georgia State football coach Trent Miles has added two more assistant coaches to his staff with the naming of former Boston College head coach and long-time National Football League assistant Jeff Jagodzinski as offensive coordinator and former UNLV defensive coordinator J.D. Williams as secondary coach.
With these two hires, Georgia State now has six assistant coaches on board. Last week, Miles named Harold Etheridge as assistant head coach and offensive line coach, Jesse Minter as defensive coordinator, Shannon Jackson as defensive line coach and P.J. Volker as linebackers coach.
Jeff Jagodzinski, a long-time National Football League assistant coach and a successful collegiate head coach, has been named offensive coordinator on Trent Miles' Georgia State staff.
Jagodzinski previously worked with Miles on the Green Bay Packers' staff in 2000, and he is well-acquainted with Atlanta, having served as the Atlanta Falcons' tight ends coach in 2004 and then offensive line coach in 2005. He is also familiar to Atlanta fans as the college head coach of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
"What an opportunity to be able to hire someone with the experience and knowledge that Jeff Jagodzinski brings," said Miles. "He's a great offensive mind, and he's been a successful head coach at the highest level of college football. He will teach concepts and skills that will only make our offense better. How appealing it is for young men to know they can be coached by the man who coached Matt Ryan."
Jagodzinski enjoyed two highly successful seasons as the head coach at Boston College, posting a 20-8 record and capturing back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division crowns. In 2007, with Ryan at quarterback, Jagodzinski led the Eagles to an 11-3 record-BC's highest win total since 1940-a berth in the ACC Championship game and a bowl-game victory over Michigan State. During the season, Boston College climbed to No. 2 in the national rankings.
In addition to the exploits of ACC Player of the Year Ryan on offense, Jagodzinski's first BC squad also featured a strong defense that was number two in the nation against the run. Safety Jamie Silva was a first-team All-America selection.
Even after Ryan became the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NFL draft following, Jagodzinski kept BC winning in 2008 with a 9-5 record and another trip to the ACC title game.
Along with Ryan, Jagodzinski coached three other future first-round draft picks at Boston College in nose tackle B.J. Raji (2009, Green Bay) and offensive linemen Gosder Cherilus (2008, Detroit) and Anthony Castonzo (2011, Indianapolis).
Jagodzinski began his coaching career in 1985 as the running backs coach at his alma mater, Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 1986, he served as the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois before spending two years (1987-88) as a graduate assistant at LSU.
In 1989, Jagodzinski began an eight-year stint as the offensive line coach at East Carolina (1989-96), highlighted by the 1991 season, when the Pirates posted an 11-1 record.
He then spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Boston College (1997-98) on Tom O'Brien's staff. At BC, Jagodzinski's offenses averaged more than 400 yards per game in each of his two seasons, featuring future Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in 1997 and All-American running back Mike Cloud in 1998, who ranked third in the nation in rushing.
Jagodzinski began his NFL career in 1999, joining the Green Bay Packers as tight ends coach from 1999-2003. It was there that he worked with Miles in 2000.
He then moved to the Atlanta Falcons, where he served as tight ends in coach in 2004, helping Atlanta reach the NFC Championship game, and then offensive line coach in 2005. During that time, the Falcons featured one of the NFL's most successful rushing offenses, leading the league in both rushing yards per game and rushing yards per carry those two years. In 2005, Jagodzinski's line blocked for Pro Bowl running back Warrick Dunn, who gained over 1,400 yards.
Jagodzinski returned to the Packers as offensive coordinator for one season (2006) before taking over as head coach at Boston College. Under his direction, Green Bay ranked among the top 10 in the NFL in total offense.
In college and the NFL, Jagodzinski has been part of offensive staffs that worked with future Pro Bowl quarterbacks Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Aaron Rogers and Matt Ryan.
He served as the head coach of the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2010, and in 2012, he worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Ave Maria University in Florida.
Jagodzinski was a three-year starter and four-year player (1981-84) at fullback at Wisconsin-Whitewater. He earned a B.S. degree in education at Whitewater in 1985.
Jagodzinski and his wife, Lisa, have five children: Josh, JoAnne, Jessica, Jacqueline and Jennifer.
J.D. Williams, who brings 16 years of college coaching experience and a successful playing career in the National Football League, joins the Georgia State football staff of head coach Trent Miles as secondary coach.
Williams, a former first-round NFL draft pick who was a member of four Super Bowl teams with the Buffalo Bills, comes to Georgia State after three seasons on the defensive staff at UNLV. He also has seven years of experience in the PAC 10 (now the PAC 12) and previously worked with Miles at both Washington and Fresno State.
"J.D. Williams brings experience from playing at the NFL level and coaching at the highest level of college football," said Miles. "He's been at some of the best programs in the nation, he has coordinated a defense, and he is an excellent recruiter. He was an excellent player as a first-round draft pick with four Super Bowl appearances, and he has made the transition to a successful coaching career."
At UNLV, Williams served two seasons (2010-11) as the Running' Rebels' assistant head coach, secondary coach and pass defense coordinator before he was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2012, when he continued to coach the defensive backs.
Williams went to UNLV after spending the 2009 season as the cornerbacks coach at Utah. The Utes posted a 10-3 record, including a victory over Washington in the Poinsettia Bowl, and ranked 16th in the nation in passing yards allowed and ninth in pass efficiency defense.
That followed three seasons at Washington (2006-08) and four seasons at California (2002-05). At Washington, he worked on the same staff with Miles his first two years there. During his tenure at California, Williams helped the Golden Bears to a 33-17 overall record and three bowl game appearances.
Williams moved into coaching in 1997 after his NFL playing career, beginning as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Fresno State, where Miles was on the coaching staff. He then coached the secondary at San Jose State in 1998 and Cal Poly in 1999 before returning to Fresno State as secondary coach for two seasons (2000-01). He helped the Bulldogs to an 18-7 record and a pair of bowl berths in those two seasons.
After a standout playing career at Fresno State, Williams was a first round NFL Draft pick in 1990, going to the Buffalo Bills with the 16th selection. He went on to play on the Bills' four Super Bowl teams following the 1990-93 seasons, including Super Bowl XXVIII at the Georgia Dome. He also played for the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers before his six-year pro career ended after the 1996 season.
Williams, from Coalinga, Calif., earned his bachelor's degree in criminology from Fresno State in 1997. He and his wife, Jamie, have four children: Nicole, Kyra, Zoe and David.