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Entering his fourth season on Trent Miles’ Georgia State staff, Luke Huard has been a key component in the Panthers’ productive passing attack since his arrival in 2013. He was named offensive coordinator in 2016 and continues to coach the quarterbacks.
Under Huard’s guidance the last two seasons, GSU quarterback Nick Arbuckle passed for more than 7,600 yards with 51 touchdowns. In 2015, he was named Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year as he set league records with 4,368 yards passing and 4,273 yards of total offense while sixth in the nation in passing yards per game.
In Huard's his first season with the Panthers in 2013, quarterback Ronnie Bell set then-GSU records with more than 2,500 yards of passing and total offense.
Nine GSU receivers or tight ends have earned all-conference recognition in three seasons on the receiving end of Huard's quarterbacks.
Before coming to GSU in 2013, Huard spent the previous four seasons at Illinois State, including one year (2009) as quarterbacks coach before he was elevated to offensive coordinator for his last three seasons (2010-12) there.
In 2012, Huard's unit led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in passing and total offense as the Redbirds averaged better than 30 points a game while compiling a 9-4 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.
In his four years at ISU, Huard developed quarterback Matt Brown, who was the MVFC Newcomer of the Year in 2009, a three-time all-conference honoree and the MVFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.
Huard previously worked with Miles at Washington, where he served as a graduate assistant in 2007-08.
While at Washington, Huard worked with the Huskies' quarterbacks, including current Tennessee Titans' signal caller Jake Locker, who was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2007.
Huard began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tacoma's Washington High School following graduation from North Carolina in 2002. He then spent four seasons as the head coach at Interlake High School (Wash.), where he led the program to its first winning season in 10 years in 2004.
In 2004, he also served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Eastside Hawks, a semi-professional football team that went 10-0 and won the Northwest Football League title.
Huard was a three-year member of the North Carolina football team, and the quarterback played in seven games for the Tar Heels, including four starts, as a freshman in 1999.
As a high school quarterback at Puyallup (Wash.) High School, Huard was Washington's Gatorade Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-America selection as a senior.
Huard comes from a football family. Both of his older brothers, Brock and Damon, were standout quarterbacks at Washington and went on to play professionally in the NFL. Huard's father, Mike, coached all three sons at Puyallup High, where he also coached future NFL quarterback Billy Joe Hobert.
Huard is married to the former Dolly Tan and the couple has one daughter, Serena Grace.