Former Buford High School head coach Jess Simpson, one of the most successful coaches in Georgia prep football history, joins the Georgia State staff as defensive line coach for new head coach Shawn Elliott.
In 12 years as the Buford head coach, Simpson won seven state titles and compiled a record of 164-12 – a .932 winning percentage.
Under Simpson, the Wolves have appeared in 10 consecutive state finals, despite moving from Class AA to Class AAAAA over the last five years.
Simpson spent a total of 22 years on the Buford coaching staff, helping the Wolves to 10 state titles as a head or assistant coach.
After playing college football at Auburn, Simpson began his coaching career as a student assistant for the Tigers, working under Pat Dye and Terry Bowden.
He then spent one year (1994) coaching at his alma mater, Marietta High School, under Dexter Wood before moving with Wood to Buford in 1995. Simpson served as defensive coordinator and strength coach on Wood’s staff from 1995-2004 and then took over as head coach in 2005.
During his time as an assistant, Buford won three straight state championships from 2001-03 and set the Georgia high school record with a 47-game winning streak from 2001-04.
Simpson earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn in 1993 and added a master’s in education from North Georgia College in 2002.
Simpson and his wife Tricia have four children: Luke, Cooper, Jake and Emma.