Blake Gideon joined the Georgia State staff in February 2017 to coach the cornerbacks after two seasons as the defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator at Western Carolina.
In 2017, Gideon helped coach a Western Carolina defense that ranked No. 15 nationally in passing yards per game allowed and No. 20 in pass efficiency defense.
In Gideon’s two seasons at Western Carolina, he worked with All-American safety Marvin Tillman in 2017 and all-conference defensive backs Fred Payne and Trey Morgan the previous year. In 2016, he also served as interim defensive coordinator for the final three games of the season.
Gideon began his coaching career as a defensive quality control assistant at Florida in 2014.
He then spent 2015 as a defensive graduate assistant at Auburn, where he was elevated to interim defensive backs coach for the Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis, which featured future first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch at quarterback. The Tigers held Lynch to just 108 yards passing and limited Memphis to 205 total yards.
Following that season, he began a graduate assistantship at South Carolina in January 2016 before he was able to land a full-time coaching position at Western Carolina in April.
Gideon was a four-year starter at safety and two-time team captain at Texas, where he played under head coach Mack Brown and defensive coordinators Will Muschamp and Manny Diaz.
He then enjoyed a brief professional career, signing a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals following the 2012 NFL Draft. He was signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad in October 2012 and trained with the club until retiring in May 2013.
Gideon, who played prep football for his father at Leander (Texas) High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health from Texas in 2011.