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Bill Curry served as the architect and builder of Georgia State University football as the program's inaugural head coach who guided the Panthers through their first three seasons of competition.

The Atlanta native and former head coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky was introduced at Georgia State on June 12, 2008, eight weeks after the football program was officially launched on April 17.
 
Curry spent more than two years developing, directing and promoting the football program in preparation for Georgia State's inaugural season. When his Panthers took the field for the first time in 2010, the city of Atlanta and the football world took notice. Not only did his fledgling squad post a winning record at 6-5, but the program exceeded all expectations in terms of attendance, excitement and media exposure.

Curry coached the Panthers for three seasons, announcing his retirement in August 2012, prior to his 20th and final campaign as a collegiate head coach. 

Curry brought to Georgia State his 17 years of experience as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference--including Coach of the Year awards in both leagues. He also enjoyed an All-Pro playing career in the National Football League, and, most recently, national notoriety as a college football analyst for ESPN.
 
In the NFL, he participated in three Super Bowls (I, III, V) and two Pro Bowls and was part of three championship teams (1965, 1966 and 1970). As a center, Curry snapped the ball to legendary quarterbacks Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas, and he played for two of the most highly-regarded coaches in professional sports history in Vince Lombardi and Don Shula. His college coach, Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd, is an icon in Southern football annals.
 
After concluding his 10-year playing career as a center for the Green Bay Packers (1965-66), Baltimore Colts (1967-72), Houston Oilers (1973) and Los Angeles Rams (1974), Curry entered the coaching ranks as offensive line coach at Georgia Tech in 1976. He then spent three years as an NFL assistant with the Packers (1977-79) before returning to his alma mater as head coach in 1980.
 
Curry took over a Georgia Tech program in transition, moving from independent status to the Atlantic Coast Conference while in need of facilities upgrades. His first two seasons were highlighted by a stunning 3-3 tie against No. 1-ranked Notre Dame in 1980, in which the Yellow Jackets' quarterback was a freshman walk-on named Ken Whisenhunt, who went ont become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and a 24-21 victory at fourth-ranked Alabama the following year.
 
By recruiting talents such as all-America defensive end and future NFL star Pat Swilling, all-America offensive lineman John Davis, record-setting tailback Robert Lavette, and all-ACC linebacker Ted Roof, Curry's teams also scored a pair of victories over nationally-ranked Georgia teams as well as a win over 13th-ranked Clemson that snapped a 20-game ACC winning streak.
 
Curry's rebuilding efforts culminated in 1985, when he led Tech to a 9-2-1 season for the school's highest win total in two decades and its first bowl victory in 13 years, defeating heavily-favored Michigan State in the All-American Bowl. For his efforts, he was named ACC Coach of the Year.
 
Curry compiled a record of 20-11-3 over his final three seasons at Georgia Tech before moving to Alabama in 1987. He posted a three-year record of 26-10 with the Crimson Tide, capped by the 1989 SEC title and Sugar Bowl berth.
 
In addition to being selected SEC Coach of the Year in 1989, Curry received the national coaching accolade named for his beloved mentor, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
 
Curry then spent seven seasons at Kentucky (1990-96), highlighted by a berth in the 1993 Peach Bowl. At the time, that marked the Wildcats' fourth bowl berth in 40 years.
 
Through every stop, Curry has carried an indelible reputation for integrity and class, and he has been guided by the ideal that the education and well-being of the student-athlete is paramount.
 
In 2007, he was recognized by the American Football Coaches Association with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, which honors someone "whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football."
 
In 2008, he received the President Gerald R. Ford Legends Center Award, which is presented annually to someone who has played the center position at the collegiate or professional level, has made extraordinary contributions to his team during his football career and has proven to be an exemplary citizen, philanthropist or leader in the business or football community.
 
Already a member of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Curry was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
 
Curry also serves at Georgia State as a Distinguished Executive Fellow in the Robinson College of Business.
 
He is the author of the book, "Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life," published in 2008.
 
His passion for mentoring young people is also evident in his previous position as the director of Leadership Baylor at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he served before taking over at Georgia State.
 
Curry attended College Park High School in the Atlanta area before going on to Georgia Tech, where he earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Management in 1965.
 
He is married to the former Carolyn Newton of Atlanta, a graduate of Agnes Scott College who earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from Georgia State. Bill and Carolyn have two children and five grandchildren.

THE BILL CURRY FILE
Full Name:
William Alexander Curry
Date of Birth: Oct. 21, 1942 (Son of Eleanor & Bill Curry)
Hometown: College Park, Ga.
Wife: Married to Dr. Carolyn Newton Curry
Children: Bill Curry, Jr., and Dr. Kristin Curry Hunter 
Grandchildren: Alex Curry (13), Elliot Curry (11), Brett Curry (2), Evelyn Hunter (8), Claire Hunter (5)
Education: Georgia Tech, 1965 (B.S. in Industrial Management); College Park (Ga.) High School

COACHING CAREER:
1976 - Assistant Coach, Georgia Tech
1977-79 - Assistant Coach, Green Bay Packers
1980-86 - Head Coach, Georgia Tech
1987-89 - Head Coach, Alabama
1990-96 - Head Coach, Kentucky
2008-12- Head Coach, Georgia State

PLAYING CAREER:
Three-year letterwinner (1962-63-64) at Georgia Tech. Team captain in 1964.
Played 10 years as a center in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (1965-66), Baltimore Colts (1967-72), Houston Oilers (1973) and Los Angeles Rams (1974)
Played in three Super Bowls with Green Bay (Super Bowl I) and Baltimore (Super Bowl III & V)
Won three championships (Green Bay, 1965 & 1966; Baltimore, 1970)
NFL Pro Bowl, 1971 & 1972
Served as President of NFL Players Association

OTHER EXPERIENCE:
Television analyst and contributing writer, ESPN, 1997-2007
Director of Leadership Baylor, Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn., 2006-08
Author of "Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life"
Distinguished Executive Fellow, Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, 2008-present

HONORS:
Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, 1985
Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, 1989
Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, 1989
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (AFCA), 2007
President Gerald R. Ford Legends Center Award, 2008
Member of Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame & Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame

YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD

 Year

Record

  

 GEORGIA TECH

31-43-4

7 Years

 1980

 1-9-1

 

 1981

 1-10

 

 1982

 6-5

 

 1983

 3-8

 

 1984

 6-4-1

 

 1985

 9-2-1

 ACC Runnerup, All-American Bowl

 1986

 5-5-1

 

 

 

 

 ALABAMA

 26-10

3 Years 

 1987

 7-5

 Hall of Fame Bowl

 1988

 9-3

 Sun Bowl

 1989

 10-2

 SEC Champions, Sugar Bowl

 

 

 

 KENTUCKY

 26-52

7 Years

 1990

 4-7

 

 1991

 3-8

 

 1992

 4-7

 

 1993

 6-6

Peach Bowl 

 1994

1-10

 

 1995

 4-7

 

 1996

4-7

 

     

GEORGIA STATE

10-23

3 Years

2010

6-5

Inaugural Season of GSU Football

2011

3-8

 

2012

1-10

 
     

TOTAL

93-128-4

20 Seasons

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