ATLANTA – Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott has named former Western Carolina associate head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brad Glenn as the Panthers’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and former Florida State assistant Brad Lawing as defensive line coach.
Glenn served seven years at Western Carolina and previously spent seven seasons at Appalachian State, where he worked on the same offensive staff with Elliott as the Mountaineers won three straight NCAA FCS titles. Lawing brings nearly four decades of coaching experience, including 29 seasons coaching defenses at Power Five schools Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Michigan State, and he coached with Elliott on the South Carolina staff.
“I’m thrilled to bring on two outstanding coaches who I know well and have great respect for,” Elliott said.”
“Brad Glenn and I worked together during our great run at App State. He knows how to attack defenses and take advantage of the talent that we have. And he will be a great mentor for our quarterbacks.”
“Brad Lawing has been a tremendous coach and recruiter for many years, and I had the opportunity to work with him at South Carolina,” Elliott continued. “He has developed so many NFL defensive linemen, and to be able to add someone with his experience and knowledge is a huge benefit to our program.”
The Panthers open spring practice March 12.
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Brad Glenn joins the Georgia State staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after seven seasons as the associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Western Carolina.
Glenn previously served seven years at Appalachian State on the same offensive staff as head coach Shawn Elliott as the Mountaineers won three straight NCAA FCS titles (2005-07).
Glenn’s tenure at Western Carolina (2012-18) was marked by outstanding play from his quarterbacks. For the last five seasons, the Catamounts’ starting quarterback has averaged over 2,400 yards passing and more than 600 yards rushing. His first quarterback, Troy Mitchell, finished as the school’s career leader in total offense with 9,397 yards, while Mitchell’s successor, Tyrie Adams is poised to break many of Mitchell’s records. In 2016, Adams was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the STATS FCS National Freshman of the Year honor.
In his time at Appalachian State, Glenn coached tight ends for one season (2005) and slot receivers for three years (2006-08) before taking over as quarterbacks coach (2009-11).
While at Appalachian State, Glenn coached two Southern Conference Offensive Players of the Year in quarterbacks Armanti Edwards, who also won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the FCS, and DeAndre Pressley.
A total of six individuals who played in Glenn’s offensive system, including three at Western Carolina and three at App State, were named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List.
Glenn began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Greer (S.C.) High School from 1995-2000, helping lead the program to a 25-3 record and back-to-back Upper State runner-up finishes his final two seasons. He earned his first collegiate position in 2001, coaching tight ends at Elon before spending the next two seasons as the offensive coordinator at North Greenville College. He returned to prep ranks for one season (2004) at Seneca (S.C.) High School before moving to App State.
The native of Seneca, S.C., is a 1995 graduate of Clemson. He is married to the former Anna Thompson, and the couple has two daughters, Zoey and Landry, and a son, Hank.
Defensive Line Coach
Named Georgia State’s defensive line coach in February 2019, Brad Lawing brings nearly four decades of coaching experience to Atlanta, including 29 seasons coaching defenses at Power Five schools Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Michigan State.
Most recently, Lawing served three seasons (2015-17) coaching the defensive ends and outside linebackers at Florida State. In addition to working on Jimbo Fisher’s staff, he has coached under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, Nick Saban at Michigan State and Mack Brown at Appalachian State. Lawing and GSU head coach Shawn Elliott coached on the same South Carolina staff from 2010-12.
Lawing has overseen the development of numerous outstanding defensive linemen throughout his career, including six NFL first-round draft picks. In the last seven years alone, he coached 2014 No. 1 overall selection Jadeveon Clowney at South Carolina as well as first-round picks Dante Fowler (2015, No. 3) and Dominique Easley (2014, No. 29) at Florida and Melvin Ingram (2013, No. 18) at South Carolina, while FSU’s DeMarcus Walker was a second-round selection in 2017. Lawing also coached 2000 first-round picks Julian Peterson at Michigan State and John Abraham at South Carolina.
In 2016, Lawing helped coach an FSU defense that was No. 1 in the nation with 3.92 sacks per game, led by Walker, a consensus All-American and the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year with 16 sacks, along with defensive ends Brian Burns, a Freshman All-American with 9.5 sacks, and Josh Sweatt (seven sacks).
Lawing went to Florida State after two years as assistant head coach and defensive line coach at Florida (2013-14), helping the Gators rank among the national leaders in total defense and scoring defense.
At South Carolina from 2006-12, Lawing helped the Gamecocks lead the Southeastern Conference in sacks in 2010 with 41 and again in 2012 with 43 sacks. From 2008-12, South Carolina finished in the nation’s Top 15 in total defense each year with a high of No. 3 in 2011.
Lawing began his coaching career as assistant at Havelock High School in North Carolina for three seasons (1980-82). His first collegiate position was coaching offensive tackles and tight ends at Appalachian State in 1983. He remained at App State as the defensive line coach for the next five seasons, during which time he coached Southern Conference Player of the Year Anthony Downs as well as future NFL players Tommy Dawkins and Mike Frier.
From there he moved to South Carolina as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 1989-98. In his first stint with the Gamecocks, he coached future NFL players Corey Miller, Gerald Dixon and Henry Taylor, and as recruiting coordinator, he signed defensive end John Abraham, who went on to be a five-time NFL Pro Bowler.
In four seasons at Michigan State (1999-02), Lawing tutored six future NFL players, including 1999 first-team All-American Julian Peterson, who was a first-round draft pick and five-time Pro Bowl selection. The Spartans set a school record with 57 sacks in 1999.
Lawing then spent three years as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina (2003-05) before returning to South Carolina.
Lawing has served as the recruiting coordinator for a total of 17 years at three of his stops, including South Carolina (1989-98), Michigan State (1999-02) and North Carolina (2003-05).
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Lawing was a four-year starter at linebacker for Lenoir-Rhyne, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1979. He added a master’s degree from Appalachian State in 1985. He was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Lawing and his wife Laura have a son Will, a daughter Susie Hughes son-in-law Thomas Hughes, and three grandchildren: Natalie, Mary Brooks and Claire Hughes. Will is an assistant coach for the NFL’s Houston Texans.