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ETSU Introduces Quarles


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George Quarles has been named the 19th head coach in Buccaneers’ history.

nJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 23, 2021) xe2x80x93 A new leader of the ETSU football program has been found and his name is George Quarles.

nDuring a Thursday press conference held inside The Martin Center for the Arts, East Tennessee State Athletic Director Scott Carter introduced Quarles as the 19th head coach in Buccaneer football history.

nxe2x80x9cIt is an honor and privilege to welcome George Quarles as the head coach of ETSU Football. Throughout his career in football, he has personified winning both on and off the field,xe2x80x9d said Carter. xe2x80x9cFrom his roots at Jefferson County High School to the Southern Conference, he has compiled daunting statistics in 39-years of playing and coaching the game; winning over 450 games, having 27 seasons with 10 or more wins, 34 seasons leading to the playoffs, and having 29 seasons where his team won at least one championship. Coach Quarlesxe2x80x99 record of success is historic throughout the United States, and I am most excited about the person of character and father figure he will be as the head coach of ETSU football. We first met as rivals on a football field in 1995, and I have always admired his love of the game and competitive spirit. During many years as friends and competitors, I have wanted to work with him and am so excited that today we get to do just that.xe2x80x9d

nNo stranger to the Southern Conference, Quarles displayed his excitement about donning the Buccaneer logo and leading the program.

nxe2x80x9cI would like to thank Dr. Brian Noland, the ETSU Board of Trustees, and Scott Carter for trusting me with this opportunity,xe2x80x9d said Quarles. xe2x80x9cI am humbled, honored and excited to be the head coach of East Tennessee State University Football. We are hoping to build onto the championship culture that has already been established. ETSU is an amazing place with amazing people. I canxe2x80x99t wait to get started.xe2x80x9d

nQuarles arrives in Johnson City having been on the staff at Furman for the last five seasons, serving as the Associate Head Coach. In addition to operating as the Associate Head Coach, Quarles has also held the Offensive Coordinator slot and the Quarterbacks coach each of the last four seasons. During his time with the Paladins, Quarles has overseen two FCS Playoff appearances in both 2017 and 2019, in addition to a share of the regular-season SoCon Championship in 2018.

nIn 2019, Quarles saw Furman lead the SoCon in scoring offense (33.5), while ranking second in total offense with 410.3 yards per game. The Paladins were also second in the conference in third down conversion percentage (39.3) and red zone offense (91.3). Furmanxe2x80x99s high-powered offense scored over 40 points six times, including a 50-plus point game and two games with over 60 points. Overall, during Quarlesxe2x80x99 stint in Greenville, the Paladins had 18 all-SoCon selections.

nQuarles has strong history and ties to the state of Tennessee, having been inducted into both the Tennessee Football Coaches and Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association Halls of Fames in 2018. In addition, Quarles has been inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.

nQuarles, a 1989 Furman graduate and starting wide receiver on the Paladinsxe2x80x99 1988 NCAA FCS (I-AA) National Championship team, spent 22 seasons at Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn., including the final 18 as head coach. During his stint with Maryville, Quarles accumulated an astonishing record of 250-16 (.939), making him one of the most successful prep coaches in the United States. The fastest coach in U.S. high school football history to register 200 wins, he guided Maryville to 11 state championships, including four consecutive championships in TSSAA Class 6A before his departure to Furman. Quarles added 15 state title game appearances, winning at least 10 games in each season at Maryville.

nDuring his unprecedented run at Maryville, Quarles coached the Rebels to a nationxe2x80x99s-best 74 consecutive wins during one stretch that included four consecutive state championships. After taking over the Maryville program in 1999, he went 10-7 in his first 17 games, which he followed with a mark of 240-9 (.964). He was the winningest high school coach in America over the 10-year period (2007-16).

nA seven-time state coach of the year selection, he was named Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year in 2005 and PrepXtra Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2013.

nIn 2010 he guided the East Team in the coveted Army All-American Bowl, an elite all-star game for the top senior football players in the country, after serving as offensive coordinator in the event in 2008.

nBefore taking over the role of head coaching duties in 1999 at Maryville, he served as an assistant on the Rebelsxe2x80x99 staff for four seasons (1995-98), handling offensive coordinator duties and coaching the programxe2x80x99s quarterbacks and defensive backs.

nHe held those same duties over three seasons (1992-94) as an assistant coach at Greenvillexe2x80x99s Eastside High School after beginning his full-time coaching career at Cedar Shoals (Ga.) High School in 1991.

nQuarles served as a graduate assistant at Furman, following his playing days, for the 1989 and 1990 seasons, in which the Paladins claimed back-to-back SoCon titles. In that role he worked with the defensive backs and coordinated the scout team offense.

nHe earned two letters during his playing career at Furman. The Jefferson County, Tenn. native led Furman with 18 receptions for 295 yards as a senior in 1988, helping the Paladins finish 13-2, win the SoCon championship, and claim the NCAA FCS (I-AA) national title xe2x80x94 made possible by his 42-yard touchdown reception in Furmanxe2x80x99s 13-9, semifinal playoff victory over Marshall in Huntington, W.Va.

nIn 1985, his freshman year at Furman, the Paladins went 12-2, won the SoCon title, and went on to register a national runner-up finish.

nHe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Furman in 1989 and later secured a Masterxe2x80x99s of Education degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

nHe and his wife, Leslie, have two sons: Jack and Beau.

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