July 5, 2008

Georgia State's Curry hires three assistants

Rivals.com has learned new Georgia State football coach Bill Curry has hired three assistants for his first staff.

John Bond will serve as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, and John Thompson will be defensive coordinator. George Pugh also has been hired.

Bond served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Georgia Tech last year. Prior to that, he was coordinator at Northern Illinois from 2004-06. Bond orchestrated some dynamic offenses in DeKalb. The Huskies had some of the nation's top rushing attacks during his tenure. Before joining Joe Novak's NIU staff, Bond was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2000-04 at Army.

Thompson is a name known to many across the Southeast. He most recently was defensive coordinator at Ole Miss. Thompson also has been defensive coordinator at myriad schools, including South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and LSU - among other stops. He also had a two-year stint as head coach at East Carolina, going 3-20 from 2003-04.

Pugh is a veteran receivers coach who worked at Houston last season. Prior to that, he was an assistant at UAB. Pugh was head coach of Alabama A&M from 1989-91, posting a 19-10 mark with three league titles. Pugh joined Jackie Sherrill's Pitt staff in 1981 and followed Sherrill to Texas A&M, where Pugh coached from 1982-89.

Curry is the first head coach of a fledgling Georgia State program that won't begin play until 2010.

Tom Dienhart is the national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.


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