Curry to Retire at Season End

Bill Curry, Georgia State’s head football coach since the program’s inception in 2008, announced that he will retire from coaching following the 2012 season.

“This has been a labor of love, but after this season, it will be the right time to step away from coaching,” said Curry, who will turn 70 in October. “I am blessed with good health, but I am ready to move on to other things in my life and devote more time to my wife, Carolyn, and our children and grandchildren.” Curry’s current contract runs until June 30, 2013.

Named head coach on June 12,2008, Curry spent two years developing the program in preparation for the inaugural season of 2010, when his Panthers posted a winning record (6-5). The program has a two-year record of 9-13, and this fall, after just two seasons of play, Georgia State begins its transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference.

A native of College Park, Ga., Curry came to Georgia State with 17 years of head coaching experience at Georgia Tech (1980-86), Alabama (1987-89) and Kentucky (1990-96), as well as an All-Pro playing career in the National Football League, and most recently, 11 years as a college football analyst for ESPN. He enters his final season with a record of 92-118-4 in 19 seasons as a head coach.