Arkansas State Football

December 14, 2011 by staff 

Arkansas State Football, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will be the new football coach at Arkansas State.

Sports information director Jerry Scott said that Malzahn will be introduced as the new coach during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s pretty incredible, it should be a great ride,” Scott said.

Malzahn will return to the state where he was a successful high school coach before leaving for college football.

Former Red Wolves coach Hugh Freeze left the school last week to become the new coach at Mississippi.

Arkansas State (10-2) will play Northern Illinois in the Bowl on Jan. 8.

The 46-year-old Malzahn has served as Auburn’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for three seasons, helping the Tigers win the national championship last season.

He won the Broyles Award last season, recognizing college football’s top assistant coach, and helped Auburn and quarterback Cam Newton set nine school records in 2010 — including points per game (41.2) and total offense (499.2).

Malzahn began his coaching career in northeast Arkansas at Hughes High School, eventually moving on and winning two state championships at the private school Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Ark.

He later took over at Springdale High in the state’s largest classification, going 14-0 in 2005 and winning the state championship while finishing in the top five in most national high school polls.

That team featured star players such as former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain and Tennessee Titans receiver Damian Williams.

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