Brett Gilliland, who was hired last spring to coach quarterbacks for Kennesaw State, has resigned to become the head coach at his alma mater West Alabama University in Livingston, Ala.
“I am forever indebted and grateful for the opportunity that I was given to be on the first coaching staff at Kennesaw State,” Gilliland said in a release. “KSU is a tremendous place with a bright future. I appreciate coach (Brian) Bohannon and (athletic director) Vaughn Williams for believing in me.
“I have been given another tremendous opportunity to return to my alma mater as the head football coach and feel the Lord is leading my family and me into this new endeavor. I am truly excited for the future of Kennesaw State and West Alabama.”
Gilliland had come to Kennesaw State from Georgia Southern, where he had been an assistant coach for the last three seasons. Gilliland graduated from West Alabama in 2004. A four-time letter winner, he completed his career as the school’s single-season (3,213) and career passing yards (6,689) record holder. He was inducted into the West Alabama Hall of Fame in 2012.
For the Owls’ fledgling program, which is set to kick off in the fall of 2015, it was an unexpected blow, but one that coach Brian Bohannon fully supports.
“When Brett took the spot he didn’t take it to go get another job,” Bohannon said. “But it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. I know he will be successful at West Alabama.”
Gilliland’s departure leaves a hole in Kennesaw State’s recruiting staff. But Bohannon said he has already talked with the potential recruits, and he feels like those players understand the situation and are not deterred in their decision to consider the Owls’ program.
Bohannon said he was already in the process of hiring the four other coaches he needs to fill out the coaching staff. Bohannon said he doesn’t have a strict timeline, but he would like to have the new receivers coach, offensive tackle and tight end coach, defensive line coach and cornerbacks coach — along with a new quarterbacks coach — by the time National Signing Day arrives in early February.
“We want to make sure we get the right person,” Bohannon said. “We want to get someone that’s a great fit, a great communicator, and someone that can come in and get along with all of us.”