Friday Jan. 9, 2009
ATHENS-------- University of Georgia Director of Football Operations Steve Greer will retire effective June 30 after more than 35 years with the Bulldogs as a player, coach, and administrator.
"Steve Greer has been a loyal and dedicated Georgia Bulldog for more than 35 years and we are all grateful for his service to the University," said Bulldog head coach Mark Richt. "I know all the Georgia people will join in wishing him the very best in retirement."
Richt also said he will restructure part of his offensive coaching staff. Current receivers coach John Eason will move into the football operations role and current running backs coach Tony Ball will assume duties coaching the receivers. Bryan McClendon, a Bulldog letterman and current graduate assistant, will be added to the full time staff and coach the running backs.
"I want to thank the University and all the Georgia people," said Greer. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been a student and player, a coach, administrator and earn two degrees from Georgia. I'll always be a Dawg."
Greer, a two-time All-America defensive lineman at Georgia in 1968 and '69, has served on the Bulldog staff since 1979 when he was hired by head coach Vince Dooley to coach the defensive line. He came to Georgia after seven years on the Auburn coaching staff. During his Georgia career he has served as an on-field coach from 1979-93 and in administrative capacities since. As a player, Greer help lead the 'Dogs to the 1968 SEC championship and earned All-SEC first team honors in addition to first team All-American in 1969.
"Coach Eason has been handling a lot of administrative duties in his role as associate head coach and he'll transition well into his new responsibilities," said Richt. "He's done an outstanding job coaching receivers not only here but throughout his coaching career. Tony (Ball) will be going back to coaching a position he spent a great deal of time with before coming to Georgia and I think Bryan (McClendon) is a bright young coach who will be a terrific addition to our full time, on-field staff. He's one of our own having come through our program as a player and graduate assistant. He knows the 'Georgia way'."
Eason came to Georgia as part of Richt's original staff in 2001. A 1969 graduate of Florida A&M, he coached wide receivers at Florida State (1981-94), served as offensive coordinator, receivers coach, and assistant head coach at South Carolina (1995-98); and associate head coach with the Toronto Argonauts in 2000.