Brett Gilliland - 2012
Beginning his third season on the Georgia Southern coaching staff, Brett Gilliland will work with the wide receivers this season. He previously served as the tight ends coach in 2011 and the B-backs coach in 2010. Gilliland also took over the recruiting coordinator duties following the conclusion of the 2011 season.
A graduate assistant for Georgia Tech’s offensive coaches for three seasons and serving in the role of offensive quality control coach in 2009, Gilliland was selected by Coach Jeff Monken to join him at Georgia Southern.
While at Georgia Tech, Gilliland was a part of three ACC Coastal division Championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and was a member of the 2009 ACC Championship team (vacated) and Orange Bowl Participant.
In 2007, Gilliland worked with offensive coordinator John Bond and the Yellow Jacket quarterbacks after assisting with the receivers corps in 2006, including Biletnikoff Award winner Calvin Johnson. Gilliland coached the B-backs for two seasons at Tech, a group which included Doak Walker semi-finalist Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer was the ACC rushing leader and Player of the Year leader in 2008.
At Georgia Tech as a graduate assistant, Gilliland was responsible for the breakdown of opponent game film, compiling scouting reports and preparing game plans. He also coordinated defensive and special teams scout teams and had an active role in on-campus recruiting visits. He started with Georgia Tech football as the assistant director of football operations in 2005 after a year as receivers coach at West Alabama.
A four-year letterwinner at quarterback for West Alabama from 2000-03, Gilliland was a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill trophy in 2003. He earned All-Gulf South second team honors (2002) as well as all-region recognition from the Football Gazette (2002). Still listed as the Tigers record holder for passing yards in a season and career, Gilliland owns the records for completion percentage in a single game, season and career. With 6,847 yards of total offense in 27 starts and 42 overall games, Gilliland also set the West Alabama career mark in that category.
In addition to the awards presented to him for his athletics achievements, Gilliland earned numerous accolades for his academic work. A 2003 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District IV selection, he was also honored twice with Gulf South Conference “Top Eight” awards. A two-time member of the All-Gulf South Conference Academic list, he won the Asa Green Scholar-Athlete Award, a award presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average on the football team, winning it in 2001 and 2003. Gilliland, the offensive team captain, was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the Phil Puccio Leadership and Dedication Award in 2001 and 2003.
Gilliland graduated magna cum laude from West Alabama in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a emphasis in Sport Management and minor in business administration. He is pursuing a graduate degree in economics at Georgia Tech.
Gilliland and his wife, Amanda, were married in Gulf Shores, Ala., in 2005. The couple has a son, Rece Elijah.