Shawn Bostick joined his college teammate Chris Hatcher as part of the Georgia Southern football staff in January 2007. Bostick serves as offensive line coach.
Last year his unit had the formidable task of replacing all five starters, including two All-Americas. Despite not having a single lineman receive All-Southern Conference honors, the offense still ranked 20th nationally in passing offense, 20th in scoring offense and 37th in total offense.
During his first year on staff, Bostick inherited a talented and experienced offensive line, and built on that. Two linemen earned First Team All-America honors, guard Marcelo Estrada and tackle Russell Orr. Both were named All-Southern Conference, along with tackle Brad Williams. They paved the way for the backs as once again Georgia Southern led the nation in rushing offense.
In fact, the Eagles ranked eighth nationally in total offense and scoring offense. When the offense needed a clutch play the linemen helped pave the way as GS finished first nationally in fourth down conversions. The linemen played a big role in fewest sacks allowed, finishing 23rd nationally.
His arrival in Statesboro ended an 18-year affiliation with Valdosta State, from his playing days to then assistant coach.
Bostick served as assistant head coach in charge of the offensive line for eight years at VSU. His O-Line was part of one of the most productive offensive units in Division II. In 2006 the Blazers ranked 20th nationally in total offense (390 yards per game), sixth in passing offense (283 yards), ninth in scoring offense (35 points) and 21st in team passing efficiency (145.38).
Bostick was part of the 2004 National Championship team and the national runner-up in 2002. During his tenure, Bostick coached three All-America selections (Jason King, Tully Payne and Torrey Howard) and eight who were named All-Gulf South Conference. Over the previous seven years, the offense scored 50 or more points 17 times.
The offensive line played a vital role in the success at Valdosta State. During Coach Hatcher’s seven year stint in charge, the offense averaged more than 32 points per game in six seasons. Every year the offense totaled at least 380 yards per game.
Bostick, a former walk-on who eventually earned a scholarship, was a three-year letterwinner from 1991-93. During the 1993 campaign in which the Blazers finished 8-3, Bostick was the starting center on an offensive line that allowed only 10 sacks of Chris Hatcher.
From 1994-95 he worked as a student assistant coach under Hal Mumme. Bostick was part of the 1994 coaching staff, leading Valdosta State to its first-ever playoff appearance.
In 1996 he worked with the running backs, as the Blazers won their first conference championship. During the 1997 campaign he served as a graduate assistant coach under Mike Kelley, returning to the offensive line. The next season he moved into his first full-time coaching position and worked with the offensive line every year since.
One of Bostick’s players, two-year starter Richard Collier, went to the NFL and was with the Jacksonville Jaguars until he was tragically injured.
A 1997 graduate of Valdosta State, Bostick received his bachelor’s degree in Education.
He and his wife Sheila have a daughter, Emma, and a son, Walker
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- Published on Friday, 21 September 2007 00:19