Georgia Southern coach Tyson Summers embraces high expectations
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Life has come full circle for Georgia Southern head football coach Tyson Summers. In 2006 he was a defensive assistant and coached safeties for the Eagles. From there he made several other stops along the coaching circuit before eventually being chosen to lead the Eagles football program in December.
“I always wanted to come back here and I tried two or three different times since I was here last,” said Summers. “Fortunately this was the opportunity that came up and we felt like this was the right time to make this move. I’m from Tifton [Georgia] originally and this is home for me. That’s what I’m looking for, being back in South Georgia and being able to recruit guys from the state of Florida and the state of Georgia. This is a big opportunity.”
Summers and the rest of his staff spent Sunday holding a football clinic at Camden County High School and he feels that it’s very important to establish roots in this fertile recruiting area.
“I think this is as good as it gets,” said Summers. “Having the opportunity to go to Colorado State last year and recruit some of the stop states in the country. I was able to tap into California and Texas and I feel like Florida and Georgia are just as good.”
Expectations are high for Summers as he takes over a program that went 9-4 last season. In 2015 the Eagles also picked up a win in the GoDaddy Bowl, which was the first bowl win in school history.
“I want to be at a place that expects to win,” said Summers. “That was the beauty of being back at Georgia Southern. Sure there are high expectations but I have my own bar and my own idea of what high expectations are. I’m looking forward to the challenge and this opportunity. The biggest thing is making sure that your players and staff have bought in. I feel like we’ve certainly been able to do that in our six months here.”
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