Georgia State coach to speak at Rockdale Rotary

CONYERS - Georgia State University head football coach and interim athletics director Bill Curry will be the featured speaker for the Rockdale County Rotary Club on Wednesday. The meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. at the East Tower of Rockdale Medical Center, 1412 Milstead Ave.

Curry was tapped to be Georgia State's first football coach and is in the process of developing and directing the football program in every area in preparation for the Panthers' first season in the fall of 2010. Twenty-seven prospective student-athletes signed with the Panthers on National Signing Day earlier this month, and those players will enroll at Georgia State and begin practicing in the fall.

Curry brings 17 years of experience as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference. He received Coach of the Year awards in both leagues and had an All-Pro playing career in the National Football League.

Curry entered the coaching ranks as offensive line coach at Georgia Tech in 1976. He then spent three years as an NFL assistant with the Packers (1977-79) before returning to his alma mater as head coach in 1980.

Curry's rebuilding efforts at Georgia Tech culminated in 1985, when he led Tech to a 9-2-1 season for the school's highest win total in two decades and its first bowl victory in 13 years, defeating heavily favored Michigan State in the All-American Bowl. He was then named ACC Coach of the Year.

Curry compiled a record of 20-11-3 over his final three seasons at Georgia Tech before moving to Alabama in 1987. He posted a three-year record of 26-10 with the Crimson Tide, capped by the 1989 SEC title and Sugar Bowl berth.

Curry then spent seven seasons at Kentucky (1990-96), highlighted by a berth in the 1993 Peach Bowl. From 1997-2007, he worked with ESPN.

He is the author of the book, "Ten You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life," published in 2008.