TENNESSEE, USA — Christmas came a couple of days early for ETSU Football fans as the Bucs introduced George Quarles as the 19th head football coach in the school's history and third since the school brought back football in 2014.
Quarles has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Furman, the last two as associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
He was the head coach at the storied Maryville High School program from 1999-2016. There he had a 250-16 record, winning 74 straight games in one run and 11 state championships.
This is a bit of a homecoming for Quarles who went to Jefferson County High school. He played collegiately at Furman and won a national championship in 1988 as a wide receiver.
He replaces Randy Sanders, who retired after four seasons at the helm of the Bucs. ETSU was 11-2 in Sanders' final season, advancing to the FCS quarterfinals and setting a school record for wins.