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POSTED: February 15, 2007 5:06 a.m.
STATESBORO — New Georgia Southern University head football coach Chris Hatcher announced that Jeff Beckles will remain on his coaching staff.
Beckles will work as an assistant coach with the Eagles’ offense. Last year he served as the Eagles’ wide receivers coach.
He coached All-Southern Conference pick Jayson Foster. The quarterback-turned-wide receiver caught a team-leading 33 passes (fourth-highest season reception total in Eagle history) for 368 yards and TDs.
Beckles spent three seasons at Georgia as a graduate assistant coach, a part of three bowl-winning teams (2004 Capital One Bowl over Purdue, 2005 Outback Bowl over Wisconsin, 2006 Sugar Bowl against West Virginia).
His Bulldog wide receivers improved in three areas during the 2005 season: receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Prior to his stint at Georgia, Beckles was an assistant for a year at Central Michigan.
He also coached running backs at Nicholls State University in 1999 and wide receivers in 2000. During 2001 he served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of South Florida (8-3 in its first full season at the Division I-A level).
Beckles served as an offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at four different high schools in North Florida and South Georgia: Florida High in Tallahassee (1993-’94), Forrest High in Jacksonville (1995-’96), Tift County in Tifton (1997) and Worth County in Sylvester (1998).
As a player at Florida State University, Beckles played for both Mark Richt and John Eason. As a wide receiver, he was a member of the class that won four of the five most prestigious Bowls (Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton, and Orange) and the team’s first ever Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 1992.
 

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