Valdosta Daily Times

Blazers Blog

June 23, 2014

VSU still searching for Wallace’s replacement

VALDOSTA — Replacing coaches is nothing new for Valdosta State and head football coach David Dean.

However, the Blazers do face a little tougher issue in replacing defensive coordinator Seth Wallace who left 18 days ago to be recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Iowa.

“You never want to lose coaches, but when you lose them in the summer especially after you’ve gone through spring practice, it’s always very difficult,” Dean said this past week. “We’ll find good coaches, that’s not going to be a problem.”

The process for finding Wallace’s replacement is still ongoing Dean said, adding that his search is for a secondary coach, not necessarily for a defensive coordinator.

Wallace, who served as the Blazers’ secondary coach his first four years at VSU, coached the defensive line a year ago following the departure of co-defensive coordinator Earl Chambers to James Madison. But Wallace, previously a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes, returned to coaching the defensive backs this spring following the departure of Doug Belk. The former Lowndes standout took a graduate assistant job coaching defensive backs at Alabama. Dwight Smith was hired from Middle Tennessee State, where he was a graduate assistant, to coach the VSU defensive line.

If the new hire is only in charge of coaching the secondary and not tasked with serving as defensive coordinator, the most likely in-house candidate for that job would be linebackers coach Bubba Walker. Walker has been on the Blazers staff for five years becoming a full-time assistant in 2010 after previously serving as a graduate assistant. Walker also spent a year as a graduate assistant at Georgia and three years as an assistant at Georgia Southern.

“Whether he’s a secondary coach and a defensive coordinator or whether we move somebody up from within and we just hire a secondary coach, that’s just through the interview process of where we’re going to go,” Dean said. “What’s the best fit and what works best for our program.”

Regardless of the staff makeup, Dean’s biggest concern is how the VSU players handle the shakeup, especially without much time getting used to the new voice prior to fall practice beginning. However Dean added that he is routinely impressed with the Blazers’ resiliency.

“I feel for those guys that work hard with those coaches and build that respect and then those guys leave,” he said. “But for some reason, our kids always adjust and they do a great job of overcoming adversity. I think they’ll do the same thing and whatever coach we bring in, I think they’ll embrace him and work hard for him.

“And we’re going to bring in a good one.”

Text Only
Blazers Blog
  • Blazers to play three games on GSC-TV

    Valdosta State will play three televised games this fall, the Gulf South Conference announced Wednesday as it released its GSC-TV schedule.

    July 31, 2014

  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bubba Walker promoted to defensive coordinator

    Valdosta State Linebacker Coach Bubba Walker has been promoted to fill the open posiiton of defensive coordinator for the Blazer football team according to an announcement made by VSU Head Coach David Dean Thursday.

    July 18, 2014

  • Albritton wins NCAA Elite 89

    Courtney Albritton's tremendous 2013-2014 season earned her one more award Thursday night when the Valdosta State softball star won the NCAA's Favorite Elite 89 Winner contest by securing the more votes than any other student-athlete.

    July 17, 2014

  • Justin Roper named Valdosta State quarterbacks coach

    Valdosta State’s hirin of Justin Roper as quarterbacks coach, previously reported by The Times, was officially announced by the school and Blazer head football coach David Dean on Wednesday.

    July 17, 2014

  • Albritton.JPG VSU’s Albritton advances to finals of Elite 89 contest

    Another round, another first-place finish for Valdosta State’s Courtney Albritton.
    Albritton, the Blazers’ junior softball standout, was the leading vote-getter in the semifinal round of the NCAA’s Favorite Elite 89 winner contest with 1,483 votes in the two-day semifinal round that included 30 athletes. In the week-long first round, Albritton racked up 1,971 votes to lead the 89-person field.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albritton in first place after opening round of Elite 89 voting

    July 14, 2014

  • Justin_Roper.JPG Roper to coach Blazers’ QBs

    Valdosta State has added an assistant coach to its staff, but it isn’t to fill Seth Wallace’s role.
    Former Oregon quarterback and University of Findlay running backs coach Justin Roper has been hired as the Blazers’ quarterbacks coach.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Div II Championship F_Rodg(11).jpg Beyond Sports Network releases 2014 preseason All-GSC football team

    Football season is right around the corner; exactly 57 days from now Valdosta State set to open its season at home against Albany State, but fans were able to satisfy his or her football withdraws on Tuesday when Beyond Sports Network released its Gulf South Conference preseason All-Conference team.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

Local Sports
Choose your subscription: