The Wharton Club of Atlanta,
Kellogg Alumni Club of Atlanta
London Business School Atlanta Alumni Club
are pleased to invite you to our next
breakfast series event entitled
Leadership & Building the
Georgia State Football Program
with guest speaker
Head Football Coach
Georgia State University
Thursday, February 23, 2012
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
The Buckhead Club
3344 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 2600
Atlanta, GA 30326
Please submit questions for our speaker ahead of time.
$35 per person
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Bill Curry – Head Football Coach, Georgia State University
Bill Curry is the architect and builder of Georgia State University football as the program’s first head coach. The Atlanta native and former head coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky was introduced on June 12, 2008, eight weeks after the football program was officially launched on April 17.
Curry spent more than two years developing, directing and promoting the football program in preparation for Georgia State’s inaugural season. When his Panthers took the field for the first time in 2010, the city of Atlanta and the football world took notice. Not only did his fledgling squad post a winning record at 6-5, but the program exceeded all expectations in terms of attendance, excitement and media exposure. Curry has called his current post at Georgia State the highlight of his storied career.
Curry brought to Georgia State his 17 years of experience as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference–including Coach of the Year awards in both leagues. He also enjoyed an All-Pro playing career in the National Football League, and, most recently, national notoriety as a college football analyst for ESPN.
After concluding his 10-year playing career as a center for the Green Bay Packers (1965-66), Baltimore Colts (1967-72), Houston Oilers (1973) and Los Angeles Rams (1974), 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 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. For his efforts, he was 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.
In addition to being selected SEC Coach of the Year in 1989, Curry received the national coaching accolade named for his beloved mentor, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
Curry then spent seven seasons at Kentucky (1990-96), highlighted by a berth in the 1993 Peach Bowl. At the time, that marked the Wildcats’ fourth bowl berth in 40 years.
Already a member of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Curry was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Curry also serves at Georgia State as a Distinguished Executive Fellow in the Robinson College of Business. He is the author of the book, “Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life,” published in 2008.
His passion for mentoring young people is also evident in his previous position as the director of Leadership Baylor at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he served before taking over at Georgia State. Curry attended College Park High School in the Atlanta area before going on to Georgia Tech, where he earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Management in 1965. He is married to the former Carolyn Newton of Atlanta, a graduate of Agnes Scott College who earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Georgia State. Bill and Carolyn have two children and five grandchildren.