AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) – Gus Malzahn is Auburn University’s new head football coach.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to become the head football coach at Auburn University. It’s an outstanding institution with a storied football program that I had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand for three years,” Malzahn said. “I deeply appreciate the confidence that Dr. Gogue, Jay Jacobs and the search committee had in my ability to turn this program around and to bring Auburn back to national prominence. This is a homecoming for me and I look forward to being reunited with the Auburn family.”
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Gus back to Auburn, this time as our head football coach,” Auburn University President Jay Gogue said. “We owe the search committee our gratitude for their time, expertise and dedication to Auburn. They are each distinguished graduates of this great institution and I’m grateful for their ongoing commitment. I appreciate them working so closely with Jay Jacobs as a team — a very good team.”
Malzahn previously held the Offensive Coordinator job at Auburn from 2009-2011. He left Auburn after the 2011 season to become the head coach at Arkansas State, where he chalked up a 9-3 record.
“Coach Malzahn was our choice because he is a proven winner who has been successful at every level,” said Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs. “He is one of the brightest minds in college football, and he knows what it takes to build a championship program at Auburn. In addition to being a great coach, he will also be an outstanding ambassador for Auburn University. That was important to our committee.”
Malzahn replaces Gene Chizik who was fired on November 25th after Auburn went 3-9, and 0-8 in SEC play. Chizik hired Malzahn as Offensive Coordinator on December 28, 2008.