Lunsford returns to GSU

Chad Lunsford

Will Cheney

Auburn University football operations director of scouting Chad Lunsford has accepted a coaching position at Georgia Southern University.

Lunsford, who has been at Auburn since the 2009 season, will come to GSU to become the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

With GSU beginning to add a little diversity to the offense, incorporating more receivers by adding in some plays in the spread offense to combine with the Eagles’ famous triple option, Lunsford will be able to contribute immediately.

Lunsford will be inheriting a receiving corps that could only produce nine touchdown grabs in 2012.

Returning to the Eagles is rising junior receiver Zach Walker, whose 343 receiving yards and three touchdown catches led the mark for GSU in the 2012 season. Rising junior Kentrellis Showers is also returning after leading GSU with just 10 receptions for the 2012 season.

This will be Lunsford’s second stint at GSU, as he was the running backs and slot back coach from 2003-2005. GSU was 26-10 during his first stint with the Eagles, boasting a 1,000-yard rusher in 2003 and two in 2005.

Lunsford also served two stints at Georgia Military College. From 1996 to 2001 he started as a student assistant tight ends coach before becoming running backs coach in 1997 and linebackers coach in 2000.

Lunsford Returned to GMC from 2007-2008 as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach before moving on to Auburn’s support staff in 2009.

A native of Elberton, Ga., Lunsford is a Georgia College & State University Alumnus.