Lynchburg, Va. — Liberty Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell Jr. and Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced that former Nebraska standout quarterback and Buffalo and Kansas head coach Turner Gill has been named the eighth head coach at Liberty.
Gill comes to Liberty after serving two years as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. During his time in Lawrence, Kan., Gill coached 10 players who earned All-Big 12 honors. Gill’s two-year coaching stint at Kansas was spotlighted by a 28-25 victory against No. 15 Georgia Tech for his first Jayhawks’ win in 2010, and a 52-45 victory against Colorado, after Kansas rallied from being down 45-17.
Gill received his first head coaching position in 2006, when he took over a struggling Buffalo Bulls program. After posting a 2-10 record during his inaugural season, Gill guided the Bulls to a 5-7 record in 2007, the program’s best mark in more than a decade. Gill was honored for his turnaround efforts in 2007 when he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, following the Bulls’ 5-3 record in conference play. Buffalo finished the season 4-2 in the MAC East Division, earning the Bulls a share of the conference regular-season title in just his second season at the helm of the program.
Gill continued the upward trend in 2008, leading Buffalo to an 8-6 overall record and the MAC championship following a 42-24 victory against Ball State in the conference title game. The victory earned the Bulls the program’s first-ever postseason bowl game appearance. Buffalo lost to Connecticut in the International Bowl.
Gill’s longest coaching tenure has been at his alma mater, where he served as an assistant coach from 1992 to 2004. He served as the Cornhuskers’ quarterbacks coach from 1992 to 2003 and wide receivers coach during his final year with the program.
During his decade-plus coaching stint in Lincoln, Neb., Gill was part of a coaching staff that guided Nebraska to 13 consecutive bowl appearances and three national championships (1994, 1995 and 1997).
Gill instructed two All-America quarterbacks at Nebraska in Tommy Frazier (1995) and Eric Couch (2001). In 2001, Couch became the third player in the storied history of the Cornhusker program to win the Heisman Trophy.
Gill was honored in 2002 when he was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Prior to his full-time coaching days at Nebraska, Gill also served as a graduate assistant at North Texas (1989), Nebraska (1990) and Southern Methodist (1991).
During his playing career at Nebraska (1980-83), Gill guided the Cornhuskers to a 28-2 record and an unblemished 20-0 record in conference play.
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