John Lilly was named tight ends coach at UGA on Jan. 24, 2008, after serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State University from 1998-2007. Lilly, a native of Beckley, West Virginia, is a 1990 graduate of Guilford College (N.C.). During his four seasons at UGA the Bulldogs have won 34 games including two bowl victories and one SEC Eastern Division title in 2011.
Aron White, his starting tight end in 2009, was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the 2009 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl following his two-TD performance. In 2011, Orson Charles, a 2009 Freshman All-American, was a consensus All-SEC tight end, AFCA first team All-American, Mackey Award finalist, and fourth round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals. Lilly has also headed up the Bulldogs' punt team since his arrival in Athens and in 2009 the unit, led by Consensus All-American and Ray Guy Award winning Punter Drew Butler was first in the nation in Net Punting with an average of 41.95 yards per punt. In 2010 Georgia finished fourth nationally in Net Punting with a 40.6 yard average.
Lilly's tight ends at FSU were a productive part of the Seminole offense especially in recent years. In 2006, his tight ends recorded 38 catches, the most receptions as a group since 1990 and second-most receptions in FSU history by the tight end position. In 2006, he coached Brandon Warren, the first tight end in school history to receive freshman All-America honors and only the third tight end ever at FSU to receive All-America recognition. In 2005 and '06 his tight ends registered back-to-back seasons with 30 or more catches for the first time since 1990 and '91.
Under Lilly's direction, four of FSU's recruiting classes between 2002 and 2007 were ranked in the top four in the nation. The Seminoles' 2001 and 2005 classes were ranked number one nationally in some polls. Prior to being named recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, Lilly served as a graduate assistant (1996-97) and videographer (1995) at FSU. He was an assistant coach at Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C., from 1991-94.
Lilly played quarterback, wide receiver and special teams for the Guilford Quakers and was named recipient of the Golden Helmet Award as the ideal Guilford College player as a senior. He was a Dean's List student all four years at Guilford and was chosen team captain as a senior. Lilly is married to the former Cheryl Brown of Tallahassee, Fla. They have one daughter, Allison Catherine, 2, and one son, Caleb Jackson, born March 5, 2011.