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. He added the duty of Offensive Special Teams Coordinator in 2014. Lilly, a native of Beckley, West Virginia, is a 1990 graduate of Guilford College (N.C.).
During his six seasons at UGA the Bulldogs have won 54 games including three bowl victories and two SEC Eastern Division titles. He's been part of an offensive staff that has led Georgia to two consecutive record-setting seasons: Total Yards in a Season (6,547 in 2012 and 6,294 in 2013); Average Yards Per Game (484.2 in `13 and 467.64 in `12); and Most TD's in a Season (72 in 2012 and 58 in `13).
At UGA, he's coached several star TE's including Arthur Lynch (2009-13), a fifth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins; Orson Charles, a 2009 Freshman All-American, a consensus All-SEC tight end, AFCA first team All-American, Mackey Award finalist, and fourth round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals; and Aron White (2009), named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the 2009 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl following his two-TD performance. 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. He also works with the Bulldog kickers including current Vikings kicker Blair Walsh and UGA All-SEC first team kicker Marshall Morgan.
Lilly's tight ends at FSU were a productive part of the Seminole offens. In 2006, charges 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. 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 Guilford 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, 4, and one son, Caleb Jackson, 3.