Stacy Searels was named offensive line coach for the Bulldogs in January, 2007, after serving four years coaching the offensive line at LSU during which time the Tigers won a national championship (2003), one SEC title (2003), and two SEC East titles (2003 and '05). He added the duties of Running Game Coordinator in 2009.
In each of his first two seasons he took offensive lines with three freshman starters and molded them into formidable units that were instrumental in the Dogs' 11-2 and 10-3 records and top ten final rankings.
A native of Trion, Ga., and 1990 graduate of Auburn, Searels was an All-America lineman for the Tigers in 1987 when he was a teammate of current Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner. Prior to joining the LSU staff, he coached the offensive line at Cincinnati (2000-02), Appalachian State (1994-2000), and served as a graduate assistant at Auburn (1992-93).
LSU's offensive unit in 2006 finished first in the SEC in total offense and scoring offense and was third in rushing offense and passing offense. Searels made a habit of producing All-America linemen for LSU. He coached two First-Team All-Americans in Stephen Peterman and Rimington Award winner Ben Wilkerson and a Second-Team All-America in Andrew Whitworth. Five of his Tiger linemen earned spots on NFL rosters.
In addition, during that four-year stretch, LSU's offensive line produced a pair of First-Team Academic All-Americas in Rodney Reed and Rudy Niswanger. LSU had an offensive lineman named First-Team Academic All-America four straight years.
Niswanger became the most decorated student-athlete in school history in 2005, winning the Draddy Award as college football's top scholar-athlete as well as being the inaugural recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy.
Searels joined the staff at LSU after a two-year stint as offensive line coach at Cincinnati. While with the Bearcats, Cincinnati played in two bowl games as well as winning the school's first conference title since 1964 by capturing the 2002 Conference USA crown.
Prior to joining Cincinnati, Searels served as an assistant coach at Appalachian State from 1994-2000, helping the I-AA squad to five playoff appearances and a pair of Southern Conference titles.
While at Appalachian State, Searels was presented with the NCAA Award of Valor, recognizing him for his act of courage following a head-on collision involving a van carrying members of the Mountaineer football team and support staff on Sept. 30, 2000.
Searels got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1992, working with theTiger squad that posted a perfect 11-0 mark in 1993.
As a senior in 1987, Searels earned First Team All-America honors from both the Associated Press and Football News. Searels was a three-year starter for Auburn, blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson in 1985 and All-America Brent Fullwood in 1986. He also participated in four bowl.
A First-Team All-Southeastern Conference selection as both a junior and senior, he was honored with the team's Ken Rice Award as the school's best blocking lineman in 1987. He played in both the Japan Bowl and the Senior Bowl following the 1987 season.
In 1990, the Birmingham Post-Herald named Searels to the Auburn team of the 1980's.
Searels was a fourth round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1988, playing two seasons there before moving to the Miami Dolphins for the 1990 season. He ended his professional career in 1991 with the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football.
Searels graduated from Auburn with a degree in marketing and transportation in 1990. He followed that with a Master's degree in higher education administration from Auburn in 1995.
Searels is married to the former Patricia Hale and they have two daughters, Taylor (13) and Savannah (10).
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