A coach for more than 20 years, Bill Curry will end his career after the 2012 season.
Curry, starting his third year with Georgia State, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was done with stress and long hours, and that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“I do want to finish this contract and I want to finish it well,” Curry said after practice Wednesday.
Curry’s retirement will happen right as the Panthers make the jump to 1-A football and the Sun Belt conference. Curry was the program’s first coach and led the Panthers to a 6-5 season in their inaugural year.
No stranger to the Atlanta area, Curry played at Georgia Tech and went on to coach his alma mater from 1980-86. He had a brief stint at Alabama and was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1989. However, he never beat Auburn in his three years with the Crimson Tide and ended up coaching fellow SEC member Kentucky from 1990-96 before starting the GSU program from its inception.
Curry will turn 70 later this year. He had a good run. Good luck to Curry going forward.
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