AStateNation recently got a chance to sit down with Arkansas State University Head Football Coach to get his thoughts about the upcoming season. We asked him about expectations for his team this fall and much, much more.
AStateNation: Describe the feeling when you were named as the Head Coach at Arkansas State
COACH GUS MALZAHN: Very exciting, especially when announced, the excitement and energy in the room was incredible.
AStateNation: You began your career as a High School head coach in the state of Arkansas, how did that prepare you for your first job as a head football coach on the collegiate level.
COACH GUS MALZAHN: Very familiar with the state, living in Eastern Arkansas already makes you more familiar with your surroundings.
AStateNation: What is your biggest challenge as head coach at ASU
COACH GUS MALZAHN: First year is getting everything set up in all areas so you can have the best chance on being successful
AStateNation: What is the answer to filling your stadium and selling out every home game
COACH GUS MALZAHN: Long term winning consistently. Short term getting all the Red Wolf Fans and Students to come out and make it an unbelievable game day experience at our stadium. As we are building it, we need everyone's support.
AStateNation: What are realistic expectations for this upcoming season.
COACH GUS MALZAHN: Lost almost the entire defense, we will be young and unexperienced. I'm never going to predict wins or losses. Should have the type team that should improve as the season goes on.
AStateNation: Does it put pressure on you to win another Sun Belt Championship, since this team is coming off a 10 season and undefeated run in the conference?
COACH GUS MALZAHN: That's our goal every year, we are going to put unbelievable pressure on our selves.
AStateNation: What do you do to relax, when not coaching football?
COACH GUS MALZAHN: Doesn't happen a lot lately, not much at all.
AStateNation: What did winning a national championship at Auburn mean to you?
COACH GUS MALZAHN: When you accomplish goals that you set out at this level, really neat to play in that game and be successful. A very exciting moment for me.
AStateNation: As the Head Coach at ASU, who will call the plays you or offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee?
COACH GUS MALZAHN: We will combine the play calling duties and we will both do it together.