Guy Holliday New MSU WR Coach

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University head football coach Jackie Sherrill announced Friday the hiring of Guy Holliday as wide receivers coach, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Holliday comes to MSU from Western Michigan University where he has served the past three seasons as tight ends and then receivers coach. This past fall, Holliday¹s first with the entire receiver group, his pass catchers accounted for 256 yards receiving per game, more than 70 percent of the Bronco attack. Under his guidance, the WMU receiving corps boasted four players with 37 or more catches. Tight end Mo Afariogun had 39 catches for five touchdowns and was named all-Mid-American Conference for a third-straight year by the league¹s coaches.

Holliday joined the Western Michigan staff in 2000 and tutored only the tight ends his first two years. It was during that time that he developed Afariogun into one of the nation¹s top receiving tight ends, finishing his career with 105 catches.

Holliday helped the 2000 Bronco team to a 9-3 overall record and to the MAC Western Division title. That team won an early season game at Iowa and dropped a narrow 19-14 decision to Marshall in the MAC Championship game.

Holliday, 40, previously served as offensive coordinator at Alabama State University from 1995-96 and 1998-99. He helped the Hornets become the No. 1 passing team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference during his time there.

Prior to arriving at Alabama State, Holliday was the offensive coordinator at Tuskegee from 1992-95. Under Holliday¹s direction, Tuskegee was the second-highest scoring team in Division II in ¹92, averaging 38 points per game. The Pioneers ranked in the nation¹s top 10 in passing offense during all four years.

Holliday began his coaching career at Clark-Atlanta University.

A 1987 graduate of Cheyney (Penn.) with a bachelor of arts degree, Holliday has had seven former players sign professional football contracts.

Holliday and his wife, the former Patricia Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., are the parents of two children, son Justin and daughter Schyluer.

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