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Craig Mullins has spent 20 years on the sidelines at Georgetown College – four in uniform as the Tigers' quarterback and then 16 as the team's quarterback coach and in 1998 was elevated to offensive coordinator.
"It has been an unbelievable experience to be able to spend so much time playing and learning in a place I call home," Mullins said. "This was not an easy decision, but it was one I had to make for my long term goals as a coach and in taking care of my family."
The decision was to accept the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for Morehead State University. The Eagles are in the Pioneer league of the NCAA Division I FCS division. On Dec. 13 Rob Tenyer, long-time friend with Mullins, was promoted from MSU's offensive coordinator to head coach. The two met and worked together at California University in Pennsylvania. Tenyer spent time at Centre College before taking the job at Morehead, keeping the friendship with Mullins all the while.
"When Rob called, it was an offer I couldn't turn down," Mullins said. "He's been excelling at the system he developed at Morehead, and he trusts me to expand upon that from our strengths at Georgetown."
Morehead has been leading the Pioneer League in offensive statistics the past few years with Tenyer as the offensive coordinator.
Mullins' was named AFCA Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 for guiding then freshman quarterback Neal Pawsat into the Tiger offense. Pawsat took over midway through the season as All-American quarterback Kaelin Ammons went out with a knee injury. Mullins slowly opened the playbook for the rookie sensation and the Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA postseason for the first time since 2004.
In his 16 seasons, Georgetown went 155-36 with 12 Mid-South Conference titles, two national championships, two national championship runners-up and three semifinals.
He coached record setting quarterbacks such as Jeff Smith and Hall of Famer and three-time NAIA Player of the Year Eddie Eviston. Pawsat, who will just be a junior, is well on his way in both these players' mold. He set several season records this past fall and in 2011 was the MSC Offensive Freshman of the Year.
"It's tough to leave this kind of tradition and success at a place I love," Mullins said. "But, I know I leave it in very good hands. It seems as though this is the perfect time to make this move and the right program with which to do it."
Stepping in for Mullins at Georgetown will be the Hall of Fame quarterback Eviston. The 33-year-old former Tiger has been head coach of his high school for the past three seasons, winning two state championships in that span.
"This is part of the business and an opportunity for Craig to grow in the profession of coaching," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "It is amazing to think how long we've been able to keep the staff together. Craig has done a great job for us and we will miss him and his family on the Tiger campus. I expect nothing less from him as he moves on to Morehead State University, a determined commitment. He will always be a big part of our Tiger family, and we wish him the very best.
"Now we have Eddie Eviston, who is another member of our Tiger family, and we are excited to welcome him home. He was a tremendous player, and you've already seen that translate into his coaching abilities at Newport Central Catholic."