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When you have a program that is as successful as Georgetown College football is, at some point you have to expect other colleges and universities will come looking at your staff to offer new opportunities. The Tigers defense has always been a staple of the program in coach Bill Cronin's 18 years, so it came as no surprise to the veteran coach when Eastern Kentucky University made an offer alum and long-time Tiger coach Brian Landis could not refuse.
"This was a job he had to take," Cronin said. "It is always tough to see one of your key components on this Tiger coaching staff leave, but I'm very proud of Landis and thankful for all his hard work over the past 16 years as a player, student coach and then full-time coach.
"I'm thrilled for him that he is moving to the next level at an NCAA Division I-AA school. I'm excited for his family and this next phase of his coaching career. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger and we wish him the best."
However, coach did not have to go far down the line to find his next Tiger family members ready to be on the sidelines once again. Joining the defensive staff this season will be Cody Williams. Matt Byrd is returning to help with the offense.
Georgetown College football coach Bill Cronin has announced he will bring another former Tiger back home to guide the offense. Michael Caba graduated in 2001. The kinesiology major was part of GC's 1999 runner-up finish and the back-to-back titles of 2000 and 2001.
"It is important to me that we bring in someone who understood our system, wanted to use what we have in place and was able to add new wrinkles to our offense," Cronin said. "Michael was the perfect hire. He is a lot like Eddie (Eviston) in his demeanor and approach. He understands the philosophy of our offense and our program. He is very smart and a great guy.
"Thinking about his playing days here, I remember him as one of those players that was totally bought into the program. He continued to be that with the run and shoot offense, which he installed during his time at Alfred State."
Eddie Eviston found great success at Georgetown College. The three-time NAIA Player of the Year quarterback from northern Kentucky helped the Tigers to 41-1 mark with back-to-back national titles. In 2013, he returned to the GC sidelines as offensive coordinator.
As a coach, Eviston helped GC to a15-7 record with two straight NAIA postseason appearances. Monday afternoon Tiger coach Bill Cronin announced that Eviston would be moving on to return to head coaching in his home area at Covington Catholic High School.
"Eddie has been and always will be a Tiger," Cronin said. "He was an easy hire back in 2013, and I can't blame any school trying to entice him away from us. This was an opportunity to return closer to home and back to head coaching ranks. We wish him good luck and look forward to recruiting a number of his players in the future."
Georgetown College football coaches have been on the recruiting trail over the past several months. The culmination coming Wednesday with national signing day. The Tigers graduate nearly 20 players, including All-American Nick Seither and four-year starting quarterback Neal Pawsat, off the 8-3 Tigers that made a fifth straight appearance in the NAIA playoffs.
Coach Bill Cronin and his staff have been working tirelessly to bring in another class that will enhance the tradition rich Tiger program – 3 NAIA national titles, 18 Mid-South Conference titles and 20 NAIA postseason appearances.
Georgetown College football begins 2014 NAIA Football Championship Series First Round play on the road Saturday. The No. 10 Tigers (8-2) travel to Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind. in this first-ever meeting with the No. 7 Knights (8-2). Kickoff is set for 1 pm.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students with their IDs.
If you cannot travel to the game, following all the action live as Chris Labar and Jason Grefer make the call for the Tigers on 93.3 WCGW FM or 94.7 WFIA FM.