GREENVILLE, S.C -- Furman head football coach Clay Hendrix announced today that George Quarles has been named the program's new offensive coordinator.
Quarles, who recently completed his first season as an assistant coach at Furman, his alma mater, serving as associate head coach while directing the squad's tight ends, replaces Drew Cronic, who last week accepted the head coaching position at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
"George's input and impact on our program have been obvious this year, and the transition should be seamless," said Hendrix regarding his new offensive coordinator. "We are excited to get started as we return Furman to championship caliber football."
This past season Quarles oversaw the switch of Andy Schumpert from wide receiver to tight end, where he caught 32 passes for 652 yards and a team leading nine touchdowns en route to earning consensus All-Southern Conference honors. Schumpert's strong play at his new position proved critical in Furman's offensive success, helping key the Paladins to an 8-5 campaign that featured seven consecutive wins and an FCS second round playoff appearance.
Furman led the SoCon in scoring offense (32.6 ppg) in 2017.
Quarles joined the Furman program less than a year ago after one of the most successful high school head football coaching tenures in the country. He spent 22 years at Maryville (Tenn.) High School, including his final 18 as head coach, during which time he recorded a stupendous coaching record of 250-16 (.939), making him one of the most successful prep coaches in the United States. The fastest coach in U.S. high school football history to register 200 wins, he guided Maryville to 11 state championships, including the last four in TSSAA Class 6A, and 15 state title game appearances, and won at least 10 games every season there.
During his remarkable run at Maryville, Quarles coached the Rebels to a nation's-best 74 consecutive wins during one stretch that included four consecutive state championships. After taking over the Maryville program in 1999, he went 10-7 in his first 17 games, which he followed with a mark of 240-9 (.964). He was the winningest high school coach in America from 2007-16.
Over the past year he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
A seven-time state coach of the year selection, he was named Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year in 2005 and PrepXtra Coach of the Year in 2005 and '13.
In 2010 he coached the East Team in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl, an elite all-star game for the top senior football players in the country, after serving as offensive coordinator in the event in 2008.
Prior to stepping into Maryville's head coaching shoes in 1999, he served as an assistant on the Rebels' staff for four seasons (1995-98), handling offensive coordinator duties and coaching the program's quarterbacks and defensive backs.
He held those same duties over three seasons (1992-94) as an assistant coach at Greenville's Eastside High School after beginning his full-time coaching career at Cedar Shoals (Ga.) High School in 1991.
Quarles served as a graduate assistant at Furman for the 1989 and '90 seasons — both Southern Conference Championship campaigns for the Paladins. In that role he worked with the defensive backs and coordinated the scout team offense.
He earned two letters during his playing career at Furman. The Jefferson County, Tenn., native led Furman with 18 receptions for 295 yards as a senior in 1988, helping the Paladins go 13-2, win the SoCon championship, and claim the NCAA FCS (I-AA) national title — made possible by his 42-yard touchdown reception in Furman's 13-9, semifinal playoff victory over Marshall in Huntington, W.Va.
In 1985, his freshman year at Furman, the Paladins went 12-2, won the SoCon title, and went on to register a national runner-up finish.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Furman in 1989 and later secured a Master's of Education degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
He and his wife, Leslie, have two sons: Jack and Beau.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information