Gilliland was the sixth hire and fifth assistant for Bohannon’s staff, joining Grant Chesnut, Liam Klein, Shane Bowen, Tim Glanton and director of football operations Jay Bailey.
“Brett and I worked together at Georgia Tech. He was my graduate assistant at Georgia Tech and coached the B-backs,” Bohannon said in a university release. “He had an opportunity to go coach with Jeff Monken at Georgia Southern, and they’ve had unbelievable success down there.
During his three seasons under at Georgia Southern, Gilliland worked with the B-backs (2010), tight ends and tackles (2011) and wide receivers (2012). He also took over the recruiting coordinator duties following the conclusion of the 2011 season.
The Eagles posted a 31-12 record, captured two Southern Conference titles and made three consecutive NCAA Football Championship Series semifinal appearances during Gilliland’s time in Statesbor. The kickoff return unit also led the Southern Conference and was ranked in the top 15 nationally during each of Gilliland’s three seasons with the Eagles.
Gilliland joined the Georgia Southern coaching staff from Georgia Tech, where he was a graduate assistant for three seasons. He worked as an offensive assistant and served as offensive quality control coach in 2009.
While at Georgia Tech, Gilliland was a part of three Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championships and was a member of the 2009 ACC championship team, though the college later had to vacate the title due to NCAA violations.
Gilliland coached the B-backs for two seasons at Tech, serving as the position coach for former Kell High School standout Jonathan Dwyer, the ACC rushing leader and player of the year in 2008.
A four-year letter-winner at quarterback for West Alabama from 2000-03, Gilliland was a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, as the top player in NCAA Division II, in 2003. He concluded his career as the Tigers’ single-season (3,213) and career passing yards (6,689) record holder.