Greg Adkins Named Gamecocks’ Offensive Line Coach

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University of South Carolina head football coach Shane Beamer has named Greg Adkins as the Gamecocks’ offensive line coach, it was announced today. With the hiring of Adkins, Coach Beamer has finalized his initial on-field coaching staff for the 2021 season.

“Greg is a veteran offensive line coach who has had a lot of success everywhere he’s been,” said Coach Beamer. “He has SEC experience. (Offensive coordinator) Marcus Satterfield and I both worked with him at Tennessee and he’s also worked at Georgia. He’s an elite recruiter and builds great relationships with his players,” added Coach Beamer.

Adkins comes to Carolina after having spent the past three seasons as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall University, working under head coach Doc Holliday. Marshall posted a 24-12 record from 2018-20 in what was his second tour of duty with the Thundering Herd.

In 2020, the Thundering Herd surrendered 12 sacks in 10 games, ranking 13th in the country, while allowing just 3.5 tackles for loss per game, the nation’s fourth-best mark. Right guard Cain Madden earned second team All-America honors from both the Associated Press and Walter Camp. Madden and fellow offensive lineman Josh Ball were named first-team All-Conference USA, while Alex Mollette was a second-team selection.

Under Adkins’ tutelage, offensive linemen Levi Brown was a first-team All-Conference USA center in both 2018 and 2019, while Madden earned second team honors in 2019.

Adkins began his coaching career at his alma mater, mentoring the defensive line, tight ends and offensive line at Marshall for five seasons from 1991-95. He was on the staff that won the 1992 Division I-AA national championship and appeared in three other I-AA national title games (1991, ’93 and ’95).

Between his two tours of duty at Marshall, Adkins coached the offensive line at six schools, including four Power-5 schools, two of which are in the SEC. His resume includes stints at Georgia (1996-2000), Troy (2001-02), Tennessee (2003-08), Syracuse (2009-12), Oklahoma State (2015-17) and Charlotte (2018). He also handled recruiting duties at Syracuse, Tennessee and Troy; coached tight ends and defensive line at Georgia; mentored the tight ends at Tennessee; and served as Charlotte’s run game coordinator and interim offensive coordinator.

Adkins also has NFL experience, having a two-year stint in Buffalo as the Bills’ tight ends coach from 2013-14.

Born March 25, 1968, Adkins is a native of Cross Lanes, West Virginia. He played four seasons as an offensive lineman at Marshall, graduating in 1990.

SOUTH CAROLINA FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF (Jan. 22, 2021)
Shane Beamer, Head Coach
Greg Adkins, Offensive Line Coach
Torrian Gray, Defensive Backs Coach
Erik Kimrey, Tight Ends Coach
Des Kitchings, Running Backs Coach
Pete Lembo, Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Jimmy Lindsey, Defensive Line Coach
Mike Peterson, Outside Linebackers/Defensive Ends Coach
Marcus Satterfield, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Justin Stepp, Wide Receivers Coach
Clayton White, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach

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