Assistant coaches Mitch Ware, Sean Saturnio and Lamont Seward are leaving the Georgia Southern Eagles to join former GSU head coach Jeff Monken at Army.
WSAV and Sports Radio 102.1 broke the news Thursday evening.
Georgia Southern Athletics Director Tom Kleinlein confirmed the departures.
Mitch Ware bio via the GSU Athletics site:
Named Assistant Head Coach in March 2012, Mitch Ware continues his work with the Eagle quarterbacks in his seventh year overall at Georgia Southern and third year on Coach Monken's staff.
Ware previously served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2002-2005 under former Head Coach Mike Sewak. He helped lead Georgia Southern's rushing game to the top spot in the FCS in each of those four seasons.
The option offense returned in 2010 and behind the steady signal calling of Georgia Tech transfer Jaybo Shaw and since then the Eagles have posted the second most wins in the FCS and are the only team to play in the last two FCS semifinals. Shaw finished his career ranked fifth all-time in career passing yards, sixth in passing touchdowns and totaled 30 rushing scores. Shaw earned All-Conference Second Team honors after the 2011 season and was named the Team's MVP.
In his first year on the Eagles coaching staff in 2002, Ware developed first-year starter Chaz Williams into one of the best quarterbacks in the FCS. Williams, who earned All-America honors from the Associated Press and was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award, was chosen as the Southern Conference's Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,422 yards and scoring a position-record 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also guided fullback Jermaine Austin through an incredible rookie season which produced a 1,416-yard rushing total and the SoCon's Freshman of the Year award.
In 2003, Georgia Southern averaged 335.6 yards per game, best in the nation, thanks to Austin's efforts. Austin earned the SoCon's Offensive Player of the Year award and All-America honors for the second time. Austin's 1,461 ground yards, an average of 132.8 per contest, placed him ninth in the final national rankings. The next season, the Eagles commanded the top spot in rushing again, with 369.9 yards per game, leading all of NCAA Division I. Overall, the offense was ranked third nationally in yards per game.
Ware came to GSU the first time in 2002 after four seasons at the United States Naval Academy, where he spent three years as the Midshipman's quarterbacks coach. While at Navy, Ware tutored a pair of standout quarterbacks in Brian Broadwater and Brian Madden, who led the nation in rushing yards by a quarterback in 1999 with 897. In 2001, he helped guide Madden to a near-1,000-yard campaigns in both rushing (905) and passing (902).
Prior to his stint at Navy, Ware served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) during a 16-year tenure. Ware began at MS in 1976 as the starting quarterback for the Bears during his freshman season. After graduating in 1980, he spent two years as a graduate assistant before being quickly elevated to a full time position beginning in 1982.
Southwest Missouri State ranked as one of top rushing offenses in the FCS from 1989 through 1992. Ware was primarily responsible for the outstanding career of Bears' quarterback DeAndre Smith, who was named the Gateway Football Conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Decade for the period of 1985 through 1994.
A co-captain and four-year starter, Ware guided the Bears and directed Southwest Missouri State to its last Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship in 1978 and captured the league's most valuable player award as a senior in 1979. He also established seven career school records during his playing days. An Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection as a senior in 1979, Ware received the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship at the conclusion of his playing career.
Ware's stay at MS saw the Bears move from NCAA Division II and the MIAA to NCAA Division 1 FCS and the Mid-Continent and Gateway Football Conferences. He earned both his bachelor's (1980) and master's degrees (1982) from Southwest Missouri State and in 1996, he was inducted into the athletics program's hall of fame.
Ware and his wife Judy, have three sons, Jacob, a former Eagle student-athlete, Joshua and Jackson.
Sean Saturnio bio via the GSU Athletics site:
Sean Saturnio joined the coaching staff as the tight ends coach prior to the start of spring practice in 2012. He also assists offensive coordinator Brent Davis with the offensive line and continues his role as Director of Player Development. Saturnio served in this non-coaching role during the 2011 Southern Conference Championship season prior to assuming his current assistant coach role.
Saturnio came to Statesboro after a successful nine-year head coaching career at Waipahu High School. The Hilo, Hawaii native led Waipahu to a semifinals appearance in the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Conference playoffs in his last season.
Saturnio assumed the head coach role at Waipahu after two seasons as an assistant coach for the program and led them to an OIA Division II Championship and a state (HHSAA) semifinals appearance in 2006. His teams also won an OIA Division II regular season title in 2004. In all six of his nine teams advanced to the playoffs.
During his stint as head coach at Waipahu, he was named the OIA Division I Coach of the Year for the West Division in 2008 and was selected as the OIA Division II Coach of the Year in 2004. Saturnio was also honored four times as the KSSK Coach of the Week.
After graduated from Hilo High School in 1985, Saturnio began his collegiate playing career on the Mainland at Division III Beloit College (Wis.) before transferring to Hawaii.
A walk-on for the Warriors, he earned a spot on the game day roster as a wide receiver and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Hawaiian Studies in 1992. During his time at Hawai'i he met both former Eagle Head Coach Paul Johnson and current Head Coach Jeff Monken.
Saturnio has two children Christina and Isaiah.
Lamont Seward bio via the GSU Athletics site:
The Georgia Southern running backs boasted tremendous success last season, helping power the Eagle offense to its second-highest per game rushing average ever (399.4) and ninth NCAA rushing title. Instructing and guiding that talent is Lamont Seward, who enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern and second campaign as running backs coach. Seward spent his first two seasons on the banks of beautiful Eagle Creek coaching the wide receivers before shifting to his duties with the running backs prior to the start of 2012 spring practice.
During those first two seasons on staff, he worked with quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware to develop one of the nations' most efficent passing offenses. The Eagles ranked second in the nation in 2011 in passing effeciency, while freshman receiver Kentrellis Showers led the team with 15 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
Seward joined Jeff Monken's staff in March 2010 after two seasons as the wide receivers coach at West Georgia. Seward helped install the option offense in his first season and refined the role of the wide receivers. The corps posted efficient numbers in 2010 and were critical to the execution of the developing offense.
With the West Georgia football program as an assistant coach beginning in winter 2008 and through the 2009 fall campaign, Seward worked with the wide receivers and also assisted with the kickoff and punt return teams. Before joining the Wolves, Seward worked two seasons at for his alma mater Western Carolina starting in 2006 as wide receivers coach. Seward also assisted with the Catamounts' weekly offensive game plans and helped coach the kickoff and punt return teams.
Seward increased the reception totals of then-juniors Michael Hines and Eddie Cohen, with Cohen going on to claim WCU's single-season record for reception yardage with 1,208. Cohen's 2007 total of nine receiving touchdowns placed him fourth on the single-season chart, and he finished sixth on the WCU career list. Cohen was a two-time selection to the All-Southern Conference in 2006 and 2007.
Seward started his coaching career as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Warren County High School. He spent two seasons coaching in his hometown of Warrenton, N.C., before joining the Catamounts.
Selected to the SoCon All-Decade Team (1997-2006), Seward finished his career third on the Catamount and SoCon list for receptions with 190. His 2,972 receiving yards placed him third on the WCU career list and fifth on the SoCon all-time list. Wearing number eight for Western Carolina from 2000-03, Seward caught a pass in 39 consecutive games and recorded at least one reception in 43 of 45 career games. He completed his career with 12 games of 100 receiving yards or more.
Seward graduated in 2003 with a degree in sport management and a minor in marketing from Western Carolina.
He and his wife, Bebe, reside in Statesboro.