FOOTBALL: Guilian Gary To Return As Tigers' Wide Receivers Coach
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Release: 01/12/2009
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Guilian Gary will return for his fifth season as a Tiger assistant coach.


TOWSON, Md. A member of the coaching staff at Towson University for the last four years, Guilian Gary will return as the Tigers’ Wide Receivers Coach for the 2009 season, it has been announced by the Tigers’ new Head Football Coach, Rob Ambrose.

“I know Guilian was a very talented wide receiver at the University of Maryland and I’ve heard that he is extremely skilled as a Wide Receivers Coach,” said Coach Ambrose. “I know that the wide receivers at Towson have been very successful since he has been here. In addition, a lot of people for whom I have tremendous respect spoke highly of him.”

Coach Ambrose added, “Guilian has a tremendous desire and passion to see Towson University succeed at the highest possible level.”

In his four years as the Tigers’ Wide Receivers Coach, Gary has worked with three receivers who have earned all-conference honors. In 2005, Andrae Brown was named first team all-conference in the Atlantic 10 after catching 63 passes for 870 yards and eight touchdowns. Brown also set a conference record with five touchdown catches in one game.

In 2006, Brown was battling injuries and Eric Yancey stepped up to become an all-conference wide receiver in the Atlantic 10. Yancey caught 68 passes for 826 yards and ten touchdowns to lead the Tigers.

In 2007 and 2008, Gary worked with Marcus Lee, who earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors each year. Lee may have been Coach Gary’s prize pupil as he caught a pass in all 45 games of his college career and finished as Towson’s all-time pass receiving leader with 225 receptions for 2,389 yards and 13 touchdowns. Lee also finished his career as the eighth-leading receiver in CAA history.

A three-year starter at wide receiver at Maryland, he led the Terrapins three years in a row. A member of Maryland’s Orange Bowl team that posted a 10-2 record, he finished his career with 113 receptions for 1,552 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ranks among the Terps’ top receivers of all-time and stands fifth on the receptions list. He is also eighth in receiving yards and third in TD catches.

Gary also shares the school record at Maryland with three touchdown receptions in one game, a mark he holds along with former Baltimore Raven Jermaine Lewis.

The Horseheads, N.Y. native also returned punts for the Terrapins and ranks third in school history with 577 career punt return yards. He also became the first Terrapin to lead the team in punt returns three years in a row.

A second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior, he was also an All-ACC Academic pick.

A Family Studies major, he was honored as the Maryland athletics department’s Community Service Award recipient for 2001-02 for volunteer work at local hospitals and elementary schools.

After gaining his release from a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers, he started his coaching career in 2003 when he joined the Holy Cross staff as receivers coach. In 2003, Ari Confesor set a school record with 90 catches for 1,213 yards and nine TD’s. He spent the 2004 season coaching the wide receivers at Georgetown.

Gary is the second member of Coach Ambrose’s staff since he became the fourth head coach in Towson history two weeks ago. He joins John Donatelli, who was named as the Offensive Line Coach last week.

Coach Ambrose hopes to have his coaching staff completed by the end of next week.

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