ATLANTA -- The Georgia State Panthers fired head coach Trent Miles, the team announced on Sunday. Assistant coach Tim Lappano will take over as the interim coach for the final two games of the season.
The announcement came just days after the university received approval to buy Turner Field and its surrounding land where it will retrofit Turner Field into a football stadium and build a new baseball stadium.
Miles was let go after joining the team in 2013 following a coaching stint at Indiana State. Miles went 1-23 in his first two seasons. In 2015, the Panthers went 6-6 and Miles led the program to its first bowl game. The Panthers played in the inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl and lost to San Jose State.
The Panthers were not able to build off that success in 2016, putting together a disappointing 2-8 record after 10 games. The Sun Belt team lost to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, which appeared to be the tipping point for athletic director Charlie Cobb.
“These decisions are never easy to make,” Cobb said in a statement released by Georgia State. “Coach Miles is a first class guy, who has run a first class program who has always been a true professional and great leader for our program, but we felt the time was right to make a change. We will begin a national search for our next head coach immediately.”
The university will use Parker Executive Search Firm and their assistance to find the next head coach.
Lappano joined the Panthers in 2014 and is the team's receivers coach. The Idaho graduate has coached since 1981 at several college programs and NFL teams, including Seattle and Detroit.
The Panthers will face Georgia Southern and Idaho in their final two games.