How did Luke get to Mississippi State?
A small-town kid from Munhall Pennsylvania, Luke Getsy has seen action at every level there is in football. From a Division-I transfer to entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent, and then serving as an academic advisor, all the way to coaching pro-bowl pass catchers; Getsy has worn every hat imaginable.
Transferring Your Talent
He attended the nearby University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship before transferring to the University of Akron where he got his shot to play quarterback.
There he led the Zips to their first ever conference championship and the program’s first bowl game. Alongside his assistant coach and future colleague, Joe Moorhead, Getsy broke 24 records as a starting quarterback for the zips. It was good enough for him to sign a one-year deal with the 49ers in 2007.
But he soon found out his head might be better suited for football than his arm was—he was cut before the regular season even started.
Small Schools to the Big Leagues
Getsy found his next job with West Virginia Wesleyan College where he juggled the roles of academic advisor, quarterbacks coach, and offensive coordinator. He bounced around several other small schools before the NFL came calling once again.
In 2014 the Green Bay Packers hired him to be an offensive quality control coach. A few years later he was the head wide receivers coach for one of the most storied franchises in NFL history.
In his first year in charge of the wide receivers, Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb all finished with over 60-receptions and over 600 yards—just the second trio to do so that season.
Even the next year without All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball due to injury, Adams matured into one of the NFL’s most formidable pass-catchers. Under the tutelage of Getsy, the fourth year receiver finished second in the league with 10 receiving touchdowns.
Coming Full Circle
In 2018 Getsy reunited with his old coach Moorhead, who put his one-time player in charge of the team’s entire offense. Moorhead named Getsy Mississippi State’s offensive coordinator, trusting him to oversee the offensive in his first year as a head coach in Starkville.
A Multitude of Experiences: Cooking Up a Recipe for Success
He’s seen action at every level, from Division II to the NFL. He knows what it’s like to transfer, to fight for a starting spot. And knows what kind of work it takes to compete in the NFL. Now he’s using the multitude of different football experiences coach some of the game’s best young playmakers. His diverse background from an academic advisor at small schools to coaching Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams means he brings something different to the table than most coaches out there. Now back reunited with his old mentor at Mississippi State he has the opportunity to put his name on the map of the college coaching world.