Ted Wright Stadium
The Savannah State Tigers are playing their 43rd season in Theodore A. Wright Stadium. In 2011, the Tigers played their first game in newly renovated T.A. Wright Stadium on October 1, after a $6 million revitalization project in 2010 that included new professional style locker rooms, ticket booths, concession areas, brick front, and field turf. Read More
Shawn Quinn comes to Savannah State from The Citadel where he served as a defensive analyst for the 2017 season. Before that, he was the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Tennessee Tech (2016-17). A native of Chicago, Quinn has also coached at Western Carolina, Charleston Southern, Northwestern State, Georgia Southern, Louisiana Lafayette, Tennessee and Louisiana State.
He spent three years (2013-16) as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Western Carolina, leading a resurgence of the Catamount defense. Prior to Western Carolina, he coached one season (2012) at Charleston Southern where his defensive unit led the Big South Conference in pass defense and ranking third in scoring and total defense. Quinn additionally has previous coordinator experience from a year (2009) working as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Northwestern State, and two seasons (2010-11) at Georgia Southern coaching linebackers while also serving as the Eagles’ recruiting coordinator. AT GSU, he helped the Eagles win the 2011 Southern Conference championship and achieve two FCS semi-final playoff appearances.
He worked as a defensive line assistant for LSU during the 2008 season and from 2002-07, Quinn coached outside linebackers and the defensive line at Louisiana-Lafayette, helping win the 2005 Sun Belt championship. Quinn began his coaching career at the high school level, coaching outside linebackers and tight ends for a year (1995) at Armuchee (Ga.) High before spending five years (1996-99) coaching at Maryville (Tenn.) High where he helped lead the team to the 1998 Tennessee Class 4-A state championship. He then landed on the staff at Tennessee (1999-2002), as an offensive graduate assistant, taking part in the Vols’ 2001 SEC East Championship. Quinn coached in three bowl games while at UT.
Quinn has coached or recruited a number of NFL players, most notably Jason Whitten (Dallas), Tyson Jackson (Atlanta), Darius Eubanks (Tampa Bay), Jeremy Lane (Seattle), Antwoine Williams (Minnesota) and Edwin Jackson (Indianapolis). A four-year starter along the defensive line at Carson-Newman College, Quinn was an All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) selection, helping the Eagles claim four conference championships. He graduated with a degree in history and political science in 1995 before earning a master’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
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Russell Demasi joined the Savannah State University football staff in 2014 as quarterbacks coach.Demasi comes to SSU from Shorter University. During the 2013 season he was a graduate assistant and worked with the quarterback and fullbacks and during the 2014 season he served as co-special teams coordinator.
The Savannah, Georgia native was a member of the Georgia Southern University football team (2008-12) where he went from being a preferred walk-on to earning a scholarship during his senior year. He was named Scout Team Player of the Year in 2011.While in high school, Demasi was a 2006 and 2007 All-Greater Savannah first-team selection. DeMasi threw for 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior season for Savannah Christian Preparatory School, leading them to a 10-2 record and the second round of the Class AA playoffs.
Demasi earned his bachelors degree from GSU in general studies with a concentration in education, coaching and business in 2012 and earned his masters degree from Shorter in December 2014.He is the son of Karl Demasi, who now serves as athletics director and head basketball coach at Islands High School in Savannah. Karl has served as head coach in football, basketball and baseball at various Savannah schools since 1995.
Glenn Davis begins his second season at Savannah State. Davis has a wealth of experience coaching and playing Division One football, and joined SSU from perennial FCS Power Youngstown State. Under Davis, cornerbacks had six interceptions while the secondary had nine picks in 2013. The opportunistic group returned two pick-six’s for the year as Jameel Smith returned one 95 yards for a score at Indiana State and David Rivers had a 43-yard return for a touchdown in the win over Duquesne.
Junior Julius Childs and senior Dale Peterman were the veterans of the group. Peterman had a team-high three interceptions and in nine games had 37 tackles. Childs ranked third on the team with 68 stops in 10 games played. Childs also had two sacks for the year. In 2012, the cornerbacks were playing some of their best football in the final month of the campaign. Childs and Peterman were both first-year members of the program and started every game at the corner positions after joining the team in the fall. Childs received Missouri Valley Football Conference all-newcomer team accolades for his performance.
The two combined to make 101 tackles, including 71 unassisted stops. They combined for 12 pass breakups on the campaign. In the win over Pittsburgh, each forced a turnover to stop a Panther drive in Penguin territory. The Guins showed steady improvement on the defensive side of the football throughout the season. As a unit, YSU allowed just 95.5 yards rushing per game, the fourth-lowest total in school history. The Guins ranked sixth at the FCS level in fewest rushing yards allowed per contest. The Penguins allowed just 23 points in the last three games, the lowest total in a three-game stretch since 2003. YSU posted a 7-4 overall mark in 2012 highlighted by a 31-17 win at Pittsburgh, the program’s first-ever win over a BCS opponent.
He is a key recruiter for the program in the state of Florida, and has played a strong role in continuing to develop YSU’s ties to the Sunshine State. In 2013, Davis helped the program land tailback Martin Ruiz, a native of Tampa, Fla. Ruiz set a school freshman record for carries, yards and touchdowns and was named the MVFC’s Newcomer and Freshman of the Year. In 2014, the Guins signed eight players from the Sunshine State thanks to some of his home-state connections. Davis spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons under Skip Holtz at USF. In 2010, USF was 8-5 overall and defeated Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. In 2011, the Bulls were 5-7. One of USF’s first stars on the gridiron, Davis returned to the Bulls football program in July 2010 in the role of defensive quality control.
Davis spent the 2009 spring season as the secondary coach at Division II Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before moving on to Union Christian Prep Academy in Cincinnati in the fall to serve as the defensive coordinator. Prior to his stint there, Davis spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Freedom High School from 2007-08. In 2006, Davis was the defensive coordinator for the Birmingham Steeldogs of the arenafootball2 league. Following his USF career, Davis signed with the New York Jets in 2001 as a free agent, then played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2002) of the CFL and three years of arena football with the Orlando Predators (2003), the Carolina Cobras (2004) and the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers (2005).
A four-year starter with the Bulls from 1997-2000, Davis started 42 of 44 career games with the Bulls. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native was most known for making the first interception in program history on Sept. 6, 1997, against Kentucky Wesleyan. He finished his career with 155 total tackles, including 111 solo stops. He had 24 pass breakups and four interceptions for USF. The Bulls won seven games in each of his final two seasons after winning a high of eight in 1998. The 1995 Pinellas County Player of the Year at Dixie High School as named by the Tampa Tribune, Davis redshirted during the 1996 season at Purdue before transferring to USF for the team’s first season of football.
Davis spent his prep career at Dixie Hollins High School, leading the team to the state final in 1995 and earning first-team all-state honors at cornerback. He is a member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame having been inducted during the 2012 season. This is a modal window.