JONESBORO — Arkansas State head football coach Butch Jones announced Friday that former Red Wolves quarterback Ryan Aplin will be ASU’s running backs coach.
Aplin, a two-time Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year, spent the 2020 season as co-offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky. His coaching career has also included stops at Auburn (2014-15), North Alabama (2016, 2018-19), Tennessee-Chattanooga (2018-19) and WKU.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Ryan and his wife, Tori, sons Maverick and Hawkins and daughter, Naomi, into our Arkansas State coaching family,” Jones said. “Ryan has a great passion for his alma mater, and we couldn’t be more delighted to see him back in Jonesboro coaching on the same field where he broke numerous school records and helped lead this program to two Sun Belt Conference championships as a quarterback. He is a natural leader, outstanding coach and a tremendous addition to our staff.”
Aplin helped lead WKU to an upcoming appearance in the LendingTree Bowl in his only season as the Hilltoppers’ co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach.
Prior to WKU, Aplin was North Alabama’s offensive coordinator and QBs coach in 2018 and 2019.
He was North Alabama’s wide receivers coach in 2016, then took a position as the wide receivers coach at UTC in 2017.
Prior to his first stop at UNA, Aplin served as a graduate assistant at Auburn while earning a master’s degree in adult education. He spent the 2013 season as a football administrative assistant at Ole Miss.
A Tampa, Fla., native, Aplin was named Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 when the Red Wolves won back-to-back league titles. He still holds school records for career total offense (12,514 yards), completions (906) and passing yards (10,758), while his 67 touchdown passes stand as the second most.