DSU Interim Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers announced Thursday that a search has begun to find a new football coach at DSU.
The head coaching position was left vacant after Jamey Chadwell resigned to take the head football coaching position at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C., a school that competes in the Big South Conference in Division I Football. Chadwell was officially announced as the school’s head coach Thursday in a press conference.
The Statesmen are beginning their second quest for a head coach in 13 months. In December of 2011, Ron Roberts, who was DSU’s head coach from 2007-11, resigned to take the head coaching position at Southeastern Louisiana, which is another Division I school that competes in the Southland Conference.
When the Statesmen went 3-7 last year in Chadwell’s only season, it marked their first losing season since 2002. In their history, the Statesmen have advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs seven times with a NCAA Division II National Championship in 2000 and another trip to the Division II National Title game in 2010 when the Statesmen lost to the University of Minnesota-Duluth 20-17.
The urgency to find a head coach couldn’t be anymore important as national signing day in NCAA football is set for Feb. 6.
“Delta State’s football program has become synonymous with success, and we have already initiated the beginning phases of our search to find our next head coach,” Mayers said in a statement released by the university.