NCCU new head football coach named

North Carolina Central University named its new head football coach at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
December 19, 2013 7:57:15 PM PST
North Carolina Central University named its new head football coach at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Former head coach Henry Frazier III was fired in August after allegedly violating the terms of a domestic violence order.

After Frazier was fired, NCCU named Dwayne Foster, the assistant head coach, as interim head football coach. Foster expressed interest throughout the job search, but NCCU officials went in a different direction.

Jerry Mack, wide receivers coach at the University of South Alabama, was introduced Thursday as the newest head coach of the Eagles.

Mack, 33, has never held a head coaching job, but has been an assistant at four other D-1 programs. Mack spent the last two years at South Alabama. Since 2006, he has coached at Jackson State, Central Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Memphis.

The Eagles finished 5-7 this past season under Foster. In 2012, Frazier led the team to their first winning season since becoming a D-1 program with a 6-5 record.

But NCCU officals said Frazier's troubles away from the field "caused the university to shift its focus from the priorities of student-athletes."

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