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Alcorn launches search for permanent head football coach

March 05, 2012– Knowing the seriousness of the search process, Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II said it is primarily his responsibility to determine the best structure for an efficient and effective method to identify only the “best” candidates to take the helm of leading the Braves football program.

Today, President Brown met with the University’s leadership to outline the new process for selecting its next football coach. The three-phase process has a 24-member screening committee:

Chair/Ex-Officio
Malvin Williams Sr.

Foundations
ASU Foundation, Inc. Designee – Robert Gage
ASU National Alumni Association Foundation, Inc. Designee – John Walls

Alumni
Alumni Association Designee – James Stubbs
A-Club Designee – Orpheus Triplett

Academics
Provost’s Office Designee – Donzell Lee
Academic Dean – Robert Carr
Faculty Senate – Dickson Idusuyi
Department Chair – Meg Brown
Faculty Assembly Chair – April Owens Rankin

Staff
Staff Senate Designee – Donna Hayden
President’s Cabinet Designee – Jessie Stephney
President’s Council Designee – Derek Greenfield

Athletics
Faculty Athletic Representative – John Igwebuike
Athletics – LLJuna Weir
Head Coach – Tonya Edwards

Students
Student Government Association President – Brandon Rook
Miss ASU – ArKayla Ellis
Male Student Athlete – Cedric Pomerlee
Female Student Athlete – Arielle Buchmann

Community
Adams County – Tony Fields
Warren County – Paul Winfield
Jefferson County – Rogers King
Claiborne County – James Johnston

The head football coach reports to the director of intercollegiate athletics and is required to adhere to and have extensive knowledge of the policies, rules, and regulations as set forth by the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), and the University.

The head football coach will be responsible for the overall management of Alcorn’s football program, which encompasses, but is not limited to directing a staff of assistant coaches, coordinators, trainers, and student support personnel who have specific responsibility for offense, defense, linebackers, quarterbacks, receivers, etc.

The head football coach must also establish a strong relationship between the University and the community; develop student athletes mentally, physically, and emotionally; effectively manage all operational, fiscal, and administrative activities; and, perform other related duties as assigned by the director of intercollegiate athletics and/or the president.

Alcorn’s Human Resources Department must receive complete application packets prior to 12 noon CST on March 19, 2012. The Screening Committee will receive all completed packets on March 21 and will evaluate packets based on a scoring rubric. The scoring rubric will determine the top three to five candidates to advance to the interview process. The Screening Committee will elect the Interview Committee comprised of one representative from each of the sub-groups.

The Interview Committee will conduct reference checks and formally interview the applicants and recommend two to three preferred candidates unranked to the president for final decision.

Transparency is key to finding the best candidate, said President Brown. When describing the ideal candidate he said, “Alcorn prefers an individual with a master’s degree, comprehensive knowledge of NCAA and SWAC regulations, and proven recruitment experience in Mississippi and the south who demonstrates the University’s commitment to knowledge and character. I would particularly like an individual with Division I coaching experience outside of the SWAC conference with a team that has enjoyed post-season play.”

Required documents are as follows: 1) Online Application (www.alcorn.edu); 2) Resume’; 3) A copy of transcripts for all completed degrees (official transcript will be required if selected for interview); 4) five references w/ cellular number and e-mail addresses included; 5) a written statement for each of the following topics: “Perspective on APR;” “Why Knowledge and Character Matter;” “What is a Student-Athlete;” and 6) complete the attached Applicant Authorization and Release to Conduct a Background Reference Check.

For additional information, visit www.alcorn.edu and click on the “Work for Alcorn” tab.