Defensive coach Junior named interim football coach at DSU

 

DOVER — Delaware State University announced E.J. Junior will take over as interim football coach after the school decided this weekend to not renew former coach Kenny Carter’s contract.

Delaware State also dismissed athletic director Skip Perkins. Mary Hill was announced as the interim athletic director.

A national search for a new football coach and athletic director will begin immediately.

Carter was let go after three years at the helm. The Hornets went 3-30 over that span, with the lowlight being a 17-game losing streak from 2016 to the middle of this season. It was the longest such streak in Division I until the Hornets defeated South Carolina State on Oct. 21.

Kenny Carter

“We thank Coach Carter for his service to the University, especially his commitment to maintaining a classroom first philosophy for his players,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Stacy Downing. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Junior was the defensive line coach for Delaware State under Carter. He has never had a Division I head coaching job but still boasts an impressive resume as a player.

Junior was a star at the University of Alabama before being drafted fifth overall in the 1981 NFL Draft. He played for 13 seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks.

Junior’s lone head coaching experience is a stint as Central State’s head coach in Ohio. In addition to his defensive line coach duties, Junior was also the director of player development at Delaware State.

Downing said it was important to make the changes right after the fall season concluded. When Carter was hired to replace Kermit Blount, he was not made official until two weeks before National Signing Day.

“Making these changes now was important to maintaining stability for our student-athletes and transparency with our recruiting class for the upcoming year,” she said. “Delaware State is a proud university with a rich tradition of student-athletes who compete in the classroom and their respective fields of play. This remains the foundation for building a leadership team of professionals that will support those athletes end-to-end and prepare them to be thoughtful, contributing citizens.”

Hill has been at Delaware State for five years working as the senior associate athletics director for internal operations and senior woman administrator. She replaces Perkins who joined DSU, also as an interim athletic director, in 2015.

Hill came to DelState from South Carolina State where she was the assistant athletic for internal operations. She previously had coached volleyball and softball at South Carolina State for 12 seasons.

“Mary enjoys the trust of all our coaches and student-athletes,” Downing said. “We expect a seamless transition in her new post.”

 

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