DSU making progress on search for football coach

DOVER — It’s been nearly a month and a half since Delaware State University decided to change football coaches.

The Hornets are making progress in the search for a replacement for Kenny Carter.

Delaware State hosted the first round of interviews for the open position in late December, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The new coach could be named later this month.

Two names that have come up in the coaching search are former DelState offensive lineman Rod Milstead and former Hampton University head coach Connell Maynor. Neither could be reached for comment for this story.

Milstead’s name was expected to be mentioned. He’s also the most familiar to Hornet fans.

He graduated from Delaware State in 1992 before being selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played eight years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers.

Milstead returned to Delaware State in 2014 as the offensive line coach under Kermit Blount. But when Blount was let go after the season, the staff wasn’t retained when Carter was hired.

It was no secret around campus some of the players wanted Milstead to take over as head coach when Blount’s contract wasn’t renewed. In a surreal scene, Milstead was in the crowd at Carter’s introductory press conference and most of the team lined up to hug Milstead goodbye after Carter was announced as the new coach.

The 48-year-old Milstead is currently the head coach at La Plata High in Maryland. His only collegiate coaching experience is that one season under Blount at Delaware State.

Another name rumored to be interviewing is Maynor, Maynor resigned from his post at MEAC rival Hampton at the end of the season after the Pirates announced they are changing conferences to the Big South.

Maynor, who is also 48-years-old, was at Hampton for four seasons and finished with a record of 20-25. Prior to that he was the coach at Winston-Salem State, where he coincidentally took over for Blount.

Maynor coached Winston-Salem State to three NCAA Division II tournaments and reached the championship game once. While at Hampton, his best finish in the MEAC was third.

Both Milstead and Maynor would represent a different philosophy compared to the Carter hire as the Hornets would return to a coach with experience in the MEAC and at HBCUs.

Carter never coached at an HBCU but his resume boasted stops at some of the biggest programs in the country like Penn State, Florida and Louisiana State, yet the Hornets only went 3-30 in his three seasons.

At least three more coaches have interviewed for the opening, their names are unconfirmed at this time. Carter’s offensive line coach E.J. Junior is currently the interim coach, it is unknown if he is under consideration for the job.

While this might seem late to still have an head coach opening, Carter was not hired at Delaware State until Jan. 21 in 2015.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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