GSU begins search for new coach


Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has appointed a nine-member search committee to consider and identify the university’s next head football coach.

“We have a lot of work to do, there are a lot of needs and we need a good administrator, a good manager who also has coaching experience,” said Pogue, who said the university has officially posted the coaching vacancy. “We need someone who is a positive, upbeat leader, someone with strong organizational skills and someone who will put our student-athletes first while doing what’s necessary to develop strong relationships across athletics, the university, the community and among alumni.”

Athletics Director Aaron James said he will work closely with the search committee to ensure a thorough and exhaustive search, and one that will yield a strong field of candidates.

James said while there is no definite timetable, he hopes for a swift conclusion, it is more important to identify and hire the best candidate. “We need a team player, someone who will work with the other coaches and me,” added James, who took on permanent AD duties just recently.

Pogue appointed Leon Sanders, vice president for finance and administration, to chair the search committee. The president said the search committee includes a diverse representation of university employees, alumni and a student-athlete representative.

Interested candidates can find the job description and posting in the unclassified section at

In addition to Sanders, the search committee includes Wilbert Ellis, president of the Friends of Eddie G. Robinson Museum; Stacey Duhon, vice president for student affairs and enrollment; Ezzard Burton, Monroe-Ouachita Alumni Chapter; Jackie Slack, Monroe-Ouachita Alumni Chapter; Bertram Lovell, GSU track coach; Phillippe Carter, GSU assistant athletic director of compliance; Janet Guyden, dean of the college of professional and graduate studies and Tyree Hollis, a student-athlete and member of the football team.