New coach Ron English talks of restoring pride in EMU program
by Shannon Shelton, Detroit Free Press
Former Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English was announced this afternoon as the new head football coach at Eastern Michigan.
English, who was the defensive coordinator at Louisville in 2008, takes over after the school decided not to renew the contract of former head coach Jeff Genyk. Genyk went 16-42 in five seasons.
“I’m truly aware that the football program hasn’t been as successful in past years as some of the other athletic programs at this institution, but we will look forward to changing the culture and making the football program a source of pride again,” English said during his introductory press conference.
English is now one of five African-American head coaches at the 119 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) ranks. The others are Buffalo’s Turner Gill, Miami’s Randy Shannon, Houston’s Kevin Sumlin and New Mexico’s Mike Locksley.
Among the attendees at today’s press conference were former U-M head coach Lloyd Carr, who helped the Eagles in their hiring process and current U-M athletic director Bill Martin. Both said they were there to support English, and Carr spoke of the passion and intensity that English brought to U-M.
He expects English to bring the same to Eastern.
“That’s the same type of thing he displayed the first time I interviewed him and it was one of the main reasons I hired him,” Carr said.
Director of Athletics Derrick Gragg said that English will receive a five-year contract, and terms have not yet been released.