NCCU’s Mack Named MEAC Football Coach of the Year


NORFOLK, Va. – After leading the Eagles to their third consecutive conference championship and the program’s first NCAA Division I-FCS national ranking, North Carolina Central University head coach Jerry Mack has been named the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Football Coach of the Year, the MEAC announced Monday.


NCCU (9-2, 8-0 MEAC) beat nationally-ranked North Carolina A&T 42-21 on Nov. 19 to capture the MEAC championship. After sharing the league crown in 2014 and 2015, the Eagles are the conference’s first outright champion since 2012. NCCU’s nine triumphs represent the most by the Eagles in the program’s Division I era.


The Eagles received their first national ranking as a Division I-FCS program on Nov. 7, when the FCS Coaches Poll announced NCCU at No. 25. By the end of the regular season, the Eagles jumped to No. 18.


Mack has achieved unprecedented success in his first three seasons as head football coach at NCCU.


Taking over a program that posted a losing record prior to his arrival in Durham, Mack has led the Eagles to three consecutive MEAC championships and an overall record of 24-10, including a 21-3 mark against conference opponents. His 24 victories are more than any NCCU football coach has ever collected in their first three seasons.


In addition to the MEAC Coach of the Year award, Mack has been named as one of 15 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS Coach of the Year.