Ten football coaches HBCUs should consider hiring this offseason and why


Now that the regular season is officially over, and some schools are preparing for the postseason play, it is never too early to look ahead to who could be leading HBCU football programs in 2019 and beyond.

In all, for schools exploring to venture away from hiring the veteran retread head coach who has had mild success at various stops during his career, there are several unheralded assistant coaches and coordinators who might be overlooked even though they’ve been integral parts of successful HBCU operations.

Here are ten coaches to consider in no particular order:

T.C. Taylor – North Carolina Central – Offensive Coordinator

Taylor features an HBCU football lineage as a one-time wide receiver and quarterback at Jackson State where he finished runner-up to then-Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning for the 2001 Conerly Trophy, presented to Mississippi’s top college football player.

After a brief professional football career in the NFL and overseas, he worked his way up from Coahoma Community College in Mississippi to Texas Southern before landing at North Carolina Central. In his second season at NCCU as offensive coordinator, Taylor has orchestrated a group that is among the top-5 in the MEAC in points per game, total offense, rushing, and boasts the best red zone offense in the league, scoring at an 89.5 percent clip.

Ted White – Prairie View A&M – Offensive Coordinator

White’s impact on the offensive side of the ball has been beneficial for every program he’s coached. Recently completing his first year as the offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M, the Panthers were statistically among the leaders of every offensive category in the SWAC.

Before serving as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the previous two seasons, White was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Howard (his alma mater) from 2011-2016. In 2012, the Bison secured their first winning season since 2004 with a record of 7-4.

Quinton Morgan – Langston University – Head Coach

In only his fourth season as a head football coach at any level, Morgan has led the Langston program to a 30-5 record and two conference championships, including the inaugural Sooner Athletic Conference title this season. Under Morgan’s leadership, Langston has gone an astounding 28-1 in conference games since he took over as head coach during the 2015-16 season.

Vince Brown – Howard – Defensive Coordinator

There isn’t a level of the game of football that Brown hasn’t experienced either as a coach or a player. Currently serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Howard, Brown previously served in various defensive coaching positions with UConn, Virginia, and Richmond. He was also an inside linebackers coach for the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.

Brown played eight seasons with the New England Patriots after earning Kodak All-America, AP All-America, and All-SWAC conference honors as a star linebacker at Mississippi Valley State.

J

erry Mack – Rice – Offensive Coordinator

This name is familiar to those within the HBCU world. Last time anyone saw Mack roaming the sideline, he was the head coach at North Carolina Central. In four seasons at NCCU, Mack led the Eagles to at least a share of three cons