JACKSON, Miss. — While Jackson State University head football coach Rick Comegy signed new players to his team, he also made a commitment to Jackson State. Comegy agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Tigers’ program through the 2011 season. His initial four-year contract would have expired at the end of 2009.

“I am grateful for the chance to lead the Tigers through the 2011 season,” said Comegy. “I want to thank President Mason for his confidence in my leadership and for recommending the contract extension to IHL.”

President Ronald Mason Jr. says he is happy that Comegy chose to remain at Jackson State.

“Comegy has been good not only for Jackson State football, but for Jackson State and therefore the Capital City,” said President Ronald Mason Jr. “We have a very rich tradition of winning here. I’m confident that Comegy and his exceptional coaching staff will continue to build on that tradition.”

After two seasons as head coach, Comegy has led the Tigers to their first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship since 1996. Comegy’s Tigers defeated the Grambling State Tigers 42-31, to capture JSU’s 16th SWAC Championship. Under Comegy, the Tigers have compiled a 14-9 overall record.

Comegy has more than 30 years of coaching experience having served at Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Ala.), Central State (Wilberforce, Ohio), Millersville University (Millersville, Penn.), Colgate University (Hamilton, New York) and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (Cheyney, Penn.).


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