There are 11 Division I HBCU football programs that will be opening the 2018 season with new head coaches.

North Carolina A&T ended the 2017 football season with a 12-0 record and a Celebration Bowl championship which resulted in then head coach Rod Broadway announcing his retirement.


Former defensive coordinator, Sam Washington was named the program’s new head coach and will likely be expected to continue the winning ways that Broadway established.

Other first-year head coaches include:

  • Donald Hill-Eley – Alabama State
  • Connell Maynor – Alabama A&M
  • Cedric Thomas – Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • Rod Milstead – Delaware State
  • Willie Simmons – Florida A&M
  • Robert Prunty – Hampton
  • Ernest Jomes – Morgan State
  • Granville Eastman – North Carolina Central
  • Vincent Dancy – Mississippi Valley State
  • Eric Dooley – Prairie View A&M

With each program having its own unique set of expectations for a successful season, which first-year head coach will make the biggest impression of the 2018 football season?  Take a moment to vote in the poll below.  Poll closes Friday, Aug. 10 at 11:59 p.m.

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