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.