Sports shorts: 2017 to be Souers’ last at NAU | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Sports shorts: 2017 to be Souers’ last at NAU | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

On Monday North Arizona announced that this season will be NAU football head coach Jerome Souers’ last in charge of the Lumberjacks.

This season is Souers’ 20th as NAU head coach. He holds the Big Sky records for overall wins (112), conference wins (76) and years as head coach.

According to the school, the announcement was made “to ensure that Coach Souers’ leadership and service to NAU and student-athletes can be celebrated throughout the remainder of the season.”

The Lumberjacks (0-2) opened the season with a 62-24 loss at Arizona and 38-20 home defeat to Western Illinois.

“Rather than wait until the end of the season, we want to celebrate Jerome’s 20 years of service with NAU. We want our university, Flagstaff and Big Sky communities to have the opportunity to thank him, and wish him the best in the next chapter of his life. I want to thank Jerome for his service to NAU and the football program,” said NAU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos in a press release.

Up next for NAU is a trip to Cal Poly on Sept. 23, then Northern Colorado at home on Sept. 30.

“Jerome’s leadership and dedication has elevated our program to be a strong contender in the Big Sky Conference and has enhanced the lives of hundreds of student-athletes,” said NAU President Rita Cheng.

Souers has gone 112-105 at NAU. He is currently tied for seventh-longest tenured coach in the FCS.

Souers has coached 39 All-Americans and 177 all-conference players. Under his watch, 176 Lumberjacks have won Big Sky All-Academic awards and seven have been named Academic All-Americans.

NAU has gone to the NCAA I-AA/FCS Playoffs three times under Sauers:…

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