JCSU names Steven Aycock as head football coach
January 29, 2009
Charlotte, NC - Johnson C. Smith University has named Steven Aycock as the 20th Head Football Coach in Golden Bull history, according to JCSU Director of Athletics, Steve Joyner, Sr.
Johnson C. Smith University President, Dr. Ronald L. Carter said, "I am confident that Coach Aycock will deliver a winning program that captures the best of our athletic tradition, forms strategic alliances in Charlotte's diverse communities, and meets the University's standards for a highly motivated, highly talented student-athlete."
Aycock enters his fifth season as part of the Johnson C. Smith University football staff. This will be his first as head coach. Aycock had served as interim coach since November 2008. He spent the previous four seasons supervising football operations, recruiting, and coaching the offensive line. A student-athlete achieved All-CIAA status in 2007 as well as National Player of the Week honors under Aycock's tutelage.
"Steven definitely deserves this opportunity," said Joyner. "He has held our football student-athletes together and served as an excellent leader during some tumultuous times." Earlier this month, JCSU junior offensive lineman Stephen Seard passed away from complications caused by a seizure and former Golden Bulls' head coach Daryl McNeill was suddenly dismissed on November 5, 2008.
Aycock has continued to provide structure for the returning football players during the off-season and maintained recruiting efforts with the 2009 signing day quickly approaching.
"I learned a lot from my mentor Coach Bill Davis and Coach McNeill," said Aycock. "I am ready to make Johnson C. Smith football a powerhouse in the CIAA and in Division II football. This is my chance to showcase my knowledge of the game and what I've learned through my coaching experiences; and I greatly appreciate the support of President Ronald L. Carter, Coach Joyner, and the JCSU-Charlotte community," Aycock continued.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Aycock was an All-SIAC offensive lineman at Savannah State University in 1991 and `92, under the late Bill Davis. Aycock continued to learn from Davis at Tennessee State University as a student assistant from 1993-95, then joined McNeill's J.C. Smith staff in 1995. When McNeill returned to Savannah State in 1997, he sought out Aycock to join his staff.
When McNeill came back to JCSU in 2005, he hired Aycock as line coach and the Golden Bulls advanced to the Pioneer Bowl the next season with a 7-4 overall record. The team has yet to have a winning season since, prompting the university to seek new leadership for the football program.
Aycock earned a bachelor's degree in sports production from Savannah State University in 1994, and a master's degree in communications from Barrington University in 1999. He and his wife Donyell reside in Huntersville, NC.