(Raleigh, NC) – Shaw University’s Darrell Asberry was today named Head Football Coach at Texas Southern University.
“While we are sorry to be losing Coach Asberry, everyone at Shaw wishes him all the best as he begins this new challenge,” said Shaw University President Dorothy Cowser Yancy. Asberry
Asberry said that the choice to take the job at Texas Southern was a difficult one. “Raleigh is home for me in many ways, and the people here are family. Shaw gave me the opportunity to be a head coach, and I will always be grateful for that.”
"We hired Darrell Asberry as our next football coach at Texas Southern because if you look at his background and his track record, he developed Shaw into one of the premier Division II football programs," said Charles McClelland, TSU's athletics director, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports in Houston.
"He has a very high graduation rate. We wanted somebody that was going to come in and be a great football coach and a great fit for Texas Southern University and I think Darrell can help us achieve our goals."
Through his six seasons at Shaw University, Asberry has compiled an impressive 40-25 record overall (.615 winning percentage) and a striking 30-13 record (.697) within the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Under his leadership, the Bears won conference championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010. The team earned a berth in the NCAA Division II tournament in 2007 and 2010. In 2008, the Bears appeared in the Pioneer Bowl.
Asberry was named CIAA Coach of the Year in 2007, and was named the Pigskin Club's (Washington, DC) 2010 CIAA Coach of the Year.
“Coach Asberry built the program to this prominence,” said Alfonza Carter, Athletics Director at Shaw. “He will always be a part of the Shaw family, and we are excited that he is getting the opportunity to coach in Division I.”
Prior to assuming the head coaching duties at Shaw, Asberry was the Offensive Coordinator and Quaterbacks Coach at North Carolina Central. He also worked at Jackson State (his alma mater), Coahoma Community College and Albany State.
Asberry played professional football in the Canadian Football League and the World League of American Football as both a quarterback and wide receiver.
Asberry replaces Interim Head Coach Kevin Ramsey, who took the post in April after Johnnie Cole was released in the midst of an ongoing NCAA investigation into possible violations. The Tigers finished 4-7 overall under Ramsey, 2-7 in the Southwest Athletic Conference.
McClelland considers it very important that Asberry has agreed to keep interim head coach Kevin Ramsey on as the Tigers defensive coordinator.
"Coach Ramsey is going to be able to stay on as defensive coordinator," McClelland said. "I feel with that tandem we are going to have a formidable football program for many years to come.
Ramsey was TSU's defensive coordinator in 2010 when the Tigers won their first outright conference championship in the history of the school.
"Coach Ramsey has done everything that we have asked him to do," McClelland said. "He's been extremely loyal to Texas Southern University and we wanted to show that same loyalty to Coach Ramsey.