|NC A&T announces AD and Head Football Coach|
GREENSBORO, NC -North Carolina A&T announced dual appointments at an afternoon press conference introducing Earl Hilton as director of athletics and Rod Broadway as head football coach. Chancellor Harold Martin announced the appointment of Hilton after which Hilton announced the hiring of Broadway.
“For the last three months, Mr. Hilton has served as interim athletics director,” said Martin. “During this time, we have had the opportunity to examine his work ethic and professional practices, and we have been impressed with both his managerial and interpersonal skills. We are anticipating significant changes and growth in our athletics programs under Earl’s leadership.”
Hilton is no stranger to N.C. A&T. He worked as the department’s finance, compliance and personnel director from 2000-02. After his first stint with Aggie Athletics, he spent eight years an assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the university. His duties included budget oversight, personnel development and management. In addition to his role in student affairs, Hilton assisted Aggie Athletics in its second-cycle NCAA certification. Before becoming the interim director of athletics, he was the chairman of N.C. A&T’s 2011 NCAA re-certification committee.
“In many ways, student affairs and athletics mirror one another,” said Hilton. “Both areas offer an environment to nurture, train and protect the welfare of our students. I want to assure you that N.C. A&T Athletics will be steeped in individual accountability, transparency and student safety.”
Broadway will become the school’s 18th head football coach. Less than a week earlier, he had indicated that he was staying at Grambling, however Onnidan sources indicate that a very negative e-mail campaign directed at Broadway contributed to his change of heart.
“Mr. Broadway’s record speaks for itself,” said Hilton. “We are very excited with the new turn North Carolina A&T football took today. We are looking forward to Mr. Broadway restoring the winning tradition our fans have become so accustomed to having.” Broadway comes to N.C. A&T with impressive credentials. He spent four years as the head coach of N.C. Central. After leaving the Eagles’ program he had a four-year stay at Grambling State University. Between those two universities, he compiled a combined record of 68-23, .750 winning percentage.
"I must say that Grambling has lost a true leader and a developer of young men," said GSU athletics director Lin Dawson in a statement released by the University. "His record speaks for itself. He built a championship program and left us with a foundation to be one of the best football programs in the region, as well as in Black College Sports. I will miss him both as a friend and as a colleague that I could count on."
“I’m excited about coming to N.C. A&T,” said Broadway. “Their tradition and fan support is second to none. I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies before us. If everything I hear about Aggie Pride is true, we’re going to win and win big here.”
|Last Updated ( Fri Feb 4, 2011 - 9:49am )|