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JCSU Names Daryl McNeill as New Head Football Coach

December 22, 2004

(CHARLOTTE, NC)--Johnson C. Smith University officials named Daryl McNeill as its new head football coach and assistant athletics director Monday. McNeill is replacing former Golden Bulls Coach Tim Harkness.

This is the second time McNeill has served as JCSU's head coach within the last decade. He initially worked for the university in 1995 through 1997. He had a record of 7-3 in his final season.

During his earlier tenure at the university, McNeill was named Black College Sports Page Co-Coach of the Year. He also led JCSU's football team to its first winning season since 1983.

"I have been around the world and now I am returning home," McNeill said during Monday's press conference. "My job now is to make sure that we stay on the right track to be a winning football team here at Johnson C. Smith University," he said. JCSU has just finished a 0-10 football season.

McNeill comes to Johnson C. Smith University from North Carolina A & T, where he served as the associate head coach to their football team.

McNeill has 21 years of coaching experience on Division I-AA and Division II levels. He has coached football and basketball teams in various roles at South Carolina State, Savannah State, Tennessee State and Jonesboro Senior High School in Jonesboro, Ga.

He has a Master's degree in Business and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He obtained both degrees from South Carolina State in Orangeburg, S.C.

McNeill is a Seneca, S.C. native.


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