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West Va State names Monroe head football coach

May 20, 2006

Long time assistant coach Earl Monroe officially had the "interim" removed from his title when he was named Head Football Coach by West Virginia State University President Dr. Hazo Carter and Athletic Director Bob Parker at a press conference Thursday morning.

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Earl Monroe

Monroe had been serving as Head Coach since early February when Carl Lee stepped down after 10 seasons to accept another position on campus

A search committee presented a list of three finalists to Carter, who selected Monroe over fellow finalists Clifford "Kip" Shaw and Malen Luke.

Monroe, who had been in Florida and his native Georgia recently on a trip that combined recruiting and vacation, returned to the campus and met with Carter and other WVSU officials late Wednesday afternoon.

He was offered the job in that meeting, and accepted the position.

State officials were impressed with Monroe's aggressiveness in running the program in recent months, as the former defensive coordinator brought increased accountability for players on the academic and football sides.

Monroe, 49, has been with the Yellow Jackets since 1987, when he came to the Jackets' program as a volunteer assistant. The Atlanta native and former Miami (Fla.) and West Virginia Rockets linebacker has been the State defensive coordinator since 1996.

State Athletic Director Bob Parker promoted Monroe to interim coach shortly after Lee resigned Feb. 3.

Lee, a former South Charleston High and Marshall star who became an NFL Pro Bowl player in the Minnesota Vikings' secondary, had a 34-75 record in 10 seasons as the State coach, without a winning season.

The Jackets were 5-5 in 1999.

Monroe conducted spring practice and signed more than 45 recruits for the upcoming season as a one-man, full-time staff.

Dr. Gregory Epps, a special assistant to the WVSU president and the chairman of the search committee, said more than 125 individuals applied for the position vacated by Lee.

Jacob Messer Institute Daily Mail sportswriter contributed to this story

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