Daryl McNeill, second year head football coach at Savannah State University formally resigned today to take the position of offensive coordinator at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.
Steven Wilks, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at SSU was named interim head coach to replace McNeill.
McNeill informed SSU President Dr. Carlton E. Brown and athletic director Dr. Jerome H. Fitch of his decision to leave the university in a meeting late this afternoon. Coach McNeill finished the 1998 season at SSU with a 7-4 record after posting a 3-8 record in 1997.
McNeill was named head football coach at Savannah State on April 1, 1997. He had formerly served as offensive coordinator at Savannah State under head coach Bill Davis but left with Davis at the end of the 1992 season to take a job as offensive coordinator at Tennessee State University.
McNeill left Tennessee State in 1995 to take the head football coaching position at Johnson C. Smith University. In two years at J.C. Smith, he took the team from a 2-8 finish to a 7-3 finish.
As a head football coach, McNeill has a four-year record of 19-23. At Savannah State, he was 10-12 in two years.
A national search for a permanent replacement for McNeill will begin immediately.