Raleigh, NC -- Saint Augustine's University (SAU) has fired Athletics Director George Williams and named David Bowser Interim AD.
Williams' career had lasted over 52 years at SAU.
Bowser was named head football coach last November after completing a 20-year stint at Fayetteville State Univerity where he was the longest-tenured assistant among all coaches at the CIAA school. During his time at Fayetteville State (FSU), Bowser helped the Broncos emerge as one of the top football teams in the CIAA.
Bowser was an assistant coach on Bronco football teams that won CIAA titles in 2002, 2003 and 2009. In 2019, the Broncos captured their third consecutive Southern Division crown and made their third straight appearance in the CIAA Championship Game.
"The University is pleased to have Coach Bowser take on this role and we look forward to him making a significant impact with our scholar-athletes, especially during this time of global transition in sports," said Dr. Maria Lumpkin, Interim University President. She added, "Coach Williams has been an integral part of the University for over 50 years and we appreciate his selfless dedication as well as his willingness to place the Falcon Nation on a worldwide platform throughout his celebrated career."
The announcement isn't without controversy. Williams' attorney released the following statement.
"St. Augustine’s unlawfully terminated his employment today without cause.
Coach Williams will vigorously fight for his rights so he can continue to serve the students and the greater community. If there was ever an individual who should be able to complete his mission on his terms, it is Coach Williams."