Ivy League Football Has First Black Head Coach

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Ivy League Football Has First Black Head Coach


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Columbia University recently became the first Ivy League college to hire an African-American to lead its football program. Athletic director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy recently confirmed the hiring of Norries Wilson as the new head coach of the program. For the past four years, Wilson has been the offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. His best season came in 2004, when he guided the eighth most productive offense in Division I-A. That season, the Huskies went on to defeat the University of Toledo in the Motor City Bowl, 38-10, and Wilson was named one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in the nation.

"Norries Wilson is a dynamic leader with a full complement of leadership, coaching, management and communication skills, who will take this program where we want to go," Murphy said during a press conference. "We are proud to have Coach Wilson on board as the head coach of the Lions."

Wilson's experience as offensive coordinator should be well received from an offensive line that straggled last season.

"Definitely with that experience, I'm sure he is going to bring his knowledge of the offensive line to our offensive line," says sophomore center Mike Partain. …

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