Roger Carr, athletic director and head football coach at East Mississippi Community College, will not return for the 2008-09 season, EMCC officials announced Friday. Carr has been head football coach at EMCC for four years.
“We certainly have mixed emotions about Coach Carr leaving. He comes from a long tradition of hard-working football coaches who cared about their players and cared about EMCC. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” EMCC President Dr. Rick Young said.
The Lions posted a 4-5 season this year, finishing third in the North Division.
Carr said he will leave EMCC with no regrets.
“I’m very thankful and grateful to EMCC for the opportunity I’ve been given for four years,” Carr said. “It has certainly been a challenge, but it’s been a rewarding experience. The support from the administration and the community has been good – and as this chapter of the book closes, I look forward to the future and seeing where we go next.”
Mickey Stokes, vice president of student services and athletics, said Carr’s replacement will be hired as head football coach only; athletic director duties will be reassigned on interim basis.
A native of Cotton Valley, La., Carr is an alumnus of Louisiana Tech University, where he helped the Bulldogs achieve a 24-1 record and back-to-back NCAA National Championships. Louisiana Tech inducted Carr into its Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Carr was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts, and played in the NFL for 10 years – beginning with the Colts from 1974-81 and finishing his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1982 and the San Diego Chargers in 1983.
Carr’s coaching career began in 1984 at his alma mater. He later coached at Northeast Louisiana University, Arkansas State University, Samford University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe – and was EMCC’s offensive coordinator from 1992-93.