Pat Mitchell, President of The Carpenter Health Network, was appointed chairman of the committee. “It’s a privilege to serve as the chair,” said Mitchell. “There are great times ahead for ULM and the football program, and I am honored to be a part of it.” The committee will hold a minimum of one meeting per week until the position has been filled.
ULM’s department of human resources has posted the job announcement on their website, as has College Sports Solutions (CSS)—the collegiate athletic search firm assisting ULM in the search.
According to the job description, “The University seeks an experienced, energetic, and innovative candidate who is charged with leading the football program. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to a program of competitive success built upon a foundation of integrity reflecting core institutional values.”
The pool of candidates has grown considerably over the last week, according to Mitchell. The goal of the search committee will be to determine which candidate is the strongest fit to move the football program forward.
Amid growing concerns about the quality of student-athlete education within the NCAA, the University has expressed deep interest in a coach who will instill, among other things, a higher focus on academic excellence. In an interview just this month with Inside Higher Ed, Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA, indicated that it was the responsibility of individual universities to ensure that athletes are earning high-quality degrees—not the NCAA. ULM is heeding this call and taking the effort very seriously.
Nick Bruno, ULM president, reiterated that the university would be transparent about the search process, but also indicated that those involved in the search would respect the confidentiality of the candidates.
According to Bruno, “The foundation has been set and we are all coming together with a singular goal of building upon that foundation to make our football program stronger and better.”