Pittman relieved as head football coach; DeGrate named interim



March 28, 2016 – Fort Valley State University Director of Athletics Dr. Joshua Murfree announced today that head football coach Donald Pittman has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. Assistant head coach Keithen DeGrate will serve as interim head coach for the Wildcats.

“On behalf of the university’s athletics program, I’d like to thank Coach Pittman for his service to our football program over the past seven years,” Murfree said. “However, after careful consideration, I believe this decision is in the best interest of our student athletes, the athletics department and the institution. We wish Donald Pittman well in his future endeavors.”

Pittman had served as FVSU’s head coach since December 2009 and had compiled a 40-33 overall record in seven seasons.

The university is launching a national search for a new head football coach.

FVSU’s football team finished the 2015 season with a loss in the SIAC Eastern Division Title game against Albany State. The 2016 football season kicks off on Sept. 4 in Birmingham, Ala. against Miles College.

For more information, contact Willie K. Patterson, Jr., director of Sports Information, at (478) 825-6437.

 

–FVSU–

 

Pamela Berry-Johnson
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(478) 825-6319
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