By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to FootballScoop, Northern Arizona head coach Jerome Souers has retired. He is expected to move into a new role within the Athletic Department.
Offensive coordinator Aaron Pflugrad will be named the interim head coach. Souers had been the head coach for 21 seasons.
According to reports, President Rita Cheng and Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow attempted to convince Souers to return. However, they could not change his mind.
He was 123-114 at the school. This past season, the team had a 4-6 record. It was his worst season since a 4-7 mark during the 2011 season.
This season, the Lumberjacks defeated the UTEP Miners, 30-10, in the season-opener on September 1st. Northern Arizona then lost back-to-back games, including a loss to No. 6 Eastern Washington Eagles, 31-26, on September 8th.
The Lumberjacks evened their record at 2-2 with a 31-23 win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on September 22nd. The team then fell to 3-2 with a loss to the Idaho State Bengals, before defeated No. 6 Weber State Wildcats, 28-24, on October 6th.
The team would then lose three straight games. Their November 10th game against the Sacramento State Hornets was canceled due to poor air quality due to the Camp Fire in Northern California.
The Lumberjacks won their season finale on November 17th. They defeated the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 31-16, at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Arizona.
His best seasons came in 2003 and 2013. Each season, he had nine wins. He went 9-4 in 2013, before losing in the I-AA Playoff Quarterfinals, 48-25, to the Florida Atlantic Owls.
In 2013, he guided the team to a 9-3 record. The Lumberjacks were defeated 41-10 by the San Diego Toreros in the FCS playoff first-round.
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