By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Autry Denson Jr. has been named the Charleston Southern head football coach on Monday. He replaces Mark Tucker, who resigned after the season.
Denson Jr. is taking over a program that went 5-6 during the 2018 season. He is now the fifth coach in program history.
“This is a great day for Buccaneer football,” CSU Athletic Director Jeff Barber said. “Autry Denson is a special person in many ways and stands out as both a recruiter and a coach. More importantly, he cares about his players as people first and will, therefore, have [a] great influence on their hearts and lives and will develop each of them into outstanding young men.”
He spent the last four seasons as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs Coach from 2015 through 2018. He also was the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Running Backs Coach in 2014.
Denson Jr. also had a stop with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Running Backs Coach from 2011 through 2013. He was the Pope John Paul II High School (now Saint John Paul II Academy Eagles) Head Coach in 2010.
In his playing career, he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and the Indianapolis Colts. He also played for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League in 2004.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God because this is His plan being played out on His timing,” Denson said. “My family and I have always trusted God for promotion. I want to thank Dr. Costin for his vote of confidence and support, as well as our athletic director Jeff Barber.
“I was drawn to Charleston Southern by the vision of this great Christian university of integrating faith in learning, leading, and serving. As a result, I knew this could be a place where I could build and lead a program to honor Christ by operating with character, integrity, transparency, accountability, and community.”
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