By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jim Terwilliger has been named the East Stroudsburg Warriors head football coach, according to FootballScoop. He was named the interim head coach following the retirement of Denny Douds.
“I am extremely pleased that Coach Terwilliger has accepted our offer to become our permanent head football coach,” Director of Athletics Dr. Gary Gray said. “We have complete confidence in Jimmy’s ability to recruit, coach and lead the program in a positive direction. We’re very excited to start this new chapter in the storied history of Warrior football.”
He graduated from the school in 2007. Terwilliger was named the interim head coach on Saturday, October 27th after Douds resigned from his position after a 48-35 loss to Ohio Dominican.
He coached the final two games of the season. They lost 48-7 to the Shippensburg Raiders with Terwilliger as the interim head coach on November 3rd.
Then, on November 10th, ESU defeated the Clarion Golden Eagles, 23-17, on November 10th.
Douds retired with 264 wins, the most in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football history. In his final season, the team went 2-8; however, his final record was 1-7.
The football team defeated Seton Hill Griffins with a 41-34 win on September 8th in East Stroudsburg, Pa. under Douds’ final win.
“I am both humbled and honored by the opportunity to be the head football coach at East Stroudsburg University,” Terwilliger said. “This is a dream job for me. East Stroudsburg is where I call home, and it is truly Where Warriors Belong. This is a new era of Warrior football, and I am excited to attack head on the challenges that we will face.”
In February 2018, he was promoted to being the team’s Associate Head Coach. Prior to being appointed the Associate Head coach, he was the team’s defensive backs coach from 2015 through 2017.
He also served as the Parkland High School Trojans assistant coach during the 2014 season. Terwilliger also was the Pleasant Valley High School Bears from 2009 through 2013.
In 2007 and 2008, he was the East Stroudsburg South High School Cavaliers assistant coach. As an ESU player, he had a 148 career touchdown passes.
He was also an All-American from 2003 through 20006. In addition, he was the PSAC East Player of the Year from 2003 through 2005.
In 2005, he won the Harlon Hill Trophy. This award is given to the most valuable player in Division II athletics. It is considered the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.