Deion Sanders would be the subsequent head soccer coach at Jackson State, he introduced Sunday on his new podcast.
“God known as me to Jackson State,” Sanders mentioned on the primary episode of “21st & Prime,” in response to a transcription by the Clarion Ledger.
Jackson State introduced the hiring on Monday.
Sanders, a member of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame following a stellar NFL profession throughout which he additionally performed Main League Baseball, is a first-time head coach on the collegiate stage.
“I’m really blessed to be the 21st Head soccer coach of Jackson State College,” Sanders mentioned within the faculty‘s assertion Monday. “It is my need to proceed this storied custom and historical past of JSU and prayerfully carry extra nationwide recognition to the athletes, the college, the Sonic Growth of the South, and HBCUs typically.”
“It’s totally large for Jackson State College,” athletic director Ashley Robinson mentioned, in response to the Clarion Ledger’s transcription. “Not just for Jackson State College, that is very large for the nation proper now. Very large for the state of Mississippi. To Coach Prime, Jackson State College — a blue blood program filled with Corridor of Famers — it is simply a good time.”
Within the assertion Monday, Robinson mentioned, “Coach Sanders is student-athlete centered and cares about younger males and their wellbeing past the soccer subject. We count on to compete for and win championships at Jackson State, and Coach Sanders will assist us obtain these targets.”
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Presently serving because the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian Faculty in Cedar Hill, Texas, Sanders will end out the season there earlier than starting preparations for Jackson State’s season, which has been pushed to the spring by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thomas Hudson, Jackson State’s appearing president, mentioned on the podcast that the transfer was a results of the “grace of God” and the historical past of Jackson State soccer, in response to the Clarion Ledger.
Deion Sanders, 53, backed Hudson’s feedback on the podcast when requested why he was taking the job.
“Why not? Is not this the time?” mentioned Sanders, who starred as a defensive again within the NFL. “Is not this the second? Is not this what’s wanted? To match what our president eloquently mentioned, it is a match made in heaven. This can be a God transfer.”
Sanders replaces John Hendrick, who went 6-9 general and 5-5 within the SWAC East. Jackson State’s most up-to-date profitable season got here in 2013.