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DSU Releases Al Lavan From Head Football Coaching Position
Al Lavan posted a 41-36 record in seven seasons as head coach of the Hornets
Delaware State University Athletics Director Derek Carter announced today that, effective immediately, Al Lavan will not be retained in the capacity of head football coach.
The DSU athletics director said after three consecutive losing seasons, “it is time for a change.”
Carter added that current defensive coordinator Rayford Petty has been appointed as the team’s interim head coach.
“While we can note that there have been some successes during the Lavan era - most notably the 2007 conference championship - the team has not been as competitive following that accomplishment as we believe it should have been,” Carter said.
“While we hope to build on what we have seen is possible for the Hornet football program, presently we have determined that we need to move the team in a new direction,” the DSU athletic director said. “We thank Coach Lavan for the dedication he has exhibited over these seven years.”
Lavan ends his DSU tenure with a record of 41-36. His best coaching season took place in 2007 when he led DSU to a championship 8-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference record (10-2 overall), which earned the team its first-ever post-season appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Over the last three seasons under Lavan, the Hornets had a combined record of 12-20, which included the recently concluded 2010 season record of 3-8.
Carter said a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
By Delaware State University Athletics