Eastern Michigan fires head coach Ron English

Dr. Saturday

Ron English was fired by Eastern Michigan Friday, one day prior to the Eagles’ home contest with Western Michigan, the school announced.

English was nine games into his fifth season at EMU, who are 1-8 this season. He had compiled an 11-46 overall record as the Eagles’ head coach since being hired in 2009. Stan Parrish will take over as interim head coach for the rest of the season while a national search will take place to find English’s replacement.

“At this time, I have decided that a change in the leadership of our football team is necessary,” EMU Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke said in statement. “Eastern Michigan University’s commitment to our student-athletes remains of the utmost importance as we move forward with the rest of the season and in selecting the new leader of our program.”

English arrived at EMU after five years as an assistant at Michigan, including two years as the defensive coordinator. He also was the defensive coordinator for Louisville in 2008 before being hired by EMU. English also coached at Arizona State, San Diego State and Northern Arizona after his playing career at California.

He steadily built up the EMU program up from 0-12 in his first year to 6-6 in 2011, but the Eagles fell back to 2-10 in 2012 and are currently 1-8.

Eastern Michigan is now the fifth FBS school to make a head coaching change this season joining USC, UConn, Miami (OH) and Florida Atlantic.

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