Texas College names new athletic director, head football coach

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Released by Larry Everett with Texas College:

EAST TEXAS - The 2009-2010 Athletic Program at Texas College will begin in a new direction with Mr. Rickey Carson being named the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. Carson, who comes from Mississippi Valley State University, will take over the helm in guiding the Steers football team and the Athletic Program to a new level of sportsmanship.

With sound academic achievement at the forefront of this new level of direction, Texas College President, Dr. Dwight Fennell, said, "We are making a shift in our Athletic Program, which will position ourselves to focus more on the six core values of the institution, which are:  academic excellence, integrity, perseverance, social responsibility, tolerance, and community service.  This administration believes that the athletic program should be administered in such a way that athletics remain in keeping with the College's liberal arts tradition."

President Fennell added, "The offering of athletics at Texas College is significant to the growth and maturation of students.  When offered in keeping with the mission and vision of the College, both the student participants and the College are benefactors.  The purpose of athletics at Texas College is to provide an opportunity for students to compete in intercollegiate sports in an educationally sound environment.  Athletics is integral to the social and cultural fabric of a college campus."

Orenthia Mason, Vice President for Student Affairs, added that, "The future of athletics at Texas College is great!  We are looking forward to our athletes returning for the Summer School session and the Fall 2009 semester.  President Fennell is committed to recruiting and developing students who will achieve academically as well as excel in their chosen sport.  Athletics is considered to be a part of the total educational process with a broad-base of opportunity for participation."

The Texas College Athletic Program offers 10 intercollegiate sports for men and women on the NAIA level of play.  The College offers basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, and track and field for women; while men's sports include football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and track and field.

Carson brings a wealth of experience to Texas College.  After playing collegiate football at Mississippi Valley State University, Carson joined his alma mater as the running back coach.  He then joined the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1987 as the offensive coordinator, and quarterback coach.  In 1991, Carson joined Greenville High School and Drew High School as offensive football coordinator. He then accepted a post at Norfolk State University in 1993 as defensive line coach and assistant head football coach.  In 1995, he was named defensive line coach at Alabama State University, and in 1998, he became a part of Alcorn State University as assistant head coach as well as offensive coordinator.  In 2000, Carson accepted positions at Paul Quinn College as offensive coordinator, assistant head football coach, and head golf coach. In 2006, Carson was named the head football coach at Jack Robey Junior High School.  After spending a short stint at his alma mater, Mississippi Valley State University in 2007, Carson joined Texas College as dean of students in January 2009, and was named athletic director and head football coach this week.  He is also a swimming and water safety instructor, and holds a 5th degree black belt in karate.

President Fennell stated, "We appreciate the work and support provided by Coach Jay Brown and his coaching staff.  Brown was part of the foundation of the football program.  He was the school's first and only head coach after a 40-year hiatus from the sport.  He joined Texas College in 2003 to rekindle the football program."

President Fennell added, "The Athletic Program exists to create a rallying point for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community, while still enhancing educational values.  Fair play and competition in the true sense are principles that drive this program.  The health and welfare of the student-athlete are of utmost concern.

Texas College is a residential and coeducational four-year, liberal arts college that awards the baccalaureate and associate degrees.  It was founded in 1894 as an historically black college by a group of ministers interested in offering a quality education to African-American youth during periods of disenfranchisement.  Today, the College has a diverse student population and admits students of any race, color, age, gender, or national or ethnic origin.  Texas College is affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

The mission of Texas College is to ensure that graduates experience a balanced intellectual, psycho-social and spiritual development aimed at making them active and productive members of society.  The College pursues academic excellence, instills integrity, implants perseverance, promotes social responsibility, emphasize tolerance, and encourage community service by its students as essential anchors in fulfilling its mission in an ever-changing world.