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TJC Searching For New Football Coach

Tyler Junior College Head Football Coach Dale Carr has announced his resignation to accept the head coaching position at Angelo State University. Carr, 41, was introduced as the replacement for long-time ASU Coach Jerry Vandergriff at a news conference at the university this morning. Vandergriff resigned as head coach and athletic director, effective at the end of the 2004 football season, after 23 years at ASU. Carr coached Apaches teams to a 66-30 record and bowl game appearances in four of the past five seasons. His Apaches finished 8-4 in 2004, losing the Heart of Texas Bowl to Hutchinson (KS), 15-10.

"It's a loss for us but we wish Dale the very best," said TJC Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Tim Drain. "Dale has built a solid program, has a great deal of respect amongst coaches and fans across the country and he established a redshirt program that has become a model for other junior colleges."

Drain said a nationwide search for a new head coach at TJC would begin immediately. Carr came to TJC in 1991 and served as defensive coordinator, 1991-93 and offensive coordinator, 1994-95, under Delton Wright. In December 1995 he was named head coach. Prior to TJC, Carr served as a graduate assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he completed his master's degree, and as an assistant coach at Niwot High School in Colorado, 1988. Carr completed his bachelor's degree at Colorado State University, where he was a starting linebacker and team captain his junior season. He played for an Odessa Permian team that lost only one time in three years and won the state title in 1980, Carr's junior season. He was an all-state selection the following year. He and his wife, Vanessa, have two children, Alyssa and Benjamin Allen. At ASU, Carr will inherit a team with nine returning starters on each side of the ball.

''This was a young team last year, and I think there are a lot of good players at this school,'' Carr told the San Angelo Standard-Times last week. ''I don't want to write any checks that I can't cash next year, but I don't think they're that big of a step away from at least being an average team or maybe a step over five hundred.''

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