Dover, Del. --- Citing a need to strengthen the University’s sports programs and build on an exceptional academic standing and profile throughout the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Delaware State University Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Stacy Downing today appointed Mary Hill, senior associate athletics director for internal operations and senior woman administrator, as interim director of athletics.
Hill replaces Louis “Skip” Perkins, whose contract as director of athletics was not renewed by the University.
Now in her fifth year on the Delaware State staff and current supervisor for seven Hornet sports teams, Hill was a successful coach and athletics administrator at fellow MEAC member South Carolina State prior to her DSU tenure.
“Mary enjoys the trust of all our coaches and student-athletes, and we expect a seamless transition in her new post,” Downing said.
Perkins was appointed as Delaware State’s Interim Director of Athletics in 2015. He previously served as athletics director at Howard University and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Downing has also announced that the contract of Delaware State Head Football Coach Kenny Carter will not be renewed for the 2018 season. Carter, whose contract expires on January 31, posted a 3-30 record in three seasons with the Hornets, including a 2-9 mark in 2017.
“We thank Coach Carter for his service to the University, especially his commitment to maintaining a classroom first philosophy for his players,” Downing said. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Hornets’ defensive line coach and director of player development E.J. Junior has been appointed as interim head football coach. Junior, a former National Football League standout and college star at the University of Alabama under legendary coach Bear Bryant, previously served as head coach at Central State (OH) before joining the DSU staff.
Noting the importance of building new momentum for the athletics department, Downing commented, “Making these changes now, after the fall sports seasons have concluded, was important to maintaining stability for our student-athletes and transparency with our recruiting class for the upcoming year.”
She added, “Delaware State is a proud University with a rich tradition of student-athletes who compete in the classroom and their respective fields of play. This remains the foundation for building a leadership team of professionals that will support those athletes end-to-end and prepare them to be thoughtful, contributing citizens.”
Downing stated that the University will conduct national searches for a director of athletics and head football coach.