Dover, Del. (Apr. 2, 2014) --- One of the most decorated players in the history of the Delaware State University football program is among two additions to the Hornets’ coaching staff this spring.
DSU head coach Kermit Blount recently announced that Rod Milstead has joined his staff as offensive line coach.
Blount has also appointed former Virginia State University head coach Andrew Faison as safeties coach for the Hornets.
Milstead was a standout offensive lineman for the Hornets from 1988 to ’91 before an eight-year career in the National Football League.
During his tenure with the Hornets, Milstead was a three-time All-MEAC First Team selection (1989, ’90, 91); and a 1991 Associated Press, Walter Camp and Sheridan Black College All-America First Team pick.
He helped lead Delaware State to the 1989 MEAC championship and a share of the conference title in 1988 and ’91.
In addition, he helped pave the way to the Hornets’ No. 1 ranking among all Division I-AA (now FCS) teams in rushing at 300.2 yards per game in 1990.
Delaware State named Milstead as its Male Athlete-of-the-Year and Senior Male Athlete-of-the-Year in 1992. He was inducted into the Hornets’ Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 2003.
Milstead earned a bachelor’s in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Delaware State in 1992.
Following his collegiate career, Milstead was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 1992 National Football League draft. After several weeks in the Cowboys’ training camp, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he played two seasons.
In 1994, Milstead signed with the San Francisco 49ers, where he joined former Hornet star wide receiver John Taylor.
Milstead was a member of San Francisco’s 1995 Super Bowl champion squad. The Niners captured the title with a 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX in Miami, Fla.
In four seasons with the 49ers (1994-97), Milstead competed in 36 games, including 12 starts.
He completed his professional playing career after two seasons with the Washington Redskins (1998-99), during which he appeared in 20 games, starting 11.
In 2013, Milstead was offensive line coach at Delaware State’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival North Carolina Central University.
From 2000 to ’06, Milstead was the assistant head coach/offensive line coach at his high school alma mater, Lackey High in Indian Head, Md.
Faison was head coach at Virginia State University, a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, where he posted a 58-52 overall record from 2002 to ’12. In 2013, he was a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director at Virginia State.
In 2010, Faison led the Trojans to an 8-3 overall record, the CIAA North title and an appearance in the conference championship game. Four Virginia State players earned All-CIAA First Team honors that season, including kick returner Justin Parker, who was selected as the league’s Special Teams Player-of-the-Year.
Faison’s 2011 squad was honored as the CIAA Football Academic Team-of-the-Year.
His 2009 Virginia State squad was 6-4 overall, including victories over the CIAA’s top three teams that season.
In 2008, Virginia State running back Taron Hampton was selected as the league’s Rookie-of-the-Year, while VSU return specialist P.J. Berry was named to the 2005 American Football Coaches Association Division II All-America Team.
From 1995 to 2002, Faison was Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at Winston-Salem State University under head coach Kermit Blount, now his boss at Delaware State.
During Faison’s tenure at Winston-Salem, the Rams captured two CIAA championships, three conference Southern Division titles, two Pioneer Bowl appearances (CIAA champion vs. SIAC champion) and one Pioneer Bowl championship.
In 1987 and ’88, Faison was Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at Virginia State. The Trojans captured the CIAA North title in each of those years.
Faison was a star defensive back at Virginia State. He set a team record with 28 tackles vs. South Carolina State in 1980. That season, he was a team captain and selected as the Trojans’ Defensive MVP.
He was inducted into the Virginia State University Sports hall-of-Fame in 1993.
Faison holds two degrees from Virginia State. He earned a bachelor’s in Administration Criminal Justice in 1981 and a master’s in Guidance and Counseling in 1986.
He and wife Sheryl have two children. Their son Andrew is a linebacker on the Virginia State football team.