Dover, Del. (Dec. 13, 2016) --- Delaware State University head football coach Kenny Carter has announced assignment changes for two members of his staff.
Carter has reassigned running backs coach Vincent White to the position of offensive coordinator and chief play caller. White will still supervise the running backs in addition to maintaining his position as Associate Head Coach.
John Allen, the team’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach the past two seasons, will now work strictly with the quarterbacks.
During the 2016 season, Delaware State produced two of the MEAC's top five rushers, including freshman Mike Waters who was third in the league with a DSU freshman record 820 rushing yards, and in rushing yards per game at 74.5.
Waters, who also set a Hornet rookie record with 224 yards rushing in the season finale at Howard, was named to the 2016 All-MEAC Third Team.
Also, Delaware State sophomore Brycen Alleyne was fifth in the MEAC in rushing at 57.5 yards per game (575 total) in 2016.
The Hornets improved their rushing yardage by nearly 50 yards per game from the 2015 to 2016 seasons.
“These moves are in the best interest of our team and offense by allowing Coach Allen to provide more focus and instruction to our quarterbacks,” said Carter. “I believe assigning the coordinator and play calling duties to Coach White will benefit our offense and give us increased production.”
White has more than 27 years of collegiate coaching experience, including stints with ACC, Big East, PAC-10 and Mountain West Conference schools.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Stanford in 1983. As a player at Stanford, White was an All-PAC 10 First Team, All-West Coast First Team and Honorable Mention All-America running back in 1982. That season, he led all NCAA Div. I players with 68 receptions.
White was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Draft; and competed for the Denver Gold of the United States Football League from 1983 to '85.
Prior to joining the Delaware State staff, Allen was head coach at Lock Haven University for four seasons.
Before accepting the head coaching job at Lock Haven in March of 2011, Allen served as the coordinator of player development at Penn State University (2008-2011). During his time at Penn State, the team went to the Outback Bowl (2011), Capital One Bowl (2010), and the BCS Rose Bowl (2009).
Allen’s previous head coaching experience was in NFL Europe, where he was the head coach of the Berlin Thunder. Before his time with the Thunder, Allen was the offensive coordinator for the Amsterdam Admirals for three seasons. In 2005, he helped lead the Admirals to the World Bowl, the league’s championship contest.