Blount is in his fourth season with the Hornets and 21st as a collegiate head coach.
In 2013, Delaware State was tied for third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 5-3 league record. DSU was 5-6 overall against a schedule that included FCS National Champion North Dakota State and national runner-up Towson last season.
The 2013 Hornets also featured two All-MEAC First Team players: wide receiver Milton Williams III and defensive lineman Rodney Gunter. Williams, who topped the MEAC in receptions (5.3 pg) and receiving yards (80.7 pg), was also named to the 2013 Heritage Sports Radio Network Black College All-America First Team.
In addition, punter Marco Kano was a 2013 College Sports Information Directors Academic All-America candidate.
Blount’s 2013 squad was the MEAC’s least penalized team for the second time in his three seasons at DSU. The Hornets were tops in the league and eighth among all NCAA FCS teams in fewest penalty yards per game at 39.3 last season. Delaware State also had the fewest penalties in the MEAC (40th in FCS) at 5.4 per game a year ago.
During his second year at DSU in 2012, he led the Hornets to a 6-5 overall record; the team’s first winning mark since 2007 and a three-game improvement from the previous season. The 2012 Hornets also posted five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) wins, four more than the previous year.
Delaware State University quarterback Nick Elko was selected as the 2012 MEAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, while Travis Tarpley (WR), Justin Wilson (WR), Nail Muradymov (OL), Ernest Adjei (LB) and Davon Moore (DB) were also named to the All-MEAC First Team
In addition, Moore was named to the 2012 College Sports Information Directors and Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors All-Academic Team.
Despite a 3-8 record in Blount's first season with the Hornets, the team showed noticeable improvement on the field and in the classroom. DSU closed out the 2011 season with a 39-36 win over Howard, which featured one of the nation's stingiest defenses entering the contest. The Hornets racked up 412 total yards, including 324 by the pass during the game. The Bison were third among all FCS schools in pass defense (141.3 ypg) and fourth in total defense (288.5 ypg) prior to the contest.
Blount's 2011 Delaware State team was also the most disciplined in the MEAC. The Hornets were No. 1 in the league in fewest penalties (67) and penalty yards (570) last season.
In the classroom, 13 members of the 2011 Hornets earned MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic recognition. The team's combined grade point average also improved by 0.75 percentage points during the season.
Blount has nearly 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 17 as the head football coach for Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.
It didn't take long for Blount to earn the respect of the Hornet players and the Delaware State University family. He quickly became an ambassador for the University and the football program throughout the region, in addition to establishing new academic, training, practice and accountability policies for the team.
Along the way, he found time to attract a top-notch staff of assistant coaches and support personnel to DSU.
Despite just a few weeks to prepare, Blount also directed the Hornets to a successful 2011 spring camp, during which time, new offensive and defensive formations were installed.
During his tenure at Winston-Salem, Coach Blount had a career record 91-87-3, which included his final 2009 season with the Rams in which he led the team to an 8-2 record. He guided the Rams to two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championships and a total of three CIAA Championship game appearances. He also led Winston-Salem to two Pioneer Bowl appearances, one of which the team emerged as the victor (1999).
Blount is the winningest coach in the history of the Winston-Salem State football program. In fact, he reached the top of the list with a 28-27 come-from-behind win against Delaware State in Dover, Del., in 2008. He also led the Rams to 25 percent of their conference championships, directing WSSU to two of its eight conference titles as a head coach and to two more conference titles as a quarterback on the team's 1977 and 1978 squads.
Blount was honored as the CIAA Coach of the Year and as the Washington D.C. Pigskin Coach of the Year, as well as the 100% Wrong Club Coach of the Year - each award in both 1999 and 2000.
Throughout his coaching career, Blount has been associated with programs that have experienced phenomenal success. In all, he has been in a leadership role with teams that have won a total of six conference titles at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels.
Blount began his coaching career in his home state of Virginia at Armstrong Kennedy High School in Richmond as a quarterbacks coach and assistant offensive coordinator. Following two seasons at the high school level Blount moved on to the collegiate ranks in 1983.
In 1983 he became a graduate assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach at East Carolina University where he would begin his collegiate coaching career.
Following his stint with the Pirates, Blount joined the staff at Howard University, where he assumed the responsibilities of offensive coordinator from 1984-89 under Bison head coach Willie Jeffries.
Soon after his arrival in the nation's capital, Blount's presence was felt as he directed a potent Bison offense to the 1987 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship. Following his time at Howard, he spent four more years as part of Jeffries' staff at South Carolina State University (MEAC) in Orangeburg, South Carolina before returning to his alma mater, Winston-Salem State University, as the head football coach in 1993.
During his coaching career, Blount and his coaching staffs have been responsible for recruiting and coaching student-athletes that have earned a total of 106 all-conference selections. In addition, Blount has guided a pair of conference player-of-the-year recipients, one All-America selection and a two-time Academic All-America honoree.
His priority on academics resulted in more than 20 percent of Winston-Salem State University football scholarship student-athletes earning above a 3.0 GPA during the 2007-08 academic year and 22 football players have been named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner's All-Academic team over the span of the last two seasons.
During Blount's tenure, the Rams' football team GPA was the highest since the data has been tracked by the WSSU Office of Athletic-Academic Support and Blount and his coaching staff have graduated 79 percent of football student-athletes over the most recent five-year reporting period. Blount helped increase the Winston-Salem players' graduation rate from 42% in 1993 to 80% by 2009.
Throughout Blount's career, a number of his players have risen to play professionally in the NFL, CFL and the Arena Football League, including William Hayes, a third round draft pick and starting defensive end for the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
Not only has Blount helped to shape the futures of former student-athletes at WSSU, he has also helped to guide the careers of countless assistant coaches and coordinators. Blount has helped four of his former assistant coaches move on to successful head coaching careers at the collegiate level.
A 1980 graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Blount enjoyed a fruitful playing career as a Ram. As a four-year starter at quarterback at WSSU, Blount guided the Rams to back-to-back CIAA titles in 1977 and 1978 earning all-conference and All-America honors along the way. The 1978 All-American sat atop the WSSU record books for more than 25 years before his 3,330 career passing yards were surpassed in 2004.
A native of Richmond, Va., Blount has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Winston-Salem State University.
Kermit and wife Ava have two grown children, April and Bryan.