North Carolina Central hires Jerry Mack as head coach; third-youngest in DI
DURHAM, N.C. -- With 10 years of coaching experience, including stints with five NCAA Division I programs and two conference championship teams, Jerry Mack was announced as North Carolina Central's 22nd head coach on Thursday during a press conference in the Alfonso Elder Student Union on the campus of NCCU.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mack, 33, becomes the third-youngest active Division I head football coach. Only Paul Nichols of Davidson (born Jan. 25, 1981) and P.J. Fleck of Western Michigan (born Nov. 29, 1980) are younger than Mack (born Oct. 24, 1980).
Mack comes to NCCU after spending the past two seasons with the South Alabama as wide receivers coach. During that time, three of his receivers finished among the top five on South Alabama's single-season record lists for receptions and receiving yards.
He spent the 2011 campaign in his hometown with Memphis, also as wide receivers coach, where he tutored the receiver with the second-highest single-season receptions in school history.
As offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2010, Mack transformed a unit that ranked 101st in the nation in total offense to 30th nationally and No. 2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), breaking 10 offensive school records in the process.
Mack served as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Central Arkansas during the 2008-09 seasons, helping to lead the 10-2 Bears to the Southland Conference championship and placing 10th in the FCS in total offense.
In Mack's two seasons (2006-07) as wide receivers and tight ends coach at Jackson State, the Tigers ranked second in the SWAC in scoring offense both years and captured the SWAC championship title in 2007.
Mack started his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Delta State in 2004-05. During that time, he coached running backs, and worked as assistant special teams coordinator and video coordinator, helping the Statesmen to rank third in the NCAA Division II in scoring offense and total offense.
Mack began his collegiate playing career at Jackson State before transferring after one season (1999) to Arkansas State. He lettered three years at Arkansas State (2001-03) before earning his bachelor's degree in management information systems in 2003.
Mack completed his master's degree in physical education from Delta State in 2006 after serving on the Statesmen coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
He has been selected for three internships in the NFL with the New York Jets (2009, 2010) and Buffalo Bills (2008), and participated in the NCAA Coaches Academy program.
Mack's appointment is a five-year term beginning Jan. 6, with an annual salary of $180,000.