|(Courtesy of Bethune-Cookman)|
By Steven J. Gaither
Bethune-Cookman has chosen a familiar face as the head of its football program. BCU introduced long-time assistant Terry Sims as its new head coach on Monday.
Sims served as assistant head coach for BCU under former head coach Brian Jenkins, who left for Alabama State last week.
“I am grateful for this opportunity afforded to me by Lynn Thompson,” said Sims. “Brian Jenkins left a great legacy to try and follow here at B-CU. I am honored to accept this position, and I hope to continue the winning tradition of Wildcats Football.”
Sims is no stranger to black college football. Before coaching with Jenkins at Louisiana-Layfette, he coached at Prairie View and Texas A&M. The Knoxville College graduate also coached defensive backs at Louisville.
He will have tough shoes to fill as Jenkins went 46-14, winning at least a share of the MEAC title in four of his five seasons in Daytona.
BCU AD Lynn Thompson said that she felt confident Sims would be able to build on the foundation he helped lay as part of Jenkins’ staff.
“I said all along that this was not a cattle call. It was a swift process, and we reviewed five outstanding candidates for the job. However, Terry Sims came out of it with the pedigree we felt would continue what we already have in place here at Bethune-Cookman University – a winning football program. Four MEAC titles in the last five years speaks for itself in that regard.”