Once upon a time, Fort Valley State was known for producing Division I-level talent at the Division II level. Now, FVSU is down to just two full-time, paid coaches according to the Macon Telegraph.
Head coach Donald Pittman and offensive line coach Keith DeGrate are the only two coaches who are fully-compensated employees of the FVSU athletic department due to cuts in recent years. The rest are volunteer coaches, who don’t completely fill in the roles paid assistants normally do.
DeGrate said there are six bodies working with the team, but those volunteers aren’t fully vested in the other parts of the job, like recruiting, strength and conditioning, academics and player development.
Despite being short-staffed, FVSU managed to go a respectable 6-4 in 2014. But for a school with a tradition of producing NFL-level talent like Greg Lloyd, Tyrone Pool and Nick Harper, this has got to be a tough pill to swallow.
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