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Amid athletic department turmoil, Souers to remain NAU football coach

In a move to ensure stability for the Northern Arizona University football program, as well as consistency for current and potential student athletes, Jerome Souers will continue to serve as head football coach and defensive coordinator Andy Thompson will be promoted to associate head coach.

President Rita Cheng made the announcement to athletics staff Monday following conversations with Souers and Thompson.

“Maintaining stability in the athletics department is extremely important as NAU begins its search for a new athletics director,” Cheng said. “It will be a key consideration for those interested in NAU’s athletics director position to know they are walking into a strong and stable program and will have the time and ability to make coaching decisions.”

Former athletic director Lisa Campos bolted for the same position at the University of Texas-San Antonio last week, just days after taking her name out of consideration for the UTEP job.

Campos announced in August that Souers would step down as head football coach at NAU, but speculation and rumors swirled that he was forced out.

In his 20th season, Souers has guided the Lumberjacks to the FCS playoffs with a home game Saturday against San Diego. Souers holds many Big Sky Conference records, including number of wins and the number of years as head coach.

Thompson has been with Lumberjack football for 13 years. He has been a part of Big Sky Conference football nearly his entire life, including as a player at Montana.

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