Dec. 15, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced Sunday that Rich Ellerson will not return as the Black Knights' head football coach.
"This is a very difficult day for all of us at West Point," Corrigan stated in making the announcement. "Rich Ellerson has represented West Point and the Army football program extremely well since taking over as our head coach five years ago. He has been a tremendous role model for our cadet-athletes and great mentor for many within the athletic department.
"Unfortunately, our team has not experienced the level of success on the football field that we expect, and we feel it is necessary to make a change in leadership at this time."
Ellerson was notified of the decision Sunday evening after returning from Philadelphia following the Black Knights' loss to Navy on Saturday.
"I'd like to thank Rich Ellerson and his family for their tremendous contributions to West Point and the Army football team these past five years," Corrigan added. "His hard work and dedication to the mission of the Military Academy will always be greatly appreciated."
Corrigan stated that a national search for Ellerson's replacement will begin immediately. Deputy Military Athletic Director Col. Joe DeAntona will assume day-to-day operations of the football program until a new head coach is named.