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Nation-wide Search Begins After Head Football Coach Resigns

Following a successful season, Tremaine Jackson has resigned as Colorado Mesa University’s head football coach. He has accepted a position with the Valdosta State Blazers, this past season’s NCAA Division II National Runner-up.

“We wish Tremaine all the best as he continues on in his coaching career,” said CMU Athletic Director Bryan Rooks. “We are currently launching a nation-wide search and are excited to add a national leader to an already outstanding program.” 

Jackson completed his second season with the Mavericks this fall and led Colorado Mesa to an 8-2 record and narrowly missed the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The biggest win came on October 23, 2021, as the Mavericks defeated No. 3 Colorado School of Mines 26-21. Jackson accrued a 10-3 record during his two seasons with the program.

“I’d like to say a special thank you to the players, you will always be in my heart,” said Jackson. “As I leave, I’d like to thank President John Marshall and the Board of Trustees for their support this past season. I look forward to seeing the program grow and flourish.”

This past season Colorado Mesa had 21 All-RMAC selections and 18 Academic All-RMAC recipients. Safety Damar’ren Mitchell was named an All-American and Torren Calhoun and Dagan Rienks each were named Academic All-Americans during this past season.

“I am forever grateful to Colorado Mesa University for the opportunity to be the head football coach,” Jackson said. “Former President Tim Foster took a chance on me and I will be forever thankful.”

Former Valdosta State Coach Gary Goff left Valdosta State to become the head coach at Division I FCS McNeese State following the postseason run. The Blazers finished the season 12-2 and fell in the National Championship game to Ferris State, 58-17.

“It’s with excitement and optimism that we launch a national search for the next head football coach of Colorado Mesa University. We will recruit a dynamic leader of good character befitting the great tradition and outstanding young men of our football program,” said President John Marshall. “During this transition, we will continue to provide an exceptional education to our student-athletes as we support them in their path toward earning a degree.”

A search for the 20th Colorado Mesa University head football coach will begin immediately.


Written by Staff