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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Saint Augustine’s University Department of Athletics has elevated Interim Head Football Coach Michael Morand to Permanent Head Football Coach on Friday, December 12, 2014. Morand is the second football coach at the University since the football program restarted in 2002.
“We are very pleased to have Coach Michael Morand as the new football coach at Saint Augustine’s University,” SAU Athletic Director George Williams said. “He will bring a lot of stability to the program and University and continue to guide and lead our student-athletes in a very positive manner academically and athletically.”Michael MorandMorand
Morand took over the Falcons football team after the first game of the 2014 season. The Falcons finished third in the CIAA Southern Division after they were picked fifth in the preseason.  Their conference record tied for the sixth-best among 12 CIAA teams after they were predicted to be the ninth-best CIAA team in July 2014.
The Falcons produced three All-CIAA players under Morand’s direction. Tailback Roderick Davenport was selected to the All-CIAA First Team while wide receiver/return specialist Claytin Lewis and offensive lineman Martize Smith were placed on the All-CIAA Second Team. In addition to the All-CIAA picks, seven Falcons were named to the All-CIAA Rookie Team including Lewis, who was selected CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Morand also earned two coaching accolades during the season. He was named CIAA Coach of the Week and USA College Football Division II National Coach of the Week.
“First of all, I would like to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity,” Morand said. “I want to thank [Interim] President [Everett B.] Ward and Coach Williams for making my dream come true in naming me head football coach at this great university. I look forward to the football program building relationships with the administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community.
“The goals that I set forth are to have a 100 percent graduation rate, mold young men and build a championship environment.”
Morand was selected for the NCAA Expert Coaches Forum in Orlando, Fla., in 2009. The Forum teaches upcoming coaches how to become effective Head Football Coaches. Morand also participated in an internship in 2009 with the NFL’s Houston Texans, where he worked closely with then Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The Texans ranked fourth in total offense and first in passing offense in the NFL that season.
In 2008, Morand was selected to attend the NCAA Coaches Academy in Indianapolis, Ind. The Academy was developed to train minorities for head coaching positions. He is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association, where he served on the AFCA committee for Professional Development.
Before coming to Saint Augustine's University, Morand worked in the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles training camp as a scouting assistant during the summer of 2014. In 2013, he was the Defensive Back Coach for the Omaha Beef of the Championship Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL), where he helped guide the team to the playoffs.


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