NW Miss. Loses Defensive Coordinator

For the third time in five seasons, Northwest Mississippi Community College is searching for a new defensive coordinator. The school announced Jan. 17 that Craig Jersild has left Northwest to become defensive coordinator and assistant athletic director at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

It's a homecoming if sorts for Jersild who served three seasons at Northwest from 1999 through 2001. He coached two years at Butler County Community College in Kansas before joining the Ranger football staff. At Northwest, Jersild replaced Jeff Carter who served one season with the Rangers in 1998, before taking a job as secondary coach at Arkansas State University.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Northwest, but this is a great opportunity for me," said Jersild. "Northwest has always had great tradition in football, and I feel like that will continue."

In Jersild's three seasons with the Ranger program, Northwest compiled a record of 28-4, including the MACJC state championship in 1999. The Rangers finished in the top four in the state in total defense all three years, including last season when they were second in the state and third in the country allowing 166 yards per contest.

"There is no doubt we will miss Craig's energy and enthusiasm," said Northwest Head Coach Bobby Franklin. "We hate to lose him, but realize this a great chance for him. We will begin searching for his replacement immediately."

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