Dragons head football coaching search won’t hit high gear until January

Interim head coach Joel Beard won't be back with the Dragons next season

Minnesota State Moorhead won’t have a new head football coach until at least January and it won’t be Joel Beard.

The interim coach this past season, Beard said he won’t apply for the permanent opening, saying the situation wasn’t right for him to attempt the stay on as head coach.

“I’m not going to be done with coaching,” Beard said. “We’ll have to find a new spot and hopefully it happens sooner than later.”

The pool of applicants will start to be reviewed on Jan. 6, a slow timetable than MSUM athletic director Doug Peters intially had hoped. Peters wanted to have a coach named by mid-December. However, a variety of factors didn’t make that possible.

Peters said the slower timetable will give them a chance to make sure the school has the right person for the job. Creating stability is paramount for the football program moving forward, Peters said. The Dragons have had four different head coaches since the 2004 season.

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