By Stan Caldwell, PRCC Sports Information
POPLARVILLE – Ted Egger was thrown into a difficult situation when he was named interim head football coach at Pearl River Community College at the end of May.
Fortunately, he didn’t have much time to think about it.
“It started May 31,” said Egger. “I remember it, because the parents of all of our freshmen were coming in the following Monday for orientation. That was the best thing that could have happened, because I didn’t have time to think, we just had to get ready and go.”
Egger can finally relax, after he was named full-time coach of the Wildcats in an announcement made Wednesday. Egger, 39, has guided the Wildcats to a 4-4 record this season, 3-2 in the MACJC South Division, with a chance to finish with a winning season.
Egger’s appointment is expected to be made official at the next Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Nov. 14. PRCC is Egger’s first head coaching position after a well-travelled career as an assistant coach, mostly on defense.
“It’s a relief, really,” said Egger. “I was very excited about the opportunity. But there wasn’t a whole lot of time to think about it. We had to get ready to go for the summer program, and everything that went with it.”
PRCC president Adam Breerwood said he saw early-on that Egger had what he was looking for in a permanent head coach.
“We’ve stressed to all of our coaches to build champions on and off the field,” said Breerwood. “I saw early in the year, even though we struggled a bit that we had potentially the right guy for the job, and I don’t know that we expected that at the beginning of the year.”
Egger is a native of Hornell, N.Y. and is a graduate of Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. He came to PRCC in early 2016 as defensive coordinator from a stint in a similar position at Concordia (Minn.) University.
“We had a lot a lot of confidence in Coach Egger from the beginning,” said athletic director Jeff Long. “As we went through the summer and saw the work ethic and how everything was playing out, we felt good about him.”
Both Breerwood and Long stressed the team’s academic achievements, which they said was a big factor in the decision to hire Egger full time.
The Wildcats had 14 players finish with 4.0 grade-point averages in the summer session, 26 are scheduled for early graduation in December and nine players were recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the junior college honorary society.
“Coach Egger has really transformed our campus in a positive way,” said Long. “I think that’s the biggest takeaway from this, just the positivity that he and his staff have brought both to our football team and the campus at large.”
TED EGGER BIO
Education: Lock Haven (Pa.) University – Bachelor’s degree, 2000; Adams State (Colo.) – Master’s degree, 2002.
Family: Wife, Sarah; Son, T.J. (age 2)
(Photo courtesy of Juco Weekly)