JU relieves Steve Gilbert as head football coach

Nov. 14, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Steve Gilbert, the first head football coach in the history of Jacksonville University, was relieved of his duties on Wednesday.

Gilbert, who led JU from its birth as a football program 10 years ago and through the past nine seasons, recently finished the 2006 season with a 4-6 record.

"I have a great respect for the job that Steve has done for JU and the football program, but I feel that it is time for new leadership in our football program," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander.

Gilbert finishes his tenure as JU's head coach with a 36-54 record, recording two non-losing seasons. Against all the teams in the PFL, Gilbert held a 12-10 record in his career.

His best season came in 2001, when the Dolphins won the Pioneer Football League South Division title and advanced to the PFL Championship game, finishing the season 6-5.

The 2005 team went 4-4 with a 2-1 mark in the PFL South Division, finishing second to Morehead State - the second best season in school history.

This past season, the Dolphins went 4-6, going 4-3 in the PFL to finish fourth in the conference, despite finishing its season with a three-game losing streak.

JU will begin its search for a new head coach immediately. An interim coach will be named later today.