Special to the News-Telegram
MARSHALL — East Texas Baptist University has hired former NCAA Division I and II coach Joshua Eargle as its next head football coach, Director of Athletics Kent Reeves announced Friday.
Eargle has Texas roots and is moving back to his home state after coaching stops in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
Eargle comes to Marshall from Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, Okla., where he served as the Savage Storm's defensive coordinator one season after holding the same position at Hallsville High School and two years removed from being offensive coordinator at Arkansas-Monticello.
SOSU's pass defense was the 11th best in NCAA Division II and first in the Great American Conference. The overall defense finished 29th in the nation out of 156 programs and third in the GAC.
Eargle made coaching stops at the NCAA Division I Bowl Championship Series level at Southern Mississippi (2003, 2004, 2006) and Louisiana State University (2009).
Eargle, who helped lead Hallsville to a bi-district playoff appearance, hails from Sulphur Springs where he was a Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A all-state lineman playing for his uncle Chuck King. He lettered three seasons at the University of Memphis as an offensive guard.
The 2001 graduate of the University of Memphis earned the Top Tiger Award, presented by head coach Tommy West.
He finished with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and earned a master's degree in sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004.
(Marshall News Messenger Sports Editor Tyler Clifton contributed to this report).
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