Following a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Commercial last week, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has released the names of 37 applicants who have applied to be the next head football coach for the Golden Lions.
A search committee has been in place to help aid the university in making the hire.
Shortly after former head coach Monte Coleman was fired last month, UAPB Athletic Director Lonza Hardy Jr. ensured that the goal is to name a coach before the Christmas break on Dec. 14.
"An ideal situation is that we can name a new coach before we depart for the Christmas holidays," Hardy said in a previous interview. "We would like to have someone in place by then. We will proceed quickly, but at the same time we'll make sure we handle things correctly."
Hardy has not returned recent calls by the Commercial on the issue.
Looking at the list of applicants, several stand out. Among them: former UAPB Head Coach Mo Forte. The program was under Forte's direction from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, the Golden Lions averaged an attendance of 12,542 people per game, which ranked 23rd in the nation.
However, Forte was fired following the 2007 season after finishing with a 4-7 record.
Another name on the list worth noting is current Grambling Tigers Offensive Coordinator Eric Dooley. Dooley was a member of the UAPB staff under Coleman from 2011-2013.
In 2011, the Golden Lions won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, and Dooley was very instrumental in that process.
Other names on the list of people who were formerly or who are currently at UAPB are Alonzo Hampton Jr., Anthony Jones, Damon Nivens, Gary Harper, Dennis Winston, Bruce Johnson, Roger Totten, and Ted White.
On the head football coach candidates rating sheet that the committee is using to evaluate each applicant, there are six different boxes to be checked off.
Of the six are educational background, college coaching experience, tradition of winning, recruitment philosophy, commitment to rules and compliance and commitment to academic excellence.
The 37 applicants submitted by the university are listed below:
Darrell Asberry, Milo Austin, Chennis Berry, Vyron Brown, Joseph Carter, Rick Comegy, Ronald Dickerson, Jr., Chris Dishman, Eric Dooley, Mo Forte, Alonzo Hampton, Joseph Henry, Jonas Jackson, Tremaine Jackson, Mark James, Brian Jenkins, Jimmy Joe, Bruce Johnson, Anthony Jones, Ernest Jones, Donovan McCray, John McKenzie, Quinton Morgan, Damon Nivens, Kenneth Ray, Kendall Roberson, Keith Scott, Thomas Taylor, Cedric Thomas, Ricky Thomas, Roger Totten. Willie Totten, Ted White, Dennis Winston, Alvin Wyatt, Sr., Ernest Wilson III, Robert Wilson.