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Murray State head football coach retires

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Brock Culp
Head Coach Dean Hood leads the Racers out before the last home game of the season.

Murray State football is looking for a new head coach after Dean Hood decided to retire from coaching on Monday, Jan. 1.

Hood informed Murray State Athletic Director Nico Yankto of his decision to leave Murray State and retire early on Monday.

 In a statement from Yantko on social media, he said “I want to personally thank Coach Hood for his leadership over the past four years and for being a positive influence on the lives of so many of our Racer student-athletes.”

“I know all of Racer Nation joined me in thanking Coach Hood, his wife Crystal, his two sons, Trey and Daven, and his two daughters, Jada and Cordia, for everything they have done for our university and community, and we wish them all the best with this new endeavor,” Yantko added.

In his four years at Murray State, Hood led the Racers to a 15-25 record, including a 5-2 season in the shortened spring 2021 season, and a 6-5 record in the fall 2021 season. He was the head coach for the Racers’ 1000th game in 2023, and the Racers’ 500th win in 2022.

Yankto added to his statement that the University is looking to fill the position as quickly as possible. He said “As proud members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, we are extremely confident that this position will attract a strong pool of candidates.”

 

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Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
Jakob Milani is all about sports. He joined the staff of The Murray State News in 2020 as a sports writer, assigned to women's basketball, and by fall 2021 was named Sports Editor. He is a dedicated lover of all things Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears related, and loves to talk about all things sports. He is a co-host of "The Iron Grid" podcast with fellow sports writer Ronan Summers, and only ever watches ESPN in his down time. Aside from sports, Jakob also has a passion for music and baking. His favorite artists include Nirvana, Travis Scott, and Queen. His favorite item to bake is cheesecake.
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