Doane University names football coach as its new president

May 7, 2021 GMT

CRETE, Neb. (AP) — A small university in Nebraska is turning to the gridiron for its new president.

Doane University announced Friday that 61-year-old Roger Hughes will take over as president on June 1. He succeeds Jacque Carter, who resigned last June.

Hughes has been head football coach at Stetson University in Florida since 2011. Before that he was head coach at Princeton University from 2000 to 2009 and led the Tigers to the Ivy League title in 2006.

Hughes is a native of Crawford, Nebraska and has a doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His academic focus was sports medicine and athletic performance.

Hughes says in a statement that his life “has been devoted to helping young people become leaders and the best version of themselves.”