BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (FSU Sports Information) - Ferris State University Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger announced Wednesday that Jeff Pierce will not be retained as head football coach, ending a 17-year run leading the Bulldog football program.
Pierce established firm roots with the Bulldogs after graduating from Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) High School in 1974. He was a Bulldog defensive back from 1974-77 and started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at FSU in 1983 under Nick Coso. He later coached the linebackers under Dan Underwood and continued on with Keith Otterbein's staff in 1986 before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1988.
Pierce took over the Bulldog program in 1995 after the departure of Otterbein. The Bulldogs haven't reached the playoffs since 1996 and claimed the last of three league titles won or shared under Pierce's direction in
FSU's six wins this season represented their most victories since
2008 and came on the heels of back-to-back losing seasons in 2009 and 2010.
Ferris State won only one game in 2009 (1-10) and followed it up with a 5-6 mark in 2010 (lost final five games)?along with a 6-5 record in 2011 (lost four of last six games).
School officials say a national search for Pierce's successor isb already underway.