LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Monday, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced that it will not renew the head football coach’s contract that expires on December 31 of this year.
Monte Coleman has served as head football coach for the Golden Lions since 2008.
The Golden Lions went 40-70 in 10 years under Coleman, including capturing UAPB's first-ever Southwestern Athletic Conference outright championship in 2012 with a 10-2 record. Since that championship season, however, the Golden Lions experienced consecutive losing seasons of 2-9 in 2013, 4-7 in 2014, 2-9 in 2015, 1-10 in 2016 and 2-9 this season.
"I thank Coach Coleman and his staff for the hard work they put forth over the years as he tried to build a formidable program at UAPB," said Director of Athletics, Lonza Hardy Jr. "We wish him all the best as he now looks to the next chapter in his career. As for UAPB, it was simply time for us to make a change and start the process of returning Golden Lion football to prominence."
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