Dec. 22, Dennis Franchione retired from coaching, thus leaving a vacancy at the head coach position at Texas State.
According to Texas State President Denise Trauth, a national search for a replacement started later that same day.
After weeks of searching, Jan. 6 the Bobcats found their guy. His name? Everett Withers.
Withers’ resume is plenty deserving to be named the head coach at Texas State University.
The Bobcats new head coach previously served as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Louisville. Withers also has NFL experience as a defensive backs coach for the Tennessee Titans.
His most recent job displays a respectable 19-7 overall record in two seasons as the head coach for James Madison University, a Division-I AA program.
Withers took the podium with the biggest smile on his face, and showed paramount enthusiasm to the packed crowd of media, fans, alumni, in the Champions Club level of the west side complex of Bobcat Stadium.
“I’m excited to be here. Thank you Larry and Dr. Trauth,” Withers said. “It’s been a long journey for myself. I’ve been coaching for 28 years.”
It was made prevalent that Withers was going to go about his business running the Bobcat program the right way, and demand a lot from his players and fellow coaches.
Withers said he wanted a program that had a commitment to excellence, and that includes both on the field and in the classroom.
“I work every single day to see our student-athletes walk across the stage,” Withers said.
Withers even joked that he’d have his coaches and players participate in “trophy kissing practice”. The new head coach hasn’t even coach a down of football at Texas State and is already starting to leave his mark.
When asked about what a football program needs, Withers’ answer was simple: trust, alignment, commitment, and accountability. Furthermore, Withers shared his five core values he intends to instill into his players at Texas State.
Those five core values are: honesty, treat women with respect, no drugs, no stealing, and no guns.
“I have to be the lead mentor in that building,” Withers said. “But we all need to have mentors.”
Another major point Withers made that would be a noticeable change is the visibility of not only himself, but the other coaches and players on campus.
The programs visibility to the student body has been a major issue in the recent years under Franchione.
Withers said any student will be able to find him eating on campus as well as riding his bike through campus. Showing appreciation to the student body is important to Withers. He even proclaimed to try and host the biggest student appreciation day during spring practice in college football history.
The first order of duty for Withers is to bring in a respectable recruiting class to Texas State, which the coach noted as a point of emphasis.
According to Withers, him and his staff was able to get the best recruiting class in FCS the past few years. His experience in recruiting should help, in theory, grow the relevance of the Texas State Bobcats.
Near the end of the press conference, Withers shared one of his many phrases, but this one seemed to hit home the most with the Bobcats in attendance.
“I’ve got a plan and its infallible,” Withers said.
The crowd responded with enormous applause.