ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Even with spring football just weeks out, Albany State University will not rush the hiring process.
The plan is to announce an interim this week, and find a permanent fix before the summer.
Success came quickly for the Golden Rams in the first two seasons under Dan Land.
ASU won the SIAC east in his first season, and fell one game short of a second championship appearance in in year two.
Land stepped down Monday citing personal reasons.
He will remain with the school as a faculty member.
Now Albany State is looking for its third coach in the past four seasons.
Since the program has been a perennial contender in the SIAC, Athletic Director Sherie Gordon will take her time to make the right decision.
"Football is the face of the department and institution in some cases," Gordon said. "And here because of the legacy we've had under coach White, coach Smith and coach Land it's important to make sure we keep that legacy of success and a strong program moving forward."
Albany state won 6 SIAC championships under Mike White.
The Rams were knocking on the door for more titles in Land's two seasons.
In order to keep the momentum going, Gordon ideally wants a head coach hired before players leave for the summer.