Oct. 31, 2011
Cullowhee, N.C. - Fred Cantler, interim director of athletics at Western Carolina University, announced today that Matt Pawlowski is no longer serving as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator, effective Monday, October 31, 2011.
"I want to thank Matt Pawlowski for his service to Catamount athletics, the football program and our student-athletes," Cantler said. "Anyone who has been around Matt can attest to his passion for football and his competitive spirit. However, my evaluation of the status of the football program has led me to the conclusion that this change is in the best interest of the program."
Catamount head football coach Dennis Wagner announced that Assistant Coach Jay Hood will serve as interim defensive coordinator with Assistant Coach Mark Rhea assuming the role of Assistant Head Coach.
Hood, who came to WCU in March of 2011 as the linebackers coach, has served as a defensive coordinator at two previous institutions including Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., from 1999-2003 and most recently at Miami (OH) from 2007-08.