Greensboro, NC -- Guilford College head football coach Mike Ketchum decided to accept a new role as an assistant to the athletic director. In his new role, Ketchum will oversee the operation of the Quakers' home athletic contests. He will coordinate game personnel, security and site preparation. Guilford sponsors 16 varsity sports, including 13 that compete on campus.
Ketchum, a 1978 Guilford graduate and former athletic director, leaves the football post after compiling a 53-85 record in 14 years on the Quakers' sidelines, 27-49 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contests. Guilford went 1-9 in 2004 and finished sixth in the ODAC with a 1-5 record.
"Mike has been a valuable member of Guilford's athletic staff since 1988 and guided the athletics department and the football team through many transitions," Guilford Athletic Director Marion Kirby said. "We appreciate Mike's meaningful impact on the lives of many student-athletes and look forward to his continued leadership within the department."
Ketchum ranks second on Guilford's career football-coaching wins list and enjoyed the second-longest tenure among the school's 21 head football coaches. He received the ODAC Coach of the Year Award in 1991 and 1997 after guiding the Quakers to league titles both seasons. Both teams won a school-record eight games and are two of the four 8-2 units to which Ketchum contributed. The 1994 club went 8-2 and spent most of the season ranked among the top teams in the NCAA Division III South Region. Ketchum was a lineman on Guilford's 8-2 team in 1975.
Last fall, Christian Adams became Guilford's seventh All-America selection under Ketchum. This year, the senior punter became the second two-time football All-American in school history. First Team All-America Chris McKinney '03 led the nation in punt returns and set the NCAA record (all divisions) with five punt returns for a touchdown in 2001. Guilford student-athletes amassed 71 first-or-second team all-conference football selections in Ketchum's tenure. McKinney and Junior Lord '98 have enjoyed successful professional football careers since leaving Guilford.
After joining Guilford's staff as an assistant football coach in 1988, Ketchum took over for Charlie Forbes in 1991 when Forbes took the head football post at NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne. Ketchum's first season marked the Quakers' first year of ODAC and NCAA Division III membership. (Prior to 1991, Guilford awarded athletic scholarships and competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.) He served as Guilford's head football and athletics director from 1996-2002 and increased the athletic department's prominence in campus planning.
Kirby said a national search is underway for Ketchum's successor. He hopes to have the new coach in place by February. The new coach inherits 48 student-athletes, including this year's 25 rookies, for the 2005 campaign.