After seven seasons Bethune-Cookman is parting ways with head football coach Terry Sims; Athletic Director Reggie Theus made the announcement in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
“Discussions about the progress and future of our football program eventually led us to the point where I felt it was best for us to move in a different direction,” said Theus. “We sincerely appreciate Coach Sims service to the University and wish him the best.”
Coach Sims has a 38-39 record , winning MEAC Coach of the Year in 2015. In that same season Wildcats were MEAC Co-Champions, along with North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T. Sims also defeated Florida A&M five consecutive times in the Florida Classic from 2015-2019. Despite having winning campaigns 4 of his 7 seasons in Daytona , in the last two seasons, as the Wildcats have transitioned into the Southwestern Athletic Conference , Sims has went just 4-18 and 4-12 in SWAC play.
AD Theus added: “Sims is a dedicated, highly respected, experienced head coach that has demonstrated competitiveness and has made a positive impression not just in the lives of many student-athletes, but also on the entire MEAC and SWAC community, and of course to me as a personal friend and colleague. “These decisions are always difficult, even more so when its someone who has consistently demonstrated his commitment, and care for our players and for the game. Theus said.”
“B-CU will actively pursue a new leader who can help re-position our program and ensure that we not only build a championship culture on the field, but also aspire to academic excellence and career achievement off the field,” Theus said. “We know that “Wildcat Nation” and our supporters expect no less.”
The university said a national search for the next Bethune-Cookman head football coach will begin immediately and that no additional comments on candidates or the search itself will not be made; the next announcement regarding this will be when the next Bethune-Cookman head football coach is announced.