The long wait for the official announcement of Donald Hill-Eley's appointment as Morgan State's new football coach ended yesterday, 19 days after it was reported in The Sun that last season's offensive coordinator would be named boss of the Bears.
Morgan athletic director David Thomas said Hill-Eley would replace Stanley Mitchell, who had a 5-27 record in three seasons at Morgan.
"I was impressed with the way Coach Hill related to our young team last season," said Thomas yesterday. "He made substantial contributions to the program last year, and the players seemed to identify well with him.
"I feel he brings a winning attitude and solid experiences to the Morgan State football team."
Hill-Eley said, "Players, not coaches win games. Poor coaching loses games. Coaching should be simplistic and consistent."
Since graduating from Virginia Union in 1990, Hill-Eley has served two coaching stints at Hampton University, helping the Pirates win the black college national crown once and the MEAC title twice.
He also was the wide receivers coach for the Canadian Football League's Baltimore Stallions in 1994 and 1995.