St. Augustine hires Howard Feggins as football coach

Howard Feggins, St. Augustine's University football coach
Howard Feggins, who served as offensive coordinator at CIAA champion Fayetteville State in 2022, will take over as St. Augustine’s head coach.

St. Augustine turns to Howard Feggins to get the Falcons out of the CIAA football basement.

Feggins, who was unveiled as manager on March 23, has four decades of football experience as a coach, player and sporting advisor. He’s taking over a program that ran 4-23 for the last three seasons not counting 2020 and was canceled due to the Covid pandemic. The Falcons went 8-1 in 2022 under coach David Bowser, who resigned in January.

“I’m excited for the young men’s chance and to show them that if they put in all that effort, we have a chance of winning,” said Feggins. “The president [Christine Johnson] McPhail and the athletic director [Lin] Dawson is very supportive of the growth and direction of the program.”

Feggins has ties to Triangle and CIAA. He is a 1987 grad from North Carolina who played safety and cornerback for the Tar Heels before going to the NFL with the New York Giants and New England Patriots. He was the offensive coordinator for CIAA-winning Fayetteville State last year, the conference’s second-place team in overall offense, which earned him an invite to the 2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl in New Orleans.

“I’m delighted to welcome Coach Feggins to the SAU,” said McPhail. “His experience, leadership qualities, mentoring skills and football philosophy align well with our university’s mission.”

Before Fayetteville State, Feggins was an assistant coach at Colorado State-Pueblo. In his first two years as running back coach, the Thunderwolves won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title, and running backs Marche Dennard and Bernard McDondle received invites to NFL rookie minicamps. He spent his last two seasons coaching kick returns and receivers in addition to the offense’s academic connection.

Feggins spent some time in the high school ranks in 2014 as the head coach at Warren Central High in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his team won 6-5 to earn a playoff berth.
“After a nationwide search for a person to embody a reimagined university with a history of winning championships, coach Howard Feggins came up as the choice,” Dawson said. “The interview committee has been busy finding a transformational leader, and we found one.”


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