FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University announced a new four year contract extension for head football coach Jerome Souers on Wednesday. Souers, who joined NAU in 1998, led NAU to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs for the first time in 10 years. The Lumberjacks finished the 2013 season ranked No. 15 in the final polls.
"I'm very pleased to announce a four year extension for Coach Souers," said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos. "Over the past two seasons I have been a part of Lumberjack football, I have witnessed Coach Souers and his staff make great strides in engineering a football program to competitive relevance, bringing excitement to the city of Flagstaff and the University. I look forward to working with Coach Souers and I'm excited for the future."
The contract is pending approval by the full Arizona Board of Regents in February.
"This extension is not only for me, but for my coaching staff," said Souers. "Northern Arizona University is a great school with a phenomenal athletic department. During the past few years, the NAU Football program has shown stronger direction and commitment to excellence on and off the field. This extension allows our program to continue building the foundation in support of sustainable success. We want to play for a championship every season. I feel really good about the changes we have made over the years allowing us to evolve into a top shelf organization. I'm very excited for the future. I want to thank Dr. Campos and President Dr. John D. Haeger for their unwavering commitment to NAU Football."
The Lumberjacks ranked as high as No. 8 in The Sports Network poll, and No. 9 in the FCS Coaches poll, respectively during the season. They earned an at-large bid to the playoffs and finished the regular season 9-2 for the first time since 1996. NAU defended its home turf and went 6-0 in the Walkup Skydome during the regular season.
NAU had 19 players earn a total of 21 All-Big Sky honors, in addition to eight All-American honors.