The Citadel tabs Houston as new football coach

11:55 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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Charleston, SC ( - Mike Houston hopes there will be no problems as he tries to achieve the type of success at The Citadel that he enjoyed at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Citadel named Houston as its new football coach on Thursday, taking over the FCS military school program that has had only three .500-or-better seasons in the last 16 years.

Houston, 42, replaces Kevin Higgins, who resigned after nine seasons to become the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Wake Forest. The Bulldogs were 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the Southern Conference this past season.

Houston recently led Lenoir-Rhyne, located in Hickory, N.C., to a 13-2 record and the NCAA Division II national championship game, where the Bears lost to Northwest Missouri State. He was 29-8 in three seasons guiding the Bears.

The 1994 graduate of Mars Hills College spent four seasons as Lenoir-Rhyne's defensive coordinator and secondary coach before becoming the head coach. He was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Brevard College in 2006 after previously coaching on the North Carolina high school level.

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