POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - By Stan Caldwell, PRCC Sports Information:
Ted Egger was thrown into a difficult situation when he was named interim head football coach at Pearl River Community College at the end of May.
Fortunately, he didn't have much time to think about it.
"It started May 31," Egger said. "I remember it because the parents of all our freshmen were coming in the following Monday for orientation. That was the best thing that could have happened because I didn't have time to think. We just had to get ready and go."
Egger finally can relax a little more after the interim tag was removed Wednesday and he was named full-time coach of the Wildcats.
The moves will be submitted for approval to the PRCC Board of Trustees at its next meeting on Nov. 14.
Egger has guided PRCC to a 4-4 record, 2-2 in the South Division, with a chance to the season with a winning record.
PRCC travels to Copiah-Lincoln Community College Saturday.
A long-time assistant coach, primarily on defense, Egger said he appreciated the opportunity.
"It's a relief, really," Egger said. "I was very excited about the opportunity, but there wasn't a whole lot of time to think about it. We had to get ready to go for the summer program and everything that went with it."
PRCC President Adam Breerwood said Egger made an impression on him from the start.
"We've stressed to all our coaches to build champions, on and off the field," Breerwood said. "I saw early in the year, even though we struggled a bit, that we potentially had the right guy for the job.
"I don't know that we expected that at the beginning of the year."
Egger, a 39-year-old native of Hornell, N.Y. and graduate of Lock Haven (Pa.) University (2000), arrived at PRCC as defensive coordinator in 2016 after filling the same role at Concordia (Minn.) University.
"We had a lot of confidence in Coach Egger from the beginning," PRCC athletic director Jeff Long said. "As we went through the summer and saw the work ethic and how everything was playing out, we felt good about him."
Breerwood and Long both said the team's academic success played a large factor in Egger's permanent hire. Fourteen Wildcats finished with a 4.0 grade-point average in the summer session, 26 are scheduled for early graduation in December and nine recently were inducted in Phi Theta Kappa, the junior college honorary society.
"Coach Egger has really transformed our campus in a positive way," Long said. "I mean, I think that's the biggest takeaway from this, just the positivity that he and his staff have brought to our football team and our campus at large."
Egger, and his wife, Sarah, have a 2-year-old son, T.J.