Pelch steps down as Millsaps football coach to become AD

Published 4:01 pm Wednesday, January 15, 2020

JACKSON — After leading Millsaps College’s football team for 10 seasons as head coach, Aaron Pelch is stepping down to become the school’s director of athletics.

The school announced in a release that a national search for a new football coach will begin immediately.

Pelch has served as interim director of athletics since December 2018. In a release, Millsaps president Robert W. Pearigen said Pelch’s new duties will include strategic planning, policy development and fundraising, among others.

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Pelch joined Millsaps as head football coach prior to the 2010 season and compiled a 49-50 record in his 10 seasons. He was named Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013 as he guided the Majors to a pair of conference championships.

The 2013 season, when Millsaps went 9-1, was its last winning season. The Majors finished 5-5 each of the past two years.

“It has been a great honor to serve as the head football coach at Millsaps over the last 10 years, and I am proud of where the program is today,” Pelch said. “My family and I have been able to grow together with the program and have formed lifelong relationships with players, students, families, and alumni. I look forward to continuing my time at Millsaps. I see this new role as a great opportunity to advance the entire athletic department, and create a winning culture for Millsaps athletics.”