HAMPTON, VaRobert Prunty Introduced As Hampton Head FB Coach

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Photo credit: Hampton University Office of University Relations

Robert Prunty was introduced as the 21st head coach of the Hampton Pirates at a news conference Dec. 8 at Hampton University’s Student Center Theater.

“I am up for the challenge,” Prunty said.

Eugene Marshall Jr., Director of Athletics at Hampton University, welcomed Prunty, a Hamptonian with more than 30 years of football experience as a player and coach and a four-time conference recruiter-of-the-year honoree with two different Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs.

“Coach Prunty’s record speaks for itself,” Marshall said. “He’s from Virginia. He played for Hampton. It was very refreshing to hear him say ‘I want to come back to Hampton.’”

Prunty served last season as East Carolina University’s associate head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Prior to that, he served four years as the University of Cincinnati’s associate head coach and defensive ends coach and three years as co-defensive coordinator. Before impacting the Bearcat program, Prunty spent three seasons under Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech, 2010-2012, directing the Red Raiders’ defensive ends.

“You have no idea how great it is to be back at Hampton,” Prunty said. “This is not my team. It belongs to the university, the alumni, the fans and I want to make that clear.”

Prunty is up to the challenge of taking a winning Pirate team into the bigger spotlight of the Big South Conference, which Hampton University joins next July.

“We will be fundamental and disciplined,” he said. “I didn’t come to Hampton to lose!”

Prunty has been part of five bowl appearances, a conference co-championship and has been recognized by Scout.com as the Big 12 Conference Recruiter-of-the-Year in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before earning similar honors as the American Athletic Conference’s (AAC) top recruiter in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

His player evaluation and relationship cultivation skills produced Texas Tech’s second-highest rated class in school history in 2012 and his efforts were saluted by both Scout.com and Fox Sports. Prunty plans on putting that skill to work on tapping the Hampton Roads rich high school talent pool for the Pirates.

“The 757 area: it will be our bloodline,” Prunty said. “Every coach on my team will be looking for 757 talent.”

Prunty is a Chatham, Va., native and a 1983 Hargrave Military Academy graduate. Prunty split his collegiate career between Hampton University and Alabama A&M, where he graduated in 1988.

For more information on Hampton University football, contact the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5757, or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

 

NCCU Promotes Eastman to Interim Head Football Coach

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University promoted Granville Eastman to serve as interim head football coach for the 2018 season on Friday, as Jerry Mack departs NCCU for another coaching position.

“North Carolina Central University is excited about Coach Jerry Mack’s new appointment and salute his contributions to our student-athletes and athletics program,” said NCCU Chancellor Dr. Johnson Akinleye. “Over the past four years, our football program has experienced tremendous success, including capturing three championships under the leadership of Coach Mack. He and his staff’s dedication to our student-athletes and this university has built a nationally-ranked program that has garnered increased exposure for NCCU throughout North Carolina and around the country.

“Granville Eastman is an accomplished coach who has been part of our championship-winning coaching staff,” Johnson added. “We are thrilled he accepted our offer to serve in this new role and look forward to the continuity his leadership will bring.”

With 24 years of collegiate coaching experience to his credit, Eastman has been an integral part of the Eagles’ success during the past four years as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

“Coach Mack and his staff have achieved significant accomplishments over the past four seasons and have created a championship brand of FCS football at NCCU. I am proud that our student-athletes have developed academically and athletically under the leadership of this group of coaches,” said Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree, NCCU Director of Athletics. “I am confident in Coach Eastman’s ability to continue leading our program, further our winning culture and ensure the academic and athletic success of our student-athletes at NCCU.”

Since joining NCCU in 2014, Eastman has engineered one of the nation’s top defensive units. Under his tutelage, the Eagles have ranked among the NCAA Division I-FCS top-10 statistical leaders in tackles for loss, fumbles recovered, red zone defense, turnovers gained, and third-down and fourth-down conversion percentage defense.

“I am so proud and happy for my friend Jerry Mack. I wish him and his family all the best in this next chapter of their journey,” said Eastman. “I am most proud of what we have established here at North Carolina Central University. Coach Mack was the architect for designing a football program for success both on and off the field. I consider it an honor and a privilege to carry on the tradition of excellence in his footsteps.”

Prior to joining NCCU, Eastman spent nine seasons as the defensive coordinator at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, Tennessee. During his 11 total seasons at APSU, he coached defensive backs and linebackers, and also served as special teams coordinator and interim head coach.

Eastman coached four seasons (1999-2002) at Tiffin University in Ohio, including the last three seasons as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, while working with defensive backs and defensive line during his tenure.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Eastman secured his first coaching position at York University in his hometown, where he spent two seasons (1994-95) working with defensive backs.

He then served as a defensive graduate assistant for three seasons (1996-98) at Arkansas State University, earning a master’s degree in sociology in 1999.

He has interned with five NFL teams since 2002, lending his services to the Detroit Lions (2002), Arizona Cardinals (2004), Tennessee Titans (2006), Indianapolis Colts (2011) and Minnesota Vikings (2012).

Eastman was a two-time all-city defensive back at Stephen Leacock High School in Toronto before attending Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he was a three-year letterman as a defensive back. Twice Saint Mary's played in national title games while he was there. Eastman earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in 1992.

Eastman also volunteers as a coach and mentor with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He is married to the former Lynnette Armstrong. They are the proud parents of two sons - J.R. and Brandon.

The Granville Eastman File

Education:

Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1992, bachelor’s degree/criminology certificate

Arkansas State University, 1999, master’s degree in sociology


Collegiate Playing Experience:

Saint Mary’s University, defensive back (1989-92)

Coaching Experience:

York University (Toronto, Canada), assistant coach (defensive backs), 1994-95

Arkansas State University, graduate assistant (defense), 1996-98

Tiffin University

- assistant coach (defensive backs/recruiting coordinator), 1999

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/defensive line/recruiting coordinator), 2000

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/defensive backs/recruiting coordinator), 2001-02

Austin Peay State University

- assistant coach (defensive backs/special teams coordinator), 2003-04

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/special teams/outside linebackers/safeties), 2005-06

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/special teams/defensive backs), 2007-09

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/special teams/linebackers), 2010

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/safeties), 2011-12

- interim head coach, January-March 2013

- assistant head coach (defensive coordinator/secondary), 2013

North Carolina Central University

- assistant head coach (defensive coordinator/safeties), 2014-17

- interim head coach, 2018


NCAA Division I-FCS Statistical Rankings – NCCU Team Defense under Defensive Coordinator Granville Eastman

2017: 2nd Third-Down Conversion Percentage Defense, 17th Sacks, 17th Red Zone Defense, 19th Rushing Defense, 19th Defensive Touchdowns

2016: 6th Tackles for Loss, 14th Sacks, 17th Fumbles Recovered

2015: 1st Fourth-Down Conversion Percentage Defense, 3rd Tackles for Loss, 8th Red Zone Defense, 10th Fumbles Recovered, 17th Sacks

2014: 2nd Fumbles Recovered, 5th Turnovers Gained, 7th Third-Down Conversion Percentage Defense, 19th Passing Yards Allowed


-EAGLE PRIDE-