Shaw Bears Name Darrell Asberry As New Head Football Coach

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: June 29, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. — Shaw University President, Dr. Clarence Newsome has announced that Darrell Asberry has been appointed Head Football Coach. He is taking over the helm that was vacated when Deondri Clark stepped down to take over at Fort Valley State.

Asberry is bringing gridiron success to the SU program with a stellar background as a player and coach. He is joining the SU Bears after a two year stint as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina Central University.

After a successful first season with the NCCU, he was promoted to assistant head coach. In 2004, Asberry engineered the top-ranked offense in the CIAA as the Eagles were number one in total offense (359.3 ypg), passing offense (176.1 ypg) and scoring offense (29.8 ppg) and were number two in rushing offense (247.2 ypg).

As quarterback coach, his starting QB, Adrian Warren, was voted 2004 CIAA Offensive Player of the Year. Prior to joining the NCCU staff, Asberry served as offensive coordinator at Albany State, Jackson State and Coahoma Community College.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native is a 1994 graduate of Jackson State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He lettered two seasons at the quarterback position, earning team MVP honors as a senior.

After his collegiate career he went on to play professionally as a wide receiver and quarterback with the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League in 1994-95 and was a wide receiver with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World Football League in 1995-96.

Asberry began his coaching career as offensive coordinator, wide receivers and quarterbacks coach at Albany State (1997-1998). He returned to his alma mater in 1999 and became running backs coach, before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2000.

In 2001 under Asberry, Jackson State led the NCAA D-IAA ranks in passing with a 344 yards per game average and in 2002 they led the nation in total offensive yards with a 485 yards per game average.

In 2003, Asberry joined the staff at Coahoma Community College (Clarksdale, MS) as offensive coordinator. Asberry is taking over the SU program that has seen success with a four year 29-13 (.690) record since it was reinstated in 2002.