After six seasons as the head football coach at Fairmont State University, Mike Lopez has been released from his contract with FSU. He was 30-35 as the head coach of the Falcons.
A nation-wide search for a new football coach will be begin shortly according to a press release from FSU.
Lopez going the Falcon staff in 2002 as the defensive coordinator and held that position until 2007 when he was promoted to head coach.
FSU Athletic Director Rusty Elliot stated in the press release, "Mike is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past 10 years. Our team has excelled in the classroom and Mike's hard work in stressing the academic side of student life has been critical in that progress. He has worked tirelessly, helping to mold our football players into outstanding young men. His community work, his representation of FSU, and his work ethic are to be commended. Mike determined that it was in the team's best interest that as we move into a new athletic conference, a different direction in the football program was needed."
Lopez also commented in the release, "I want to thank my assistant coaches, staff, the players and their families for their dedication and loyalty. I'm extremely proud of the young men on this team. Their positive character both on and off the field reflects on their hard work as individuals and as a team. I believe we made some positive strides, most notably in our academics, that were helping to build a foundation for this program. But, I understand the administration's decision and wish them nothing but success in the future. I'm grateful to Fairmont State University, President Rose and Rusty Elliot for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this fine institution."