DOVER, Del. – Delaware State University has hired former Hornet great and eight-year NFL veteran Rod Milstead as the school’s new head football coach.
The hiring comes following a 2-8 season for the Hornets. DSU competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) Level.
“Rejuvenating the football program and making winners of our student-athletes in the classroom, in the community, as well as on the field, is my top priority,” Said Milstead in a press release. “This is very personal for me.”
Milstead graduated from then-Delaware State College in 1992, with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. During his time with the Hornets, Milstead helped the football team to MEAC Championships in three of his four seasons. He was inducted into the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
Following graduation from DSU, Milstead was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 1992 National Football League draft. He spent time with four different teams during his professional career, and won a Super Bowl in 1994 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. He retired following the 1999 season.
From 2000 to ’06, Milstead was the assistant head coach/offensive line coach at his high school alma mater, Lackey High in Indian Head, Md.
Milstead was the offensive line coach at Delaware State’s in-conference rival North Carolina Central University in 2013. he also was the head football coach at La Plata High School in Maryland from 2015-2018.
“Football sits in a special place in the heart of the Delaware State University community,” said interim DSU President Wilma Mishoe.
“We are always careful to remember that ‘student’ comes first in the phrase ‘student-athlete.’ I am particularly pleased to know that Coach Milstead is wholly committed to that principle.”