Sam Houston State bringing finalists to campus

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Updated: 1/19 2:53 pm

Huntsville, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Sam Houston State athletic director Bobby Williams says four candidates for its head football coaching position will visit the campus Monday and Tuesday.

While announcing Sunday that K.C. Keeler, Mel Tjeersdma, Scott Wachenheim and Darrell Wyatt are finalists, Williams also indicated a fifth candidate could be interviewed for the job.

"Each of these coaches meet the criteria we set out when we started our search," Williams said. Sam Houston is replacing Willie Fritz, who left to become Georgia Southern's new head coach.

"Among the candidates are individuals with FBS and bowl experience, an FCS head coach with playoff and national title experience, and an NCAA Division II head coach who has won national championships.

"The quality of interest (in) our head coaching position has been impressive. We have talked to more than 50 individuals in some form or fashion, an amazing amount given the short time period."

Keeler led Delaware to three FCS championship games in 11 seasons from 2002 to 2012, including the 2003 national title. His career coaching record is 174-73-1.

Tjeersdma led Northwest Missouri State to Division II national championships in 1998, 1999 and 2009. He has a 183-43 career record.

Wachenheim has spent the last four seasons as offensive line coach for the University of Virginia. He was the offensive coordinator at Rice from 2001-05.

Wyatt was the wide receivers coach at Sam Houston from 1992-94. He has been as assistant coach at the University of Texas since 2011, including this past season as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Sam Houston, a Southland Conference member, is coming a 9-5 season and its third straight appearance in the FCS playoffs.

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