Hiram College Athletic Director Todd Hibbs announced Tuesday that Henry Stanford has stepped down as head coach of the Terriers’ football program. Stanford was in his fourth season as head coach, after serving three seasons as an assistant with the program.
“I’d like to thank Coach Stanford for his commitment to Hiram College athletics the past seven years. He came to Hiram as an assistant coach, and earned the head coaching position with offensive innovation and leadership with integrity. I wish him the best moving forward,” said Hibbs.
Stanford joined the Terriers in 2013, after having served as head coach at Capital University. He spent three seasons as the Terriers’ offensive coordinator before his promotion to head coach. Stanford ushered in a new level of offensive production for Hiram. In his first three seasons, he consistently led the Terriers to breaking and re-breaking offensive records.
Under Stanford, the Terriers’ set the following offensive records: points in a season (287); single-season passing first downs (113) and yards (2,568); as well as total offense in a game (702 vs Kenyon College in 2017), season (4,205) and yards per game (420.5). In his four seasons as head coach and seven total seasons with Hiram, Stanford helped 27 Terriers earn All-NCAC honors while posting a 7-29 mark.
This season the Terriers’ offense has struggled to produce similar results, averaging 6.3 points and 266.2 yards per game, as the program started the season 0-6.
Defensive Coordinator Chris Rosselot has been named interim head coach for the Terriers. Rosselot is in his seventh year across two stints serving Hiram College football. His prior experiences include working in player personnel for the Cincinnati Bengals and as a strength and conditioning specialist with Akron General Sports Medicine.
A nationwide search for a permanent head coach of a new Terrier era will begin in the coming days.
The Terriers are in action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they host the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops on Homecoming at 1 p.m. at Charles A. Henry Field.