Eastern Kentucky football promotes Damron to offensive coordinator

Dane Damron has been promoted to offensive coordinator for the Eastern Kentucky University football team, head coach Dean Hood announced Thursday.

Damron, a native of Grayson, Ky., became a household name to football fans in Central Kentucky when he led Georgetown College to the NAIA Division II national championship in 1991 and was twice named NAIA All-American at quarterback.

He began his college coaching career in 1995 as a graduate assistant under Roy Kidd. He was later an assistant coach at Morehead State, head coach at Boyd County High School and head coach at Kentucky Christian University before returning to EKU in 2009 as special teams coordinator.

Damron replaces Mike Springston, EKU's offensive coordinator the past three seasons.

Damron inherits an EKU offense on which nine of last year's 11 starters will return in 2011, including junior quarterback T.J. Pryor and junior wide receiver Orlandus Harris.

"Coach Damron brings positive energy to the field every day," Hood said. "Offense is his cup of tea."

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2011 season at Kansas State on Sept. 3.