OHIO COUNTIES: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Lickings, Madison, Pickaway, Union
OUT OF STATE: District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, West Virginia, all Provinces of Canada, Non-JUCO transfers
Stacey Hairston is in his third season as the head football coach at Wilmington College.
It will be his fourth season overall as a head coach, and has an record of 7-23.
The former professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns spent both his collegiate playing career and a dozen years as an assistant coach at conference rival Ohio Northern University.
Hairston spent the 2012 season as the defensive coordinator at Bluefield College (VA) in the school’s first varsity season. The Columbus native also served for two seasons as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
“I have coached in the OAC and have seen Wilmington from afar,” Hairston said. “It’s a good, quality school in a good location. The location is ideal; near Cincinnati, Springfield, Dayton and Columbus. You have to hit those areas hard to have a chance.”
Not only does Hairston bring extensive coaching experience to the table, he played professional football for seven years. After being signed as a free agent in 1989 by the Dallas Cowboys, Hairston spent a year in Dallas before playing three seasons north of the border as a three-year starting defensive back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
He returned to the NFL for three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he was an integral part of the league’s top-ranked defense in 1994.
Hairston coached ONU’s defensive backs and special teams for seven seasons After a short stint as the team’s interim head coach, he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and co-special teams coordinator, where he stayed until 2008.