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Alcorn State's Athletic Director Derek Horne Resigns

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Posted By: Kennedy Williams on October 05, 2021

Alcorn State University will soon be looking for a new athletic director after the latest one resigned.

Last week, Derek Horne, who has served as the school's athletic director since 2014, announced last week that his resignation would be effective immediately. This change-up comes on the heels of news that Alcorn did not have a certified, staffed athletic trainer and that the football team has had to cancel a few practices because of it.

In a statement about his departure, Horne said, “I step away with a great sense of pride in what we were able to accomplish for our student-athletes, coaches, and staff during my time here.



I want to express my gratitude to the loyal alumni and supporters, and our friends in the Lorman community for their unwavering passion for helping our athletic programs succeed on and off the fields of play. I walk away with excitement and enthusiasm as I look forward to the next chapter of my professional career.”

Horne's impact and influence will definitely be missed, as, during his time at Alcorn, the football team won the SWAC East Division Championship 6 times and the SWAC Championship 4 times.

Alcorn President Felecia M. Nave spoke on Horne's contributions saying, “Under his guidance, Alcorn athletics has proven to be a powerhouse in multiple areas — from supporting a winning culture to bring multiple championships to Alcorn to tackling compliance and ensuring that academics were foremost for our student-athletes. We appreciate the stability that he provided to ensure the success of Alcorn Athletics.

We hope to see the Alcorn State Athletics department bounce back from this and continue to thrive.
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