After going 7-5 and leading the Eastern Kentucky University football team to back-to-back winning seasons, head coach Mark Elder will not be retained according to the interim director of athletics, Mark Sandy, on Nov. 25.

In a press release by EKU athletics on Monday, “On behalf of the university and the athletics department, I want to thank Mark for his hard work, diligent effort and contributions to EKU football,” Sandy said. “We all wish Mark and his family nothing but the best.”

Elder went 21-24 and 15-16 in the Ohio Valley Conference in his four years at EKU.

EKU has missed the FCS [NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision] playoffs in five straight seasons.

Elder was hired in December of 2015.

A search for EKU’s next head football coach will begin immediately.

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