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Former EKU Offensive Coordinator Angelo Mirando. 

Eastern Kentucky University football offensive coordinator Angelo Mirando has been dismissed from his position as offensive coordinator, Head Coach Mark Elder announced today.

Mirando was chosen for the job on Jan. 5, 2016.

Assistant Head Coach and Tight Ends Coach Tommy Zagorski will serve as the offensive coordinator for the remainder of the 2018 season.

In a press release from Kevin Britton, assistant athletics director for communications, Elder said, “I want to thank Angelo for all of his effort, hard work, dedication and passion for EKU football.”

Through seven games this season, EKU is eighth among nine teams in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring. The Colonels are ninth in total offense and ninth in passing offense.

 “These decisions are never easy because they impact relationships and the lives of real people.  However, in evaluating our program, this is a decision that is in the best interest of our student-athletes,” Elder said in the press release.

Elder will address the media about the change at his weekly press conference on Monday. An update will be posted on social media and the Eastern Progress website.

 

UPDATE: 10/22 3 p.m.

Head football coach Mark Elder spoke to the media on Monday about a change in the EKU coaching staff.

“I’ve decided to make a change at the offensive coordinator position. Angelo Mirando had a tremendous commitment to the program. I think the world of him as a football coach, but for whatever reason the fit was just not right. I felt it was best for us as a team moving forward to go in a different direction,” Elder said.

Tommy Zagorski is taking over as the offensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.

“I feel a lot of faith in Tommy. He’s been a coordinator before. He has called plays at John Carroll,” Elder said.

Zagorski coached at John Carroll University for eight seasons before moving on to coach at the University of Tennessee. Zagorski was hired by Tennessee to be the offensive quality control coach for the 2015 season. In his only season with the Volunteers, he led the team to a 45-6 victory in the Outback Bowl.

Zagorski was a finalist for the FootballScoop.com NCAA Division III Coordinator of the Year Award in 2014.

Zagorski has been with EKU since 2016.  

“He has great understanding of our offense and brings new things to the table as well. I have a lot of faith in him as a play caller, as a football coach and as a man,” Elder said.

Mirando coached at EKU for three seasons. In 2017, Mirando’s offense was ranked in the top-50 in total offense. As a team in 2017, EKU led the OVC in passing and completion percentage.

“I want to thank coach Mirando for everything he has done for us during his time here and I wish him the best,” Elder said.          

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