Pearl River Community College has announced that Ted Egger will serve as interim head football coach for the 2017 season.
Egger’s appointment was approved Tuesday by the PRCC Board of Trustees during its June meeting. He served in 2016 as PRCC’s defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
“I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity to lead this program,” said Egger. “We have goals that we set for ourselves, and I’m excited to help these young men achieve those goals in the 2017 season. We have a great coaching staff in place, guys who have worked very hard to help our student-athletes achieve success in everything they do.”
In May, PRCC announced that coach David Saunders would not return as head coach of the Wildcats for a second season.
“Coach Egger has shown great interest in our program and he has worked hard to help our players succeed on and off the field, as students first,” said Jeff Long, PRCC athletic director. “We have the utmost confidence that Coach Egger will be a great leader for our program.”
Egger, 39, is a native of Hornell, N.Y., and attended Lock Haven (Pa.) University, where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in health and physical education. He obtained a Masters from
Adams State (Colo.) in human performance and education in 2002.
He started his coaching career as a student assistant in charge of the secondary while still an undergraduate at Lock Haven in 2000.
He spent one season as defensive backs coach at Texas Lutheran and two years at Adams State, where he was in charge of the secondary, outside linebackers and was special team’s coordinator.
Egger returned to Lock Haven in 2004 as secondary coach, then spent three seasons at Ferris State (Pa.) as secondary coach and special teams coordinator. He spent three seasons at Northwood (Mich.) coaching defensive backs and four seasons back at Adams State as defensive coordinator and special teams coach.
In 2015, he served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Concordia (Minn.), before coming to PRCC.
Egger and his wife, Sarah, have one son, T.J.
ZACH LOCHARD / DEFENSIVE LINE-STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Lochard, 34, serves as defensive line coach and conducts the Wildcats’ strength and conditioning program.
He is a native of Longmont, Colo., and played collegiately at Adams State (Colo.). He earned a BS is Sports and Exercise Science from Northern Colorado in 2008 and a Master’s in Human Performance and Physical Education from Adams State.
He began his coaching career while still an undergraduate at Northern Colorado, serving three years as wide receivers coach. In 2009, he moved on to Western State (Colo.), where he coached defensive backs, then tight ends in 2010. He was also assistant strength and conditioning coach both seasons at Western State.
In 2011, Lochard moved to Louisiana-Lafayette, where he served three seasons. He was offensive line coach, as well as strength and conditioning coach, in 2011, he moved to the defensive line in 2012 and was outside linebackers coach in 2013.
He spent the past two seasons (2014, 2015) as an assistant coach at Central Lafourche High School in Raceland, La., where he was in charge of linebackers.
Lochard and his wife, Christi, have a 3-year-old son, Landon.
JAMEON LEWIS/ WIDE RECEIVERS
Lewis, 25, comes to PRCC after a brief stint with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Prior to that, he played four seasons as a wide receiver at Mississippi State, graduating in 2015.
Lewis is a native of Tylertown and graduated from Tylertown High, where he led the Chiefs to the Class 3A state championship as a senior in 2009. Beginning in his sophomore season, Tylertown lost just four games during his career, one of them a narrow loss in the 2008 3A state finals.
After a redshirt season in 2010 at MSU, Lewis caught four passes for 113 yards in his debut against Memphis in 2011, but played sparingly the remainder of his freshman and sophomore seasons. However, he enjoyed a breakout season as a junior in 2013, catching 64 passes for 923 yards, fourth-most single-season yards in school history, and five touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns, and was 3 of 3 passing for for 84 yards three touchdowns. Twice in 2013, in games against Troy and Kentucky, Lewis achieved the rare feat of recording a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown.
Lewis' production dipped in his senior season in 2014, as he missed several games with a leg injury. However, he still caught 32 passes for 380 yards and two scores. He also added a fourth career touchdown pass in a game against South Alabama. Lewis finished his career at MSU ranked eighth on the Bulldogs' all-time list in receptions (113) and 10th in receiving yards (1,554). He also had 280 yards rushing and four TDs, and accounted for 1,414 yards and another score on 65 kickoff returns.
TERRENCE METCALF / OFFENSIVE LINE
Metcalf, 39, comes to PRCC after one season as defensive line coach at Oxford High.
Metcalf is a native of Clarksdale, and was a Parade All-America in 1997, following his senior season at Clarksdale High.
He signed with Ole Miss, and was a four-year starter for the Rebels as an offensive lineman for the Rebels from 1998-2001. He was a first-team All-SEC selection his junior and senior seasons, and was a second-team All-America in 1999 and a consensus first-team All-America in 2001.
Metcalf was selected in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears in the third round (93rd pick overall), and he played with the Bears from 2002-08.
He played 78 games in his pro career, starting 25, and he was a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl team in 2006.
Metcalf was in private business before embarking on his coaching career. He served Oxford High as an offensive line coach on a volunteer basis before taking over the defensive line on a full-time basis in 2015.
He has an 19-year-old son, D.K., who will be a redshirt freshman wide receiver at Ole Miss after a stellar high school career at Oxford.
MATT MONACELLI / RUNNING BACKS
Monacelli, 26, is a native of Albion, N.Y., and played for Albion High. He played one season at Baldwin-Wallace College, then transferred to St. John Fisher College, where he played three seasons, graduating in 2015 with a degree in sports management.
During his career at St. John Fisher, Monacelli caught 25 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
He comes to PRCC after one season as wide receivers coach at Findlay, where he served with Wildcats offensive coordinator Cleo Lemon.
NATHAN WIGGINS / LINEBACKERS
Wiggins, 27, comes to PRCC from Adams State (Colo.), where he was a player and assistant coach.
Wiggins is a native of Littleton, Colo., where he played on two state championship teams as a defensive back at Columbine High. He played four seasons at Adams State as a linebacker, graduating in 2014.
Following his college career, he spent five months playing professionally in Germany for the Troisdorf Jets, where he helped the coaching staff.
After his stint overseas, he returned to Adams State as volunteer assistant in 2014 and was a graduate assistant in 2015 in charge of running backs.
Wiggins is engaged to be married to Mikaela Hoelsken, who was an NCAA Division II track and field All-America at Adams State.
RYAN TREVATHAN / OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR & QURTERBACKS
Trevathan, 27, comes to PRCC after two seasons as offensive coordinator at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Trevathan is a native of Jonesboro, Ark., and graduated from Jonesboro High in 2007. He was an undergraduate student assistant coach at Arkansas State during his four years at ASU, graduating in December, 2011 with a degree in physical education.
He spent three seasons at Ole Miss as tight ends coach, the first two as a graduate assistant before becoming a full staff member in 2014. During his time on the Rebel sideline, Ole Miss produced two of its three best offensive seasons in school history, including a record 6,153 yards in 2013.
Trevathan is completing work on a master's degree in higher education. He and his wife Morgan have one son, Kaden.
HARRY WRIGHT / TIGHT ENDS
Wright, 27, is a native of New Orleans, La., where he graduated from Jesuit High School in 2008. He attended the University of Alabama, earning a degree in public relations in December, 2012, following internships in New Orleans and Nashville.
He earned a law degree from Tulane University in 2016, during which time he served as an intern and later as a graduate assistant in player personnel and recruiting for the Green Wave football program.
In 2016, Wright served as defensive line coach at Isadore Newman School in New Orleans, before coming to PRCC.