Ever since I was young, I have always been attending football games on a consistent basis. My older cousins played and they inspired me to take the field as well. I was not lucky enough to sustain a football career, but that was primarily due to my focus on my success with lacrosse. While lacrosse may be my favorite sport, football has always had a special place in my heart (my Dad was quarterback at Durham High School back in the day). No matter how many times you hit a guy, sportsmanship and gamesmanship is put on display because there are lessons to be taught. Football taught me discipline, compassion for the next man, and to be my brother’s keeper. Let’s take a look at my four area coaches (SAU, Shaw, NCCU, ECU) and learn a little bit more about them and their respective programs. — Lawrence Davis
Saint Augustine’s University has removed the interim tag and officially named Tim Chavous as head football coach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
Chavous coached the Falcons for eight games on an interim basis in the 2015 season. He guided the Falcons to their only victory of the season, a 31-24 win over crosstown rival Shaw University on Nov. 7, 2015.
“After his performance as an interim coach during the season, and his relationship with the student-athletes, the committee thought it would be in the best interest of the institution to extend his contract,” Falcons’ Athletic Director George Williams said.
Chavous has been with the football program for four seasons, including three full seasons as running backs coach. Under his guidance, standout tailback Roderick Davenport II became the University’s career rushing leader in the modern era this past season, gaining 2,809 yards.
Chavous has been the team’s academic coordinator since he arrived at Saint Augustine’s University in 2012. The Falcons have thrived in the classroom under Chavous, winning three consecutive awards for having the highest grade point average among all CIAA football teams.
“I would like to thank Coach Williams and President [Everett B.] Ward,” Chavous said. “My goal is to put a competitive team on the field which also excels academically.”
Before coming to Saint Augustine’s University, Chavous was an assistant offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Saint Paul’s College from 2005 to 2011.
While at Saint Paul’s, Chavous was head baseball coach, admissions recruiter and director of student activities. During his tenure at Saint Paul’s, Chavous coached one All-CIAA rookie player and one 1,000-yard rusher.
Chavous was running backs coach at Virginia State from 2003 to 2004. He was a coach and camp coordinator at Virginia during the summers of 2002 to 2004.
Chavous was a standout college running back at Bethune-Cookman where he was a member of the 2001 MEAC championship team. He played two years at Pasadena (Calif.) City College for two years before transferring to Bethune-Cookman.
Chavous graduated from Bethune-Cookman with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and recreation in 2002. He earned a master’s degree in education and physical education in 2012 at his alma mater.
In high school, Chavous was a four-year starter at running back and linebacker at Lakewood (Fla.) High School. He was all-county at linebacker.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Chavous is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Baseball Coaches Association.
He is the proud father of two children, Jaylen and Chela Chavous.