Mayper resigns; Crill named interim

Navarro College begins a nationwide search for a new head football coach to replace Brian Mayper, who resigned Friday.

Athletic Director Roark Montgomery posted the job vacancy Friday morning and also named Cody Crill as Navarro’s interim head coach.  Crill, the team’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, will be directing daily football operations and will oversee recruiting, Montgomery said.

Mayper resigned to become the head coach of the Belgrade Wolves, the reigning Serbian and Central European Football League (CEFL) Champion for six of the last nine seasons. He leaves Saturday for Belgrade.

“I am extremely excited about the chance to be part of the Wolves’ team.  I plan to work hard in order to ensure the continuation of the rich tradition of Wolves’ success,” Mayper said in a statement released on the CEFL team’s webpage at www.vukovi.org.   “I look forward to getting to know the culture and the many opportunities that come with working in Belgrade. I am very passionate about the coaching job and we will be a very exciting team to watch.  I cannot wait to get to Serbia.”

Mayper compiled a 26-8 record in three seasons at Navarro, with the 2012 Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship, 2013 runner-up, 2014 regular-season runner-up, two NJCAA bowl championships and three finishes among the Top 14 in final NJCAA polls.  Three consecutive seasons, his teams broke Navarro single-season scoring records, amassing 528 points during a 7-3 run to the 2014 Region XIV Semifinals.

Mayper earned SWJCFC Coach of the Year honors in 2012 and was named Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Coach of the Year in 2013 for his ministry work in Navarro College’s FCA Huddle.

Mayper was an associate head coach, co-offensive coordinator and special-teams coach here on coach Ray Woodard’s staff in 2007.  He returned to Corsicana in 2012 after a four-year stint on Woodard’s Lamar University staff.