CMU Hires Jim McElwain as Next Football Coach

MT. PLEASANT – Central Michigan has hired University of Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain as its new head coach, the school announced Sunday.

McElwain joined Michigan’s staff in February after three seasons as head coach at Florida. McElwain went 22-12 at Florida before parting ways with the school midway through the 2017 season.

“Coach McElwain recruits outstanding student-athletes and gets the best out of them. He motivates his players and holds them accountable,” CMU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michigan Alford said in a release. “He expects them to practice hard, win, go to class, graduate and be strong members of our community.”

Prior to coaching at Florida, McElwain spent three seasons at Colorado State, leading the Rams to a 22-16 record and a pair of bowl games. McElwain has a 44-28 overall record with two SEC Eastern Division titles and four bowl appearances to his credit in six seasons.

McElwain replaces John Bonamego who was fired on Nov. 23 after posting a 1-11 record this year, the worst season in program history. Bonamego 22-29 in four seasons at CMU.

McElwain will be introduced at a press conference at CMU Monday at 11 a.m.