MISportsNow Exclusive: A Sit Down with CMU Football Coach Jim McElwain
MISportsNow is sitting down for an exclusive interview with Central Michigan head football coach Jim McElwain as he begins his first season with the Chippewas.
MT PLEASANT – Back in December 2018, Central Michigan announced Jim McElwain was their pick to head up the football program.
McElwain, who is the 29th head coach in CMU history, comes to Mt. Pleasant after serving as a wide receivers coach at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Michigan’s staff in February, McElwain spent three seasons as head coach at Florida. McElwain went 22-12 at Florida before parting ways with the school midway through the 2017 season.
He began his head coaching career at Colorado State in 2012 and led the Rams to a 22-16 record and a pair of bowl game appearances. He was also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama from 2008-11, where he coached 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and won two national championships.
Now that his is acclimated with the campus and the team, he’s started to implement his plan for a new era of CMU Football. The first big change comes with his new coaching staff, most notably Offensive Coordinator Charlie Frye and Defensive Coordinator Robb Akey.
The fans, students, and alumni will get their first glimpse at this new Chippewa squad on Saturday April 13 for their annual spring practice. The free kids clinic begins at 10 a.m. in the IAC Turf Bay and the open practice begins at 1 p.m. at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.