Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer is expected to be named the new football coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, according to a report from ESPN.com.
Dilfer, 50, resigned Wednesday as football coach at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville one day before his program will play for its second consecutive state championship.
Dilfer announced to his team that he has resigned according to an email sent to Lipscomb Academy families from director of schools Brad Schultz.
“A few moments ago, Coach Trent Dilfer met with members of the high school football team to let them know that he is stepping down as head coach of the program,” Schultz wrote Wednesday.
“Later today, the University of Alabama-Birmingham is officially announcing the appointment of Coach Dilfer as the head coach of the UAB Blazers. The timing of this release is not ideal with the Div II-AA State Championship game tomorrow. But, because the information was leaked overnight and is being reported in national media, we needed to share this news with our community. We are coordinating with the UAB athletics department on the timing of the official public announcement, which will take place later today. We intend to keep the focus on our student-athletes and support them as they head to Chattanooga today in preparation for the championship game tomorrow.”
Dilfer would replace interim coach and offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent, who took over for Bill Clark after Clark resigned in June for health reasons.
UAB finished 6-6 this season, with a 4-4 mark in Conference USA and will await its bowl fate this weekend.
Dilfer spent 13 seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers, and he was the starting quarterback for the Ravens during their Super Bowl winning season in 2000.
After his playing career, Dilfer spent time as an NFL analyst and is also the head coach at the Elite 11 competition for high school quarterbacks.
USA TODAY Sports’ Scooby Axson contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Trent Dilfer to become UAB head coach after resigning from high school
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