Elon hires Rich Skrosky as new football coach

Elon has hired Ball State assistant Rich Skrosky as its football

coach.

Athletic director Dave Blank announced the hiring Thursday.

Skrosky was on Pete Lembo’s staff at Elon from 2006-10 before

following him to Ball State, where he spent the past three seasons

as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Ball State (10-2) averaged 486 yards and 40 points this season,

beat Virginia by three touchdowns and earned a berth in the GoDaddy

Bowl.

Skrosky says he is ”returning to a place that is very special”

to him.

He replaces Jason Swepson, who was fired Nov. 25 after going

10-24 in three seasons.

The Phoenix will begin play in the CAA in 2014 after competing

in the Southern Conference since 2003.