Jan. 16, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State University names Lawrence Kershaw as its 15th Head Football Coach. Records date the program back to 1936 when it was under EIAC regulations and earned three championships and one co-championship. The Broncos became a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1954 and have won three championships since. FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
A press conference will be held on Tuesday, January 22 to present Coach Kershaw to the public. The event will take place at 10:30 am on the second level concourse of Felton J. Capel Arena.
Lawrence Kershaw has eight years of experience as an offensive coordinator and a total of 17 on the collegiate level. He will take over the Bronco program after serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Florida A&M University for the past five years. FAMU finished as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Champions in 2010 with a 7-1 record.
Under his schemes in 2012, the Rattlers finished first in the MEAC in Passing Efficiency (141.9), Touchdown Passes (18) and Completion Percentage (70.4). FAMU was ranked second in the conference in Pass Offense (236.2 per game) and third in Total Offense (359.0 per game). The offense has ranked in the top three of numerous offensive categories through his five years. Kershaw has helped guide 20 offensive student-athletes and six position players (linemen) to All-MEAC honors. Three of his linemen, Robert Okeafor, Steve Brazzle and Anthony Collins garnered All-American accolades. One of his quarterbacks was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Year. The Rattler offense once ranked 13th in the nation in Scoring Offense and 17th in Rushing Offense.
In 2007, Kershaw was the offensive line coach at Hampton University. The offense finished first in the MEAC in Scoring, Passing and Red Zone Offense. In 2006, he served as the offensive line coach and coordinator of the strength and conditioning program at Truman State University.
A 1995 graduate of Virginia State University, Kershaw has abundant experiences in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. At the completion of playing career, he signed on as the offensive line coach for three seasons.
Kershaw completed his Masters of Education Degree in 1997 at VSU and returned to his home state of New York in 1998 to volunteer at Fordham University.
After the brief stint away, he returned to his alma-mater in 2000 as the offensive line coach and took over as the offensive coordinator a year later. The Trojans won two CIAA Championships (1995 & 1996) and finished runner-up in 1997.
Lawrence Kershaw expanded his experience outside the CIAA after he served as the Assistant Head Coach at Virginia Union University from 2004-05.