BREAKING: Edinboro football head coach resigns

Category:  Sports
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 7:25 PM
BREAKING: Edinboro football head coach resigns  by Drew Patrick


Justin Lustig has stepped down as Edinboro University football head coach to become the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Syracuse University.

Lustig was brought in to be the new man in charge last January. He was the architect of the largest turnaround in Division II college football history,  bringing the fighting Scots from an 0-11 record to this year's mark of 9-2.

Lustig earned a littany of postseason honors including PSAC West Coach of the Year, the Don Hansen Football Gazette Super Region 1 Co-Coach of the Year, and the Division II Coach of the Year.

He is a native of Erie who played high cchool football at Cathedral Prep. Coaching at Edinboro was a homecoming for Lustig.

"Thank you for the opportunity to return home to an area that our family loves so much. Coaches and players come and go, but the accomplishments this team has achieved in one year will be forever the players' and the university's to hold onto. We will be endlessly grateful for our relationships we have developed with our players and within the community. Edinboro is a great place and has a strong future ahead of it.”  

Edinboro Athletics director Bruce Baumgartner was disappointed in this decision, but understood what coach Lustig had accomplished in his one year saying in a public comment: "Obviously, we are disappointed that Justin (Lustig) has decided to move on to another coaching position, at the same time, our program is in very good shape. We come off a 9-2 season and have an excellent staff in place. Due to their efforts and Justin's, I feel very good about the direction of our program.”

The athletic department would like to move quickly to replace, hoping that they have that announcement very soon.

Lustig was scheduled to deliver a panel discussion on Monday morning for the Academic Festival at Edinboro University, titled "Establishing a Winning Culture in Organizations." That panel has been cancelled.

Original Article: According to GoErie and Tom Reisenweber, Edinboro University football head coach, Justin Lustig, has resigned to take an assistant position at Syracuse University. According to Reisenweber, he will be taking the special teams coordinator, along with the running backs coach positions. 

Lustig was 9-2 in his lone season at Edinboro. This was a Division 2, record-setting turnaround from an 0-11 prior campaign. 

Lustig is still scheduled to hold a presentation as part of the Academic Festival called, "Establishing a Winning Culture in Organizations," Monday, Mar. 27. 

Stay posted for more information as it becomes available to us. 

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