The search is under way for a new head football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy W. Stewart.

Dr. Stewart made the announcement following last Tuesday's meeting of the College's Board of Trustees, which approved the change in leadership of the Warrior football program.

"We have decided to go in a different direction with our football program effective today (Dec. 4, 2012)," said Dr. Stewart. "Brian Anderson will be reassigned to other duties at the College until his contract expires on June 30, 2013. We thank Brian for his five years of service to the East Central football team."

Anderson has guided the Warriors the past four years, compiling an overall mark of 9-27.

He was named head coach on an interim basis in 2009, when the Warriors went 2-7. The squad also posted 2-7 seasons in 2010 and 2011. The Warriors recently completed a 3-6 campaign.

Anderson joined the ECCC staff in 2008 as offensive coordinator and continued serving in that capacity as head coach.

Prior to joining the Warrior program, Anderson served as head coach and offensive coordinator at Grenada High School in 2007-08 and led the Philadelphia High School football program from 2004-06.

He is also a former assistant at Neshoba Central High School (1996-97) and Meridian High School (1999-2003).

A Prattville, Ala., native, Anderson was a standout football player at Mississippi State University, where the three-year starter was an All-SEC selection at center during his junior and senior seasons and was a member of three bowl teams.

He was also a member of the All-SEC Academic Team for three years and was selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star and East-West Shrine All-Star games. He was selected for the NFL Combine in 1996.

Dr. Stewart said applications for a new head football coach will be received until Dec. 26. A committee headed by athletic director Chris Harris will interview candidates and submit a recommendation for consideration.

"I am confident that several qualified candidates will be interested in leading the Warrior football team as we strive for excellence in the classroom and on the field of play. We hope to name a new head football coach in January 2013 and present that recommendation for ratification by the College's Board of Trustees at their February 2013 meeting. We then look forward to working with the new coach and our student-athletes to move our program forward and achieve great things both academically and athletically," said Dr. Stewart.

For more information, refer to the position opening announcement for head football coach located on the College Web site (