BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern College Director of Athletics Kyndall Waters announced Monday that head football coach Eddie Garfinkle will be relieved of his coaching duties after the team's final game on November 5.
"Eddie has worked tirelessly for our football program over the last nine years," Waters said. "We thank him for his dedication to our student-athletes and service to Birmingham-Southern, and are grateful to him as we begin a new direction. We look forward to the new coach improving our program and helping us compete for a conference championship."
Garfinkle took over a 1-7 program in 2008—one year after BSC resumed its football program at the NCAA Division III level after a 67-year hiatus—and led the team to a 3-7 finish his inaugural season. In year three of his tenure, the Panthers earned their first winning season since 1937 with a 6-5 finish.
Garfinkle then led BSC to back-to-back seven-win seasons in 2011 and 2012. The Panthers finished third in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2011 and won a share of the 2012 Southern Athletic Association title their first year in the league. That year, they were ranked as high as 15th in the D3football.com Top 25 National Poll.
BSC finished 5-4 overall, 3-3 in the SAA at the conclusion of the 2013 season.; they have not earned a winning season since. In the past three seasons, however, the Panthers have gone 9-19 overall and 7-13 in conference play. To-date, Garfinkle has a 41-45 career record with Birmingham-Southern
There have been 50 all-conference selections, two conference players of the year, two all-region selections and one All-American during Garfinkle's tenure.
The search for the programs seventh coach is currently underway. The administration hopes to announce a replacement soon.