A former Mississippi State coach was hired for a new job on Tuesday.
Sylvester Croom, who was the first African-American head coach in SEC football history, is joining the Senior Bowl staff to serve as Senior Vice President of Operations. Croom was hired alongside Jim Nagy, who will serve as Executive Director of the Senior Bowl.
“We are excited to welcome Jim and Sylvester to the Senior Bowl family,” Mobile Arts & Sports Association Chairman Angus Cooper said in a press release.
Croom coached at Mississippi State from 2004-08, winning the SEC Coach of the Year award in 2007. He went 21-38 during his five seasons leading the Bulldogs, including 10-30 in conference games. Croom led Mississippi State to a victory in the Liberty Bowl during the 2007 season, when the Bulldogs went 8-5.
Croom played for Alabama from 1972-74 as a linebacker and tight end. He played one season in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints in 1975 before returning to the Crimson Tide as a coach. He served as an assistant at Alabama from 1976-86.
After his stint with the Tide, Croom served as an NFL assistant from 1987-2003 and from 2009-2016. His last coaching job was as running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2013-16.