Daren Wilkinson

Daren Wilkinson

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s football program will no longer be under the helm of coach Daren Wilkinson, athletic director Steve Roach announced on Monday.

The Javelinas’ recent 70-14 loss to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin closed a 2-9 season for TAMUK, which marked the fourth season with an overall losing record in Wilkinson’s five-year tenure.

Wilkinson will leave his post in Javelina Nation with only one winning season, in 2016, which concluded with a 9-3 record. The Javelinas also were able to play in a post-season bowl game that season, beating Southern Arkansas 27-14 in the Live United Bowl.

The Javelinas went 21-35 under Wilkinson from 2015-2019, which included an 11-28 record in Lone Star Conference play.

“We appreciate Coach Wilkinson’s commitment and dedication to the Javelina football program and the positive impact he made on this community,” Roach said in a prepared statement released Monday. “However, at this time, we felt it was best to make a change in the leadership of the football program.

“Javelina football has a proud tradition and rich history, and I am confident we will find the next head coach to lead us back to that prominence.”

The search for a new head coach has begun and will be conducted by Parker Executive Search, the statement said.

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