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Morrisville State College announces football staff changes

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College football will head into the 2009 season with several notable staff changes to the program, as head coach Terry Dow recently announced the addition of Maurice Jackson, David Mazza, Jay Davis, Joel Adour, John Pluta, and Adam Rowlands to the Mustang football coaching staff.

Jackson joins the Mustang program as the wide receivers coach for the fall season. The 2002 graduate of Syracuse University played four seasons for the Orange at wide receiver, catching 51 passes for 801 yards and five touchdowns. In 2003 Jackson joined the British Columbia Lions, for a season at wide receiver. Three years later he joined the Rochester Raiders, a professional indoor team, for three seasons.

Mazza comes to Morrisville State from the University of Buffalo where he spent three seasons in various capacities with the Bulls. In the fall of 2006, he joined the Bulls staff as a recruiting assistant before being named the administrative recruiting coordinator the following summer. Mazza will be responsible for running backs for the Mustangs this fall.

Defensively, Davis will head the newly staffed defensive unit, serving as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Mustangs this fall. Davis comes to Morrisville from the University of Dubuque where he served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for eight seasons. In his helm with the Spartans, Dubuque posted its first winning season in 19 years in 2006 and its first back-to-back winning season in 27 years.

Prior to his time at Dubuque, Davis was the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Mount Senario College in Wisconsin for five seasons following an All-American playing performance for the Fighting Saints.

Adour and Rowlands will coach the linebackers for the Mustangs. Adour comes to Morrisville State from Fowler High School where he served as the assistant varsity coach for three seasons, two as the defensive backs coach and most recently, the defensive coordinator.

Rowlands previously coached with the Oneida High School varsity football program as an assistant offensive and defensive line coach. In 2008, Oneida recorded an 11-2 overall record and was the Class B East Champions, Section 3 Class B Champions and the New York State Regional Champions.

Pluta comes to Morrisville from Norwich City Schools where he coached for 20 seasons and won eight divisional championships, three Section IV Championships, a New York State Regional Championship title and several coach of the year honors. Pluta will coach the defensive line.

Morrisville State begins camp Tuesday, August 11 and will open the season on the road at Hartwick College on September 5.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.