Barrows Resigns at Defensive CoordinatorFebruary 19, 2007
By David Shelton, Special to the Post and Courier
Charleston Southern assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Steve Barrows has accepted a position on the staff at Indiana State University, ending his four-year tenure at CSU.
Barrows, who helped turn the Buccaneers' football program into a Big South conference champion in only three seasons, says the decision to leave was a tough one. The Buccaneers were 16-6 over the last two seasons.
"It was very difficult to decide to leave this program and a great group of young men," said Barrows, who will assume the role of defensive coordinator at Indiana State.
"I really enjoyed the CSU family. We loved Charleston. I had a great time, and I will never forget all that we accomplished here. I'm so thankful for the opportunity I had at CSU."
In the end, Barrows says a chance to move closer to his roots was the deciding factor. Barrows grew up just a few hours from Terre Haute, Ind., where Indiana State is located and still has family in the area.
"Being closer to home was the most attractive thing for me," said the coach.
"The area has always been a part of home for me, and I always thought it would be neat to coach at Indiana State. From a football perspective, it's quite a challenge but it's also a great opportunity. I'm sorry to be leaving CSU, but I'm very excited about the challenge that awaits me."
CSU head coach Jay Mills will certainly miss having Barrows by his side. Barrows was the first hire by Mills when he accepted the position of head coach at CSU. Barrows also worked for Mills at Minnesota-Morris in the mid-90's.
"He has been a tremendous asset to me and to this football program," Mills said.
"Not only for the things he helped to accomplish on the field, but for all of the things he did off the field to strengthen the program. He's a tremendous leader and we're going to miss him. I'm sad to see him go but I can certainly understand the reasons he is leaving. We wish him the best."