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Minter takes over at Campbell
Former Panthers safety inherits 1-10 Fighting Camels
 
Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:40 am
by Herbert L. White

Former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter has reached his goal of becoming head football coach at a Division I college.


Minter was named coach at Campbell, a non-scholarship program in the Pioneer League, where Davidson is a member. Minter, 38, succeeds Dale Steele, who went 16-39 since Campbell reinstate football in 2006 after dropping the sport in 1950.  Campbell went 1-10 last year after going 6-5 in 2011.


He was special teams coordinator at Liberty (Va.) last year and defensive passing game coordinator at Johnson C. Smith in 2011. He was head coach at First Assembly Christian in Concord, where he won 33 games and two state titles in three seasons.


His first game as a head coach is Aug. 31, 2013 against Charlotte in the 49ers’ debut as a program.


"I am excited to be the next head football coach at Campbell University," Minter said Tuesday at an on-campus press conference. "My family and I are looking forward to being part of the Campbell family. I would like to thank President Dr. Jerry Wallace and Athletic Director Bob Roller for the opportunity to take the Campbell football program to the next level. I am grateful for the chance to lead these young men and to help develop them into champions on and off the field."


With the Panthers, Minter, a second-round draft pick, became a starter at safety six games into his rookie year in 1997, and was a fixture in the secondary when he retired in 2006. He played for Panthers teams that earned three playoff berths and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII. In that game, broke his left foot in the third quarter, but remained on the field and recorded a career-high 18 tackles. When he retired, Minter held Panthers records for starts (141), consecutive starts (94), fumble recoveries (11) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (4). He finished his career with 17 interceptions, 42 pass breakups and 11 sacks.


"Mike's spirit, passion and will to win were evident to me from our very first conversation," Roller said. "I am convinced that Campbell University and Camel football is about to experience a transformational change, and it will be exciting to watch our student body, alumni and fans get on board."


As Johnson C. Smith, Minter coached a Golden Bulls defense that forced 24 turnovers caused, triple the 2010 total. JCSU went 6-5 and won Pioneer Bowl XIII against Miles for the program's first postseason victory.


"Coach Minter brings a wealth of college and NFL playing and coaching experience,” Wallace said. “He's passionate about the game and using his innate leadership abilities to take Campbell's program to the next level."


Minter won a pair of national championships at Nebraska (1994 and ‘95) where he played linebacker and safety for the Cornhuskers. He was a three-time all-Big 8 (now Big 12) Conference player and was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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