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Russ Huesman named Spiders head football coach

Head coach Russ Huesman of the Chattanooga Mocs converses with Zach McCarter #47 during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. — Russ Huesman was named new head football coach at the University of Richmond Wednesday.

Huesman, who served as defensive coordinator for the Spiders’ 2008 National Championship team, spent eight seasons coaching at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

“I’m excited to return to Richmond, a place that my family and I dearly love, for the opportunity to be the head coach of this incredibly successful football program,” Huesman said. “The commitment of this University and the Athletic Department to its football program is evident through the recent success and I look forward to building on that success at even greater heights.”

Huesman will be officially introduced as the Spiders’ new coach at 4 p.m.