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Heacock out as Youngstown State's football coach

Youngstown, OH (Sports Network) - Youngstown State University announced Sunday that Jon Heacock will not be returning as the football coach for next season.

Heacock guided the program to a 60-44 record during his nine-year tenure, which was highlighted by a trip to the playoff semifinals in 2006.

"I've known Jon since my senior year on the football team in 1991, and he has always been a genuine, caring person for the Youngstown State program and the community," said YSU athletic director Ron Strollo. "I would want Jon, as well as our fans and supporters, to know that we appreciate the tremendous challenges and expectations of being the head football coach at Youngstown State. He fulfilled those duties in a manner that would make every Penguin fan proud."

Under Heacock, the Penguins won a pair of Missouri Valley Football Conference titles and finished with at least seven wins five different times. In 2005 and 2006 he was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.

11/22 22:47:23 ET