Chadwick Germany said when he took over as head coach at Capitol High Academy, he hoped it would lead to a college job.
He got what he wanted.
Germany said Friday he has left Capitol to become quarterbacks coach at Southern University, where he’ll try to improve the Jaguars’ passing attack and strengthen their recruiting efforts in Baton Rouge, where they failed to sign a single recruit this season.
“(Friday) is my first day at Southern. Thursday was my last day at Capitol,” Germany said.
“When I got the job at Capitol, my plan was to stay five years, and I wound up staying six. The goal was to have a chance to coach on the college level, and I’m getting that Southern. I’m excited about it. I’ll also be recruiting the Baton Rouge area, and hopefully I can find a niche there.”
That’s what Stump Mitchell has in mind.
“It’s good to have him because we have not done a real good job of recruiting the Baton Rouge young men,” Mitchell said. “Hopefully coach Germany, with his football savvy, but also knowing these players and their parents and guardians, will get us a few more local kids.”
A former Capitol quarterback who played college football at Tennessee State, Germany led the Lions to the Class 2A semifinals in 2009. They came within a two-point conversion in overtime of beating Evangel and advancing to the Superdome Classic for the second time in school history.
Capitol finished 6-6 last year, losing to Evangel in the second round of the 2A playoffs.
Germany also interviewed for the SU head-coaching job in 2009.
Germany said he didn’t decide to leave Capitol until this week, when he got a contract from Southern. He said he was also waiting to learn more about the status of Capitol High Academy, which will apparently remain a charter school.
Germany had interviewed with Mitchell earlier this year, after former SU quarterbacks coach Ted White left to become offensive coordinator at Howard, his alma mater.
Mitchell instead hired Gerald Carr, a longtime NFL and major-college assistant, as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Carr guided the Southern offense through spring practice but left shortly thereafter, re-opening the job.
With Germany on board, Mitchell will oversee the offense and call plays, as he did last season.
As for the rest of the staff, Mitchell also confirmed the hiring of Jorge Baez, who will coach wide receivers.
Baez, a South Florida native and 2003 graduate of Florida International, was a volunteer assistant at the University of Miami under then-coach Larry Coker. He then spent one year at a Florida high school before serving as a graduate intern at Ole Miss, assisting with wide receivers.
That’s where he made a connection with Mitchell, whose son, Jared Mitchell, was a wideout.
Baez spent the past two seasons at NAIA Lambuth University. The Jackson, Tenn.-based private school closed down last month after 168 years.
He replaces longtime assistant Eric Dooley, who took over as offensive coordinator at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
“These guys (Germany and Baez) are going to have a big impact on how successful we are,” Mitchell said. “Our receivers are a talented group, and we’re going to rely heavily on them to make plays for us - more this year than last year.”
SU’s quarterbacks completed only 47 percent of their passes, and no player had more receiving yards than senior Curry Allen (539).
Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough contributed to this story.