Florida Atlantic assistant head coach and running backs coach Roger Harriott has resigned to focus on his family, Owls coach Charlie Partridge told SI.com.
Partridge said Harriott already has a non-coaching job lined up in the private sector that will allow him to spend much-needed time with his family, both in the U.S. and his native Jamaica.
“He’s a good friend and I’m going to miss him,” Partridge told SI.com. “His family needs him right now.”
This past season was Harriott’s first at Florida Atlantic and his inaugural campaign as a collegiate coach. Highly respected in South Florida, he had previously been coach of University School of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for eight seasons.
The 38-year-old started the prep school’s football program in 2006 and turned it into one of the area’s best, winning a state championship in 2012.
Partridge has not decided on a replacement for Harriott, who had been an ace recruiter for Florida Atlantic, including the best in Conference USA this past recruiting cycle.
The Owls went 3-9 this past season in Partridge’s debut, but on Wednesday they signed the best recruiting class in school history.