Chattanooga-(WDEF) Former East Ridge defensive coordinator Mark Teague takes over at Howard this fall.
He'll try to revive a Hustlin' Tigers program that has just three wins in the last three years.
Howard represents Mark Teague's first head coaching job, and he's excited about the challenge and opportunity.
"I served the last four years over in Marion, Arkansas, which is very close to the Memphis area. A lot of the kids there remind me of some of the kids here. Not bad kids coming from the background they came from looking for a chance. My first head coaching job I wanted to be able to put my stamp on a program that had been downed and help turn it around and bring it back to respectability."
Teague has already placed his stamp on the team with new uniforms and helmets.
Said back Quattarius Porter,"Brought us new helmets, new shoulder pads, and new jerseys. We're getting team cleats and team socks and everything."
Said lineman Udarius Strawter,"We all want to look good, so when we got new jerseys and stuff, that's really what we wanted."
Said Teague,"They see a lot of schools with nice stuff. The Baylors and the McCallies with nice uniforms. I gave them the mindset why not us."
Teague had to buy a lot of extra large jerseys.
Howard's offensive linemen average around 300-pounds.
Said Teague,"That's a nice little present that was given to me when I came here."
Added Strawter,"We run the ball a lot more than we pass. Like when we went to the 7-on-7 and stuff, he was just ready to run the ball."
Howard plays their games on Reggie White field.
And Teague wouldn't mind seeing his guys play like the famous Howard alum.
"There's a strong community backing behind this school. It really is very strong. These people take a lot of pride in the school, and they are looking for it to come back to respectability."