The stunning loss of the Winston-Salem State University Rams’ during a recent football game has lead to a sudden change in staff. Get the full story on who’s up and who’s out from John Dell at Journal Now.
Winston-Salem State, coming off a 73-7 blowout loss to Chowan, has made a significant change in its coaching staff.
Offensive coordinator Lawrence Kershaw resigned on Tuesday morning and Kam Smith, a former quarterback for the Rams, has been elevated to offensive coordinator.
On Tuesday afternoon Robert Massey, the interim head coach of the Rams, said there were changes made regarding the offense heading into Saturday’s game at Johnson C. Smith but he didn’t reveal what those changes were.
Kershaw said in a text on Tuesday night he didn’t want to comment on his resignation.
The Rams are averaging just 10 points through four games to rank 11th in the CIAA out of 12 schools. They have scored just four touchdowns as quarterbacks Dominique Graves and Cameron Lewis have combined to throw five interceptions. Lewis has the only touchdown pass this season for the Rams, who are also struggling with their running game. Lewis is also the team’s leading rusher with 160 yards.
Kershaw has been the offensive coordinator the past two seasons and before that was the offensive line coach in 2018. Before coming to WSSU he was the head coach for Fayetteville State for three seasons. Before his time at Fayetteville State he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for five seasons at Florida A&M.
Taking over the offense will be Smith, who is the all-time passing leader in WSSU history. Smith is in his first season as quarterbacks coach with the Rams. He helped the Rams reach the 2012 Division II national championship game and was part of the best team in school history that went 14-1 that year.