TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — A new era is underway for Troy football as they welcomed the 23rd head coach Jon Sumrall Monday morning.

Excitement, energy, enthusiasm, connectivity and passion are just some of the words used to describe Jon Sumrall as he was chosen out of 50 candidates for the job.

“I’m very excited, grateful and honored to be the next head football coach at Troy its a tremendous opportunity to lead a storied program with so much support and has high expectations,” Sumrall said.

Sumrall is apart of the reason why expectations are high for Troy athletics especially the football program. He was apart of Neal Brown’s staff from 2015-2017 where he helped lead the Trojans to a 21-5 record in those two years, a SunBelt championship and a pair of bowl victories.

After the success, he took his talents to Ole Miss for 2018 and returned to his alma Mater Kentucky in 2019 to work on the defensive staff.

“Without the opportunity to be on his staff I probably wouldn’t be here today as a head coach he’s been a great friend and mentor to me,” He said. “Friends don’t always hug we fight but Neal has set the example form me.”

An example like how to win but most importantly how to recruit — Sumrall is one of the most valuable recruiters in Kentucky’s football program. For Troy, he made his mark by recruiting defensive studs like Carlton Martial and KJ Robertson.

Sumrall is defensive minded nevertheless but the offense can expect some improvements after facing inconsistency the past few years.

“We are going to run the ball, we want to be able to take vertical shots off of our run game and get people in space who can make plays with the ball in their hands,” He said. “Formationally we want to put people in binds and create issues for our opponent by shifts and motions and different tempos we can use.”

Sumrall said the winning culture is what made the decision easy to return to Trojan Territiory, but the plan is to take Troy to new heights.

“We want to win championships, bowl games, we want to be ranked in the top 25, we want to be one the premiere groups in football,” He added. “We want to sell out every game here at Veterans Memorial Stadium and make it hard to hear for our opponents.”

Sumrall is meeting with coaches and players and will soon get to work for the 2022 football season.