Western Carolina University Director of Athletics Alex Gary announced Friday a leadership change for Catamount football. Mark Speir will not be returning as head coach.

"After a thorough evaluation of the program, I feel that it is time we move in a different direction," said Gary. "We are grateful for Coach Speir's nine years of dedicated service and efforts on behalf of the Catamount football program."

A national search for the 14th head football coach at WCU will begin immediately.