WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Kienus Boulware was relieved from his duties as head coach at Winston-Salem State University, according to a statement issued by the school on Friday.
The university released the following statement:
“Winston-Salem State University has provided head football coach Kienus Boulware with a notice of its intent to dismiss him from employment for cause. Mr. Boulware has the right to appeal his dismissal within 30 days; per university policy he has been suspended with pay pending the exhaustion of his right to file an appeal.
The university has named assistant coach Robert Massey as interim head football coach.”
Boulware was dismissed for cause due to violations of university policy, according to a school official.
In his five seasons as head coach, Boulware went 35-19, but in the last two seasons, the Rams did not play for the CIAA championship after failing to win the Southern Division, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Before the 2017 season, WSSU had won the division six straight years.
The Rams are coming off a 5-4 season and lost key players to graduation such as running back Kerrion Moore, linebackers Pat Green and Jayron Rankin and defensive linemen Jarrell Bright, Tyron Roberts and Jack Nimmons.
Boulware released the following statement Friday afternoon:
“It has been my honor and pleasure to coach the football team at Winston-Salem State University for the past 9 years, including the last 5 as the head coach. While we have enjoyed a great deal of success on the field during that time, my greatest achievement and greatest honor has been watching our fine student athletes mature and grow into fine men. I have always acted with the best interest of my student athletes at heart while preserving the integrity of the university. I respect the administration of this fine university, but strongly disagree with my termination. I intend to appeal the university’s decision so that I can continue to represent Winston-Salem State University as its head football coach.”