Waverly  Tillar
Waverly Tillar
Richmond, Va

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Virginia Union University, 1975

Waverly Tillar will be entering his thirteenth season as the Head Football Coach at Elizabeth City State University. Tillar has directed the Vikings to a 58-40 record since 2006.

After finishing 2-8 in 2005, the Vikings posted one of the biggest turnarounds in all of NCAA Division II in 2006. Tillar was named the 2006 CIAA Coach of the Year after guiding the ECSU football team to their most successful season in school history. The Vikings posted the best record in school history (9-3), claimed the CIAA Eastern Division Championship, made their first post season appearance since 1981 and hosted ECSU's first playoff game at Roebuck Stadium. The Vikings' motto that season, "Working Hard for the Big Turnaround" came to fruition as ECSU posted four shutouts in route to a perfect CIAA record and a berth in the 2006 CIAA Football Championship. Tillar was also honored by the 100% Wrong Club of Atlanta Georgia as 2006 and 2008 Coach of the Year. In 2011 Tillar received the Johnnie Cochran "Salute to Excellent Award".

A coach for over 30 years, Tillar's hard work, determination and commitment are key ingredients to getting the players to perform at their very best. Since he took over the program in 2003, the Vikings have been the upstart program in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In his first season he guided ECSU to its first ever victory at the annual Down East Viking Football Classic.

A two-time CIAA Coach of the Year (2006, 2008) Tillar has guided his team to four Division and CIAA Championship games (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012) and NCAA Playoff Berths in 2006 and 2011. In 2007 the Vikings played in the 37th Annual Whitney Young Classic at Giant Stadium vs North Carolina Central University in a rematch of the classic 2006 CIAA Championship game. He coached the Vikings to two Pioneer Bowls (2009, 2012) with ECSU winning its first ever post season game at Pioneer Bowl XIV, a 28-13 victory over Tuskegee University.

Tillar has coached several All-Americans including Howard Williams (2004), Maceo Thomas (2006), Ronnie McClary (2006, 2007), Curtis Rich (2008), Rod Jones (2008), Malcolm Jenkins (2010), Daronte Mcneill (2011, 2012), and Brad Davis (2012). He also coached CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year Kevin Dodson (2006), Offensive Players of the Year in Rich (2008) and McNeill (2010) as well as CIAA Defensive Player of the Year Malcolm Jenkins (2009). Jenkins was also one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Award which is given to the top lineman in NCAA Division II.

Prior to taking over as head coach, Tillar served as the defensive coordinator for the Vikings. The "Doghouse Defense" finished 2002 ranked 5th in the nation in total defense, 14th in rushing defense and 24th in pass defense efficiency. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Tillar is a 1975 graduate of Virginia Union University. Playing linebacker for the Panthers, he helped anchor a defense that produced six shutouts in route to Virginia Union's first football championship in 50 years. Tillar coached two years at the high school level at both Clifton Forge and Patrick Henry in Ashland, Virginia. He also coached the linebackers and defensive backs at his alma mater for 13 years and Virginia State University for 5 years. Throughout his tenure he has helped construct some of the top ranked defenses in the country. Tillar obtained his B.A. in Sociology from Virginia Union and his M.A. in Urban Affairs from Norfolk State University.

Highly respected by his peers, Tillar is a member of the American Football Coaching Association (AFCA), serving as a Mentor in the AFCA Future Coaches Academy, CIAA Football Coaches Association (Past President), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In September of 2013 he finished a four year term as one of three coaches on the eight persons NCAA Division II Football Committee.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Tillar is active within the Elizabeth City Community and is involved with several activities, including the ECSU Passing Camp, Football Coaches Clinic, and a "Little Vikings" Football Camp. He is also instrumental in setting up on-going youth mentoring programs.

Tillar and his wife, Rose, have three sons, Shawn, Duane and Justin, and one daughter Amy.