JERSEY CITY, N.J. | Reverend Arnold F. Jeter, the ninth and final head football coach in New Jersey City University (NJCU) history, passed away on January 1, 2022. He was 82 years old. Rev. Jeter spent 48 years in college athletics, including the final 17 at NJCU, before retiring on July 1, 2012.
Jeter came to Jersey City in 1995 as associate head coach and defensive coordinator, until his promotion to head coach in January, 2001. He served as NJCU's ninth and final head football coach from 2001-02 and after the program was discontinued in March 2003, moved into a role coordinating athletic academic advisement/retention until his retirement in 2012. He was the school’s first-ever Coordinator of Athletic Academic Advisement and Retention and CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator and in 2011, he helped launch NJCU's Athletic Academic Retention Program (AARP) — the precursor to today’s Rising Knight Institute.
Jeter's career in college athletics officially spanned six decades including 39 years as a football coach from coast to coast at the Division I and III levels, with stops at the University of Iowa (1966-67), Delaware State University (1967-74), Marshall University (1975-77), University of Wisconsin (1977-86), University of Arizona (1987-90) and Rutgers University (1990-93).
Upon his retirement, Jeter noted “After we dropped football, I felt then that perhaps it was time to retire, but I didn't and I'm glad I didn't. I got to be involved in a different area other than coaching. It was a good experience working with the students in retention and going out to fellowship conferences with them in Pittsburgh and Disney and also counseling students.”
When asked what he will miss the most, Jeter didn't hesitate: “The students, no doubt about it.”
Legendary NJCU men’s basketball coach Charlie Brown, for whom center court at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center is named, a friend and former co-worker of Jeter said “Coach Jeter was a good coach who wanted to develop his student-athletes into good players but more importantly good men. l enjoyed the friendship we established while working at NJCU. Arnold was a man of God and loving husband and family man. Arnold will be missed by all.”
Services for Reverend Jeter will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank, N.J. 07701, with a viewing at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.
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