K. C. Keeler, who was the head coach at Delaware for 11 seasons, was introduced as Sam Houston State's head football coach at a news conference on Friday.

Keeler was a four-sport letterman at Emmaus, Pa., High School before his graduation in 1977. He earned all-league honors in football at Emmaus and was team captain as a tight end and linebacker.

Keeler was also a standout player at Delaware.

As a head coach, Keeler's teams at Rowan University and Delaware made 13 NCAA tournament appearances and eight trips to national championship games.

However, he was fired as Delaware's coach following the 2012 season, when the Blue Hens finished 5-6.

Now he takes over one of the most powerful FCS programs in the country.

"We're here to win a national championship," Keeler said at his news conference. "I've played for 10 national championships, two as a player and eight as a coach. It's a challenge. But it's something our players need to know about me. We're here to be the best."

Keeler replaces Willie Fritz, who left Sam Houston State after four seasons to be the head coach Georgia Southern. Fritz led the Bearkats to the FCS title game in 2011 and 2012, but they lost to North Dakota State both times.

Sam Houston State finished 9-5 this past season.

Keeler's 2003 Delaware squad won the FCS national championship, and the Blue Hens reached the FCS Championship Game in 2007 and 2010.

"We're going to have a mission statement and each player will have a copy of that statement," Keeler said. "We're going to relentlessly pursue excellence. And we will measure that excellence in three ways. First, academic excellence. Second, social responsibility. And, third, win national championships."

"One of the things that jumps out at you first is Coach Keeler's record at the FCS level," Sam Houston State athletics director Bobby Williams said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "Not only has he won one national championship, but he has returned to the championship game two other times. He has a track record for building a program and then continuing that success."