HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Alabama A&M University and Director Bryan Hicks has announced the hiring of James Spady as its next fottball head coach.

Spady joins AAMU after spending the last three seasons as the tight ends coach at Nevada. He joined the Nevada staff in 2010.

"I am excited that Coach Spady has accepted our offer to join the Bulldog Family," Hicks said in a release. "He represents another giant step on our journey toward excellence in athletics. Many thanks to President (Andrew) Hugine, Dr. Kevin Rolle and the Board of Trustees for their continued support."

Spady will be introduced at a press conference at Alabama A&M on Friday.

"Congratulations to James Spady and his family on this wonderful opportunity to lead the Alabama A&M football program," Nevada football head coach Brian Polian said. "James is a terrific football mind, teacher, and an exceptional recruiter who will no doubt raise the standard of Bulldog football. I know that he will have a positive effect on every student-athlete he encounters and in the community as well."

Spady was a four-year starter at UTEP on the offensive line and played three years in the Arena Football League.

He spent 11 seasons as an assistant at his alma mater and had two NFL Minority Interships, with Dallas and Green Bay.

After leaving the UTEP staff, he was an offensive line coach at South Carolina State (2004-05), then North Carolina Central in 2006 before becoming offensive coordinator at Grambling State for three years.