NATCHITOCHES — The new Northwestern State football defensive coaching staff includes three coaches who have been collegiate defensive coordinators and quality recruiters, first-year head coach Jay Thomas said Thursday.
Joining previously-announced defensive coordinator and associate head coach Chris Boone, who will coach the safeties, are linebackers coach Shep Campbell, cornerbacks coach De’Von Lockett and defensive line coach Jake Landoll. Thomas will also work with the defensive tackles.
Campbell will also serve as special teams coordinator. He was defensive coordinator at Ouachita Baptist for the last two seasons. Thomas was defensive coordinator at Nicholls State before he became head coach there for six seasons. Boone was defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State for the past two seasons following five years in the same post at Tennessee-Martin.
Lockett, a former standout receiver for the Demons from 1999-2002, was retained after working for two years on the previous coaching staff. Landoll was a graduate assistant coach at Northwestern State in 2011, working under Thomas, who was the Demons’ defensive line coach and assistant head coach in 2010-11.
The appointments are subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System.
MOORE NAMED OFFENSIVE LINE COACH: In Ruston, Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz announced Thursday that Matt Moore has joined the staff as the offensive line coach.
Moore comes to Louisiana Tech after spending a year at Middle Tennessee State, where the Blue Raiders went 8-4 and upset Georgia Tech.
Moore joined the Blue Raider staff after serving the previous five seasons as offensive line coach at Texas Tech.
PRICE TO COACH INSIDE RECEIVERS: In Monroe, after serving as a graduate assistant last season, Mario Price has been promoted to inside wide receivers coach, ULM coach Todd Berry announced.
The contract is pending approval by the University of Louisiana system’s Board of Supervisors.
Price worked under wide receivers coach Jason Nichols last season as the Warhawks reached their first bowl game since joining the FBS ranks in 1994.