Monday, October 29, 2007

LSC Coaches - Did you know?

So many times LSC Coaches are only seen in the little bubble they currently reside. We don't realize how long it's taken them to get where they are, what they went through, and the accomplishments they may have achieved before getting where they are today.

The following info is simply interesting information that can be found on each team's respective website. Some of it is fairly interesting


Bo Atterberry – TAMK

- Came to Kingsville after spending 3 years at SOSU as their Defensive Coordinator. Was hired by Keith Baxter at SOSU, and again at TAMK.

- Bo's father, Duke, was long-time head high school football coach in Oklahoma, served as tight ends coach at the University of North Texas and is now an assistant coach at Tyler John Tyler High School.

- In his first year as defensive coordinator in 2004, Southeastern led the Lone Star Conference and ranked 16th in the nation in total defense.

- During Atterberry's three years as defensive coordinator, the Savage Storm won or shared the Lone Star Conference North Division title three times. The Savage Storm posted a 13-2 league record during those three seasons.

Dale Carr – ASU

- Spent 9 years as the Head Coach at Tyler Junior College. During that time, TJC was 66-31 and appeared in 5 Bowl Games.

- Was a Grad Assistant at Stephen F Austin in 1989, when they appeared in the DIAA National Championship

- This isn’t his first time as a Ram. Carr played football as a Ram at Colorado State. During his time there, Carr was named 1st Team all WAC as a Linebacker, and was once named the Sports Illustrated National Defensive Player of the Week after a game against rival Colorado.

- Was a star player for Odessa Permian during their State Championship in 1980. Was All-State choice at Permian in 1981, and was chosen to play in the Texas High School All-Star game in 1982.

Don Carthel – WTAM

- Also coached at ENMU, UTEP, and University of Dubuque

- Graduate of ENMU, and played the odd combo of Center/Kicker for the Greyhounds

- Also threw discus for ENMU's 1974 national championship winning squad.

- At the age of 28, Carthel became the youngest head coach in the country when he took over the position at Lubbock Christian College

- Head Coach and General Manager of the Amarillo Dusters of the Arena League 2

- Is a member of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame

- During brief retirement from coaching, was a volunteer assistant coach at ACU

Scotty Conley – TAMC

- Earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Texas A&M-Commerce in the 70’s (then ETSU)

- Won the JUCO National Championship in 1997 while Head Coach at Trinity Valley going 12-0

- In 1997 was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year and American Football Quarterly Junior College Coach of the Year

- Has stops as an assistant at the following DI schools: Navy, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Rice, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas

- Coached 6 D1 Bowl Games including the Independence Bowl, Sun Bowl and Cotton Bowl

- Played football as a Freshman at Texas A&M

Ryan Held – SWOSU

- Prior to SWOSU, spent 3 years as Head Coach at Panhandle State

- Was a Head Coach at the age of 25 at Peru State

- Played at the University of Nebraska under Tom Osbourne from 1993-96. He stayed on as an Administrative Assistant after graduating.

- Held either played for or was part of three NCAA National Championship squads while at Nebraska (1994, 1995, 1997) .

- Was a Grad Assistant at Tennessee under Phil Fulmer in 1998. He worked two years with the Volunteers and was a part of the 1998 BCS National Champion team, his fourth such as a player or coach.

John Horner - NSU

- Before becoming Head Coach at NSU, he spent the prior 15 years as Defensive Coordinator there.

- His 1999 defense was ranked No. 1 in total defense and pass defense efficiency. In 2000 the Redmen were No. 3 in total defense and No. 1 in pass defense efficiency. When NSU won the 1994 NAIA national championship, Horner’s squad led the nation in rushing defense.

- Graduated from Arkansas in 1985

- Served as a Grad Assistant at Arkansas

- Also played at Arkansas, when they made it to the Gator, Bluebonnet and Liberty Bowls.

Chuck Langston - UCO

- Took over as Head Coach of UCO at the age of 30

- Spent 3 years as a Head Coach at Trinity Valley Community College.

- Coached under Texas A&M-Commerce Head Coach Scotty Conley while at TVCC

- Was a 3 year mainstay at Center for the Oklahoma Sooners.

- Was an Assistant Coach at Oklahoma for 3 years

- Played high school football at Westbrook High School in Beaumont

Bill Maskill – MSU

- This is Maskill’s 37th year in coaching

- Once had assistants by the names of Jon Gruden and Marty Mornhinweg.

- His father, Bill Sr., is considered one of the greatest high school football coaches in Michigan history. He amassed 274 wins, 18 league championships and four state titles, on his way to being inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches’ Hall of Fame.

- Played QB at Western Kentucky

- Had stops as an assistant at the following DI schools: Vanderbilt (twice), SMU, Wake Forest, Oregon, Tulane, Louisville, Arizona State, Bowling Green and Iowa.

Sam McElroy – Tarleton State

- Came to Tarleton after spending 2 seasons as an assistant at UNT.

- Coached in 2 consecutive New Orleans Bowls while at UNT

- Prior to his 2 years at UNT, McElroy was the Defensive Coordinator at Tarleton State.

- Also had coaching stints at Sam Houston, Navarro Junior College, Baylor, Texas State

- Won an LSC Championship while a Grad Assistant at Texas State (Then Southwest Texas) in 1983

- Graduate of Texas State

Kurt Nichols - ECU

- Came to ECU after serving at Cisco Junior College as Athletic Director and Football Coach.

- Also served as Head Coach at Ranger College, and was also the Track Coach.

- Was an assistant at: Tarleton, Arkansas State, Jacksonville State, Southwest Baptist, and Navarro Junior College.

- Played Center at University of Tulsa, where he started for 2 years. He was an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 1980 and was an all-conference and a United Press International (UPI) Third Team All-American in 1981 as well as being an Associated Press (AP) honorable mention All-American that same year.

- Earned Bachelor’s Degree from Jacksonville State and Bachelor’s from Southwest Baptist

Mark Ribaudo - ENMU

- Prior to taking over as Head Coach, was an Assistant at ENMU for 8 years, including 6 as Defensive Coordinator.

- Was an Assistant coach at West Texas A&M before coming to ENMU, and a Defensive Coordinator there in 1995 and 1996

- In college, Ribaudo played cornerback and running back at Hastings College (Neb.).

- Received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1988, and his Master’s Degree from LSC South foe Midwestern State.

- In 1991 and 1992, he was a graduate assistant at Midwestern State. MSU won the TIAA title and earned a #10 ranking in the NAIA Poll during his second year.

Ray Richards - SOSU

- Also a Head Coach at Southwest Baptist University

- Served as Defensive Coordinator at SOSU from 1989-98

- Played 2 years at Strong Safety for Adams State and Outside Linebacker at Northern Michigan

- Received Bachelor’s from Northern Michigan, and Master’s from Lousiana-Monroe, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant

- Was a Grad Assistant at Texas Tech in 1988

Chris Thomsen – ACU

- Came to ACU as an assistant from Central Arkansas

- Was a second team all-America selection at tight end for ACU in 1993 and was named to the school's all-decade team for the 1990s.

- Earned Bachelor’s from TCU, and Master’s from ACU

- Played football three seasons (1988-90) and baseball one season (all-America and all-Southwest Conference with 21 home runs and a .373 batting average) at TCU before playing minor league baseball for two seasons for the Oakland Athletics.

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