Bill Best is in his fourth season as part of the SFA staff, handling responsibility for the Lumberjacks’ offensive line while serving as the run game coordinator.
Under Best's guidance, SFA's offense averaged 438.1 yards per game in 2016, including 145.6 rushing yards per game. One of the areas hardest hit by injuries during the 2016 campaign, a number of linemen emerged at a number of positions, led by junior Josh Keith being named a second team All-SLC selection following the 2016 season.
In charge of one of the most experienced offensive lines in the nation in 2015, Best’s contingent came up big in crucial situations for the Lumberjacks. Senior Byron Williams ended the season as a second team All-Southland Conference selection following his preseason third team All-America honors by STATS FCS.
Following the season, a pair of Best’s linemen signed contracts with NFL franchises as Terran Vaughn signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Oakland Raiders while Williams received a rookie camp invitation from the Raiders. It brings Best’s total to 11 former players who have gone on to earn professional contracts following their collegiate days.
SFA’s offensive line proved to be a critical component for the Lumberjacks’ five-win improvement in 2014. Behind the veteran line, running back Gus Johnson rushed for 1,683 yards and 23 touchdowns, setting an SFA and Southland Conference single-season record, while quarterback Zach Conque earned the SLC’s Newcomer of the Year, led by junior Byron Williams earning first team All-SLC honors.
Best joins coach Conque in Nacogdoches after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive line coach for Central Arkansas and will serve as the `Jacks run game coordinator. Previously, Best spent seven seasons at West Texas A&M, beginning his career with the Buffs in 2006 as a graduate assistant before being elevated to associate head coach and offensive line coach in 2007.
He also spent one season as West Texas’ offensive coordinator (2012). Best spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Ranger College (2004-05) after beginning his coaching career spending four years working among the Louisiana high school ranks.
Best was an offensive lineman and long snapper at Millsaps College and Louisiana-Monroe, earning his degree from ULM in 2001 before attaining his masters from West Texas A&M in 2007.
Best and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of twins Hannah and Brady.
The Best File
Hometown: Rayville, La.
High School: Rayville
Colleges: Louisiana-Monroe (2001); West Texas A&M (2007)
Playing Experience: Offensive line starter and long snapper at Millsaps College and Louisiana-Monroe
Family: Jennifer (wife); twins Hannah and Brady
2014-Present: Stephen F. Austin • Run Game Coordinator (Offensive Line)
2012-13: Central Arkansas • Offensive line
2006-11: West Texas A&M • Associate head coach/offensive coordinator
2004-05: Ranger College • Offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator
2002-03: Farmerville (La.) High School • Offensive coordinator
2001: Delhi (La.) High School • Offensive line