Jan. 8, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin head football coach Clint Conque has begun the process of establishing his staff as the ‘Jacks begin preparations for the 2014 season. Eight coaches currently comprise the SFA staff, bringing with them extensive knowledge of both the Southland Conference and the Texas high school scene.
“I am very excited about this new staff and one that will help build this new,” Conque said. “Stephen F. Austin is a very attractive position and is a well-respected coaching opportunity throughout the country that has received a lot of interest. What you see here is a veteran coaching staff of men that are teachers and have a lot of experience. There is also some strong Texas identity, which is important to me and will continue to be important as we complete this staff.”
Four coaches will re-join Conque on the sidelines at Homer Bryce Stadium after working with him during his time at Central Arkansas. Matt Kubik takes on the responsibilities of the offensive coordinator while Matt Williamson will serve as the ‘Jacks defensive coordinator. Bill Best and Jeremy Hammock will also make the move from Conway to Nacogdoches.
Additionally, Conque has added Adam Federle as SFA’s recruiting coordinator, joining the staff after spending the last year at Kentucky. Terry Mills (Oak Ridge High School) and Mike Walton (Angelo State) round out the newcomers to the staff as Conque has also retained Jeremy Moses from the previous staff.
“There is some very familiar flavor with the coaches that came with me from my previous school, and I’m very pleased that we’ve added additional pieces as we complete the makeup of this coaching staff,” Conque said. “I’m also very excited that we were able to retain Jeremy Moses. He was obviously a tremendous player here at SFA and is a great young coach that has been invaluable during his transition period.”
Conque and his staff have already hit the ground running, scouring through film of potential recruits and are already on the recruiting trail, giving the staff a month to contact potential future Lumberjacks leading up to National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 5th.
Matt Kubik • Offensive Coordinator
Matt Kubik comes to Nacogdoches after spending the past three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Central Arkansas, working along side coach Conque. Kubik went to UCA after spending four seasons at Southland rival Northwestern State, serving as both the wide receivers and running backs coach for the Demons.
Kubik began his coaching career at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La. in 2006, working with the wide receivers. Kubik was a two-year starter at quarterback at Louisiana Tech, throwing for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career and was named the team’s offensive MVP as a senior, earning his degree in finance in 2004. He has also been a member of the Manning Passing Academy, the annual quarterback camp hosted by the Manning family.
Matt Williamson • Defensive Coordinator
Matt Williamson has worked side-by-side with coach Conque for the past seven years, serving as Central Arkansas’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach since the 2007 season. Under Williamson, UCA led the Southland in scoring defense three-straight seasons, leading the league in total defense in 2009. Prior to his time in Conway, Williamson spent seven seasons on the staff at Missouri Western State, serving as the Griffons’ defensive line coach during that span as well as taking on the role of defensive coordinator in 2005.
Williamson spent two seasons at Arkansas-Monticello (1999-2000) as a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator after spending three seasons at Missouri Western as a graduate assistant from 1997-99. A three-time All-MIAA selection at noseguard at Missouri Western, Williamson was a second team All-American in 1996, leading the Griffons with 82 tackles before earning his degree in 1997.
Adam Federle • Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Adam Federle joins the Lumberjack football staff from Lexington, Kentucky where he spent the last season working with Kentucky’s special teams and defensive units. Federle spent a season with both Northwestern State (2012) and West Alabama (2011) previously, working with the defensive units at both institutions.
Federle worked two separate stints at Arkansas State, the first as a graduate assistant (2006-08) and then as a defensive line coach in 2010. Between those two stints, Federle worked with coach Conque at Central Arkansas in 2009 as the tackles coach and recruiting coordinator. The Allen native was a three-year starter at linebacker at Ouachita Baptist, attaining his degree in political science in 2006 before earning his master’s degree in public administration from Arkansas State in 2008.
Bill Best • Assistant Coach
Bill Best joins coach Conque in Nacogdoches after spending the past 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 two seasons as West Texas’ offensive coordinator (2011-12).
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.
Jeremy Hammock • Assistant Coach
Jeremy Hammock comes to Nacogdoches with coach Conque from Central Arkansas where he spent the past three seasons as the Bears’ running backs coach. Before joining the UCA staff, Hammock spent two seasons at Louisiana-Monroe, his alma mater, working as a graduate assistant from 2009-10 in charge of the Warhawks offensive line.
Hammock spent two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College, serving as the director of football operations while coaching both the wide receivers and tight ends. A four-year letterwinner at Louisiana-Monroe, Hammock was a two-year starter at tight end and helped lead the Warhawks to the Sun Belt championship in 2005. He earned his degree in general studies from ULM in 2006.
Terry Mills • Assistant Coach
Terry Mills joins the Lumberjack staff, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of the Texas High School system. Mills most recently spent two years at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, serving as defensive coordinator, following a two-year stint at Wylie High School coaching the Pirates’ secondary.
Mills spent three seasons at Northwestern State, working with the defensive backs, after a pair of high school positions at Carrollton Newman-Smith (2004-06) and Gainesville (2001-03). He began his coaching career at Texas A&M-Commerce, serving as a graduate assistant from 1998-99. The Tyler native spent three seasons as a safety at Northwestern State before closing out his collegiate career at A&M-Commerce, earning his degree in criminal justice in 1998.
Mike Walton • Assistant Coach
Mike Walton comes to Nacogdoches after spending three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Angelo State, helping establish the Rams as one of the Lone Star Conference’s top defensive units. Prior to his time in San Angelo, Walton also spent time coaching at the New Mexico Military Institute and Eastern New Mexico as well as three seasons at rival Sam Houston State.
Walton was the co-defensive coordinator with NMMI after serving as the special teams and recruiting coordinator for the Bearkats. He earned his first defensive coordinator job with Eastern New Mexico in 2006 after filling a number of positions for the Greyhounds. A four-year starter at Eastern New Mexico, Walton was a two-time All-American at linebacker, holding the program’s single season (155) and career (515) tackle record. He earned his degree in special education in 2000 before attaining his master’s degree in sport administration in 2002.
Conque also retained Jeremy Moses who has spent the past two seasons as a member of the Lumberjack football staff. The 2010 Walter Payton Award winner from Baytown has worked with the SFA receivers while also helping mentor former quarterback Brady Attaway, who finished his collegiate career second all-time in program history in passing yards, sitting behind only Moses among the Lumberjack record book.
Conque’s staff is nearing completion as he looks to finalize two more full-time assistant positions in the coming week. The new staff will get their first chance to officially meet the SFA team this weekend when the players report back to campus Sunday evening.
“It’s a new era, and certainly I think when our players report back this weekend they will be excited about the pedigree and the experience this new staff offers to them as we begin this new era of Lumberjack football.”