Harper Realigns Coaching Staff
Feb. 4, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Lance Guidry has been hired as an assistant announced Stephen F. Austin head football coach J.C. Harper Monday afternoon. Guidry will work the Lumberjacks secondary. In addition to the hiring of Guidry, Harper has named offensive line coach Chris Truax as the new offensive coordinator.
In addition to the promotion of Truax, assistant head coach Arlington Nunn will move over to the offensive side of the ball to coach the Lumberjack running backs, while Jeremy Moses will work with the quarterbacks and Devin Ducote will join Guidry working with the SFA defensive backs.
"I'm excited about Chris taking over as offensive coordinator," announced Harper. "He has been with our program for eight years, and he has a great knowledge of our offense. He is well respected among our players, and I think he is going to do a great job.
"I'm also happy to announce the hiring of Lance Guidry. Lance and I worked together on staff at McNeese State, and he is one of the best coaches I've ever had the honor of working with. He is a great teacher, but the one thing I've always noticed his how hard is kids play for him. He brings of lot of experience as an NCAA Division I coordinator with him, and I feel our guys will learn a lot from him," added Harper.
Guidry comes to the Piney Woods from Bowling Green, Ky., where he spent the past season as the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky. Guidry also served as the interim head coach for the Hilltoppers during the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl. Guidry was key in helping WKU change its fortunes from a team that was winless just three seasons earlier.
Prior to his stop in Bowling Green, Guidry spent two seasons charting a similar course at Miami (Ohio). Working with the Red Hawk defensive backs, Guidry helped coach one of the nation's largest turnarounds during his second season in Oxford. The Red Hawks rallied from a 1-11 (.083) 2009 campaign, to go 10-4 (.714) and earn a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl the following season.
Guidry also served as the Red Hawks interim head coach during the team's bowl game preparation. Guidry rallied the troops for a 35-21 victory over Middle Tennessee State in the bowl game to complete the turnaround.
No stranger to the Southland Conference, Guidry has served three stints at McNeese State, most recently as defensive backs coach in 2008. Guidry has also spent six seasons in the high school ranks, including two as head coach at Carencro High School.