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Long-time college coach Stan Eggen begins his fifth season as part of the Louisiana Tech staff and his second as coach of the defensive line.
In addition to 28 years of college coaching experience, Eggen has a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country, a reputation that has earned him the recruiting coordinator title beginning in the spring of 2010.
During the 2011 WAC championship season it was Eggen's suffocating defensive line that led the charge, registering 29 of the team's 32 sacks and held 12 of Tech's 13 opponents to fewer rushing yards against the Bulldogs than they averaged for the season.
Eggen's first year guiding the defensive line witnessed Matt Broha record a tackle for a loss in 11 of the team's 12 games in 2010 and vaulted the junior to third in the school's all-time sacks record with a year still to play.
During Eggen's second season with LA Tech and as coach of the linebackers, he oversaw a unit that ranked 40th in the nation in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense. Linebacker Adrien Cole garnered first team all-WAC honors as he led LA Tech with 93 total tackles, a mark that ranked him 50th in the nation.
In his first season with the Bulldogs, Eggen helped coach a defensive unit that ranked 13th nationally against the run, allowing only 103.9 yards per game, the fewest by a Tech team since the program joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1989. Tech also allowed only 23.7 points per game, the best by a Bulldog team since 1992. The Bulldogs also posted a 21-0 shutout over San Jose State during the season, the first shutout by a LA Tech team since 1996 (a span of 148 games). It was also the first road shutout since 1988 (a span of 225 games).
The Bulldogs success defensively led the program to the 2008 Independence Bowl title as LA Tech defeated Northern Illinois 17-10, the first bowl victory in more than three decades.
Not only did Eggen's linebackers succeed on the field in 2008, but off the field as well as Quin Harris was named one of 15 National Scholar-Athletes, the first in Louisiana Tech history. Harris was also named a Draddy Award finalist and one of 13 Wuerffel Award finalists.
Prior to coming to Ruston, Eggen served as the defensive line coach at Texas A&M under coach Dennis Franchione from 2003-2007. During his time with the Aggies, Texas A&M participated in three bowl games, including the 2005 Cotton Bowl, the 2006 Holiday Bowl and the 2007 Alamo Bowl.
Eggen has been named as one of the Top 20 recruiters in the country multiple times by Rivals.com and was named as one of the Top 10 recruiters in the country by Scout.com. Prior to his stint at Texas A&M, Eggen served as the defensive line coach at Alabama under Franchione in both 2001 and 2002. The 2001 Crimson Tide squad participated in the Independence Bowl.
He also served under Franchione at TCU (1998-00) and New Mexico (1997) where he worked as the defensive line coach. He helped lead the Horned Frogs to three straight bowl appearances, including the 1998 Sun Bowl and the 1999 and 2000 Mobile Bowl. Eggen was an integral part of helping lead a TCU defense in 2000 that ranked first in scoring defense and first in total defense in the country.
Eggen and the Lobos participated in the 1997 Insight.com Bowl.
He had two stints at UNLV (1991-92, 1994-96) sandwiched around one year at Nevada in 1993. He was the defensive coordinator at UNLV from 1994 through 1996, gaining valuable experience and helping the Rebels to the 1994 Las Vegas Bowl.
Prior to that, he coached at Utah State (1986-90), Drake (1984-85), Memphis (1982-83), Southeast Missouri State (1981) and North Dakota (1979-80). While at Utah State, three of his players that he recruited or coached earned Big West Defensive Player of the Year honors.
His postseason resume speaks for itself. He has been a part of nine bowl games. Two of his defensive linemen from the 2007 A&M squad - Red Bryant and Chris Harrington - were selected in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Over his last three coaching stops, Eggen has coached more than a dozen defensive lineman who were selected in the NFL Draft and more than a total of 20 who signed NFL contracts. He has mentored the likes of the Tennessee Titans' Antwan Odom, Green Bay Packers' Johnny Jolly and Buffalo Bills' Aaron Schobel.
Eggen, a native of Dilworth, Minn., earned his bachelor's degree in education from Moorhead State (Minn.) in 1977 and his master's degree in education from North Dakota in 1981. He and his wife, Christina, have three daughters, Sloane, Paige and Shelby. Paige and Shelby are Louisiana Tech students while Sloane is a 2011 graduate of Louisiana Tech.
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