Wide receivers coach Conroy Hines is the resident expert on Louisiana Tech football as he enters his 16th season as a full-time assistant coach for the Bulldogs, his third consecutive working with the Bulldog wideouts.
After serving as a graduate assistant for Tech in 1992 and 1993, Hines coached the Bulldog tight ends from 1994 through 1998, the wide receivers in 1999 and 2000 and the quarterbacks from 2001 through 2006. He also served as offensive coordinator from 2001-06.
This past season, Hines' wide receiver corps was one of the youngest in the country with only one upper classman that saw significant playing time while sophomore Phillip Livas and true freshmen Houston Tuminello and R.P. Stuart saw the bulk of the snaps.
And while the Louisiana Tech offense was centered around the production of its ground game, the Bulldog wide outs came up with some big time plays as the program captured the 2008 Independence Bowl title with a 17-10 victory over Northern Illinois -- the first bowl victory in more than three decades.
Livas led all Tech receivers with 43 catches for 607 yards and two touchdowns with none being bigger than his 68-yard scoring catch with just over three minutes remaining that gave the Bulldogs a 38-35 come-from-behind road victory over New Mexico State on Nov. 22 in Las Cruces. The win made the Bulldogs bowl eligible and propelled the program into the post-season for the first time since 2001.
Livas, who was named first team all-WAC and first team all-state, also rushed for over 300 yards and two scores while also earning a reputation as one of the top kickoff and punt returners in the entire nation. His return game was highlighted by a 97-yard kickoff return for a score in the Independence Bowl victory.
During his LA Tech career, Hines has worked closely with a number of former Bulldogs who are currently in the pros, including most recently with Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Luke McCown.
During Moats' two years as the starting running back for the Bulldogs in 2003 and 2004, the current Houston Texan shattered Louisiana Tech's single season rushing records. After an impressive 1,300 yard performance as a sophomore, Moats exploded for 1,774 yards and 18 touchdowns (both Tech single season records) in 2004 before forgoing his senior season for the NFL Draft.
McCown also posted eye-popping offensive numbers under Hines' tutelage as the current Tampa Bay Buccaneer passed for 12,666 yards and 87 touchdowns as a four-year starter, ending his collegiate career ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I history in passing yards, total offense and passing touchdowns.
During his first year of coaching the Bulldog wide receivers in 1999, Hines' receiving corps of James Jordan, John Simon, Delwyn Daigre and Sean Cangelosi became the first foursome to register 60 or more receptions each in the same season.
After a stellar prep career at Neville High School in Monroe, Hines signed with Louisiana Tech and lettered for the Bulldogs from 1986 through 1988. He had the challenge of being the starting quarterback his senior season in 1988, when the Bulldogs played a Division I schedule in their final year as a I-AA team.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech in business management in 1989, and two master's degrees from Tech in business in 1991 and in education in 1993.
Hines is married to the former Krista Hanna of Dubach, La., who is a math instructor at Louisiana Tech. The couple has two daughters, Loran and Hanna, and one son, Jack.
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