Jabbar Juluke
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Jabbar Juluke completed his third season as the running backs coach at Louisiana Tech in 2015 following head coach Skip Holtz’s announcement of his addition to the staff on Dec. 24, 2012.

The highlight of Juluke’s tenure at Louisiana Tech was coaching running back Kenneth Dixon, a four-year letterman that finished his collegiate career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdowns (87), points scored (522) and games played in which he scored a touchdown (38). In his senior campaign in 2015, Dixon led the nation in scoring (14.2 points per game) and was second behind Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry (Alabama) in touchdowns scored (26).

Overall Juluke’s stable of running backs contributed to 2,075 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns on the year, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 159.6 rushing yards per game. That helped lead Louisiana Tech to rank 19th in scoring offense (37.5 points per game) and 21st in total offense (482.8 yards per game) as the Bulldogs won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. Under his guidance, the 2015 squad ranked fifth in school history in rushing toucuhdowns (27).

In 2014, the Bulldogs’ running back corp totaled more than 2,000 rushing yards as Juluke helped guide Louisiana Tech to a 35-18 victory over Illinois in the Zaxby’s Heart of the Dallas Bowl. The Bulldogs also captured the 2014 Conference USA West Division title following a 9-5 season in Ruston.

Juluke helped lead Kenneth Dixon to his second 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2014 as the junior racked up 1,299 yards on the ground, while ranking sixth in the nation with 22 rushing touchdowns. With the help of Juluke, Dixon became the all-time leader at Louisiana Tech with 53 rushing touchdowns and 3,410 career rushing yards over the course of the 2014 campaign.

LA Tech’s running game helped LA Tech to a No. 13 ranking nationally in scoring offense during the 2014 season, while the Bulldogs were also ranked in the Top 25 in the country in fourth down conversion percentage (15th) and red zone offense (22nd) thanks to Juluke’s guidance.

In his first season with the Bulldogs, Juluke helped guide Kenneth Dixon to 917 rushing yards over 10 games played and over 1,900 yards among Tech’s tailbacks as a whole.

Juluke came to Louisiana Tech after serving as head coach at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans the last nine years. While at Edna Karr, he compiled an 80-39 record (.672 winning percentage) capped off with a 14-0 mark and a Louisiana state championship in 2012. Over the past four years, Juluke has guided Edna Karr HS to a 49-8 mark (.860 winning percentage).

“Jabbar has been a very successful high school coach in New Orleans, having played in the last three state championships,” Holtz said. “The thing that excited me the most about Jabbar when I had the opportunity to sit and talk to him was not just his X’s and O’s and his knowledge of the game but the way he relates to people. Growing up in the inner city of New Orleans and now building Edna Karr High School to what he has built it to, I think he is a tremendous addition and he gives us a great Louisiana flavor on this staff.”

Juluke has guided Edna Karr to three consecutive state championship appearances along with winning seven of the past nine district championships with the other two years finishing as the district runner-up. Over his tenure, Edna Karr has signed over 70 players to collegiate football scholarships.

“Growing up in New Orleans, he has been around high school football in New Orleans for a long time. He brings a vast knowledge of the area but also brings a relationship with the high school coaches in the New Orleans area,” Holtz continued. “Being the largest city in the state of Louisiana, that is definitely a place where we need to have a footprint for Louisiana Tech.”

Prior to serving as head coach at Edna Karr, Juluke was the defensive coordinator for four years at Frederick Douglas High School in New Orleans and was a wide receivers coach at Brother Martin for one year before that. He got his start in coaching as a defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at O.P. Walker High School in New Orleans where he spent one year before moving over to St. Augustine High School where he was a linebackers coach for two years.

“I am extremely excited to join the Louisiana Tech staff,” Juluke said. “Coach Holtz is a very enthusiastic individual and I am looking forward to helping out the program as best I can. I am very humbled to have the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level as it has been a goal of mine for some time. I am very appreciative of the opportunity and I look forward to working very hard for the University to continue the success for this football program.”

A native of south Louisiana, Juluke helped lead Southern to a Black National Championship in 1993 as a senior safety on the Jaguars and lettered in both football and basketball. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Southern in 1999.

Juluke is married to the former Denise Smith. The couple has two children - Jahmad Juluke and Jamari Juluke while Denise has another son, Dyruius, whom Juluke is a stepfather to.


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