Bulldog rookies contribute during 2017 season
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas
"I am very excited to be back," Curtis said. "I had a great time in the three years I spent in Ruston earlier and this is like coming home for me. I am looking forward to hitting the ground running and am very thankful to Skip Holtz for the opportunity."
This marks his second stint in Ruston after serving as cornerbacks coach from 2010 to 2012.
"Kevin brings great energy, experience and a knowledge of Louisiana Tech," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said. "He was a major reason some of our top players in our back-to-back bowl win seasons are at Louisiana Tech. His previous three years in Ruston give him a great background and knowledge of the University and as a talented player at Texas Tech, he knows what it takes to win at the top level. I am really excited to have him return to Ruston and join our staff."
While in Lubbock, Curtis directed the Red Raider cornerbacks. In 2015, Texas Tech ranked 24th nationally in turnovers gained (25) and 51st in turnover margin (0.15). Jah'Shawn Johnson ranked second in the nation and led the Big 12 Conference while J.J. Gaines ranked seventh nationally and second in the Big 12 in fumbles recovered.
In his first season at Texas Tech, Curtis helped guide the third-best pass defense in the Big 12 Conference.
In his final year in his first stint in Ruston, Curtis guided Le'Vander Liggins to rank fifth in the Western Athletic Conference in interceptions as the Bulldogs posted a nine-win season with back-to-back wins over Illinois and Virginia.
His cornerbacks had anything but a "sophomore slump" in their second year under his direction as Tech's defense ranked third in the nation in both interceptions and pick-sixes. The highlight of those interceptions - and the kick-start to winning at Utah State - was Terry Carter's 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.
In his first season, the Bulldogs tallied 12 interceptions as Ryan Williams led the Tech cornerbacks with two.
Curtis initially joined the LA Tech staff in 2010 after serving two years at Navarro Junior College where he coached the secondary.
While at Navarro, Curtis' teams went 21-2, won two conference championships and were the 2009 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl champions. Curtis' teams were ranked first in the country in interceptions and had five all-conference honorees while he recruited the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and West Texas areas.
Curtis was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 safety at Texas Tech, playing for the Red Raiders when Dykes was on the Texas Tech staff. After a successful collegiate career, Curtis was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent three seasons. After one year with the Houston Texans, Curtis played two years as the team captain for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe before returning to the United States to coach.
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