Updated Jan 10, 2007 17:20:23
Tech Hires Scelfo as Offensive Coordinator
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley announced Wednesday that he has hired former Tulane offensive guru Frank Scelfo as the Bulldogs new offensive coordinator.
Scelfo’s hiring is pending approval of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Council and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
“Frank has consistently produced some of the most exciting and productive offenses and quarterback play in the country.” Dooley said. “The fact that he is a native of Louisiana and is well-known and respected around the state make him a great fit for Louisiana Tech.”
Scelfo joins the Bulldogs after spending the past 11 seasons on the Tulane staff, including serving as the Green Wave’s offensive coordinator since 1999.
He helped lead the Green Wave to one of its most successful decades in the program’s history, including an undefeated season and the 1998 Conference USA and Liberty Bowl titles.
During his time at Tulane, Scelfo directed one of the most innovative offenses in the college game as the Green Wave finished ranked in the top 30 nationally in passing offense in five times, including ranking 3rd in passing offense (324.45) in 2000, 5th in passing offense (327.3) in 1999 and 12th in passing offense (291.50) in 2001.
In 2000, Tulane ranked 7th nationally in total offense, averaging more than 450 yards per game.
Scelfo also mentored two NFL signal callers in Ruston native Patrick Ramsey (New York Jets) and J.P. Losman (Buffalo Bills).
Those two quarterbacks along with Lester Ricard, the Tulane signal caller the past three years, produced mind-boggling numbers as Scelfo’s protégé’s during their careers. Each one of the three finished their careers ranked in the top five in Tulane history in career passing.
“Louisiana Tech has a long history of offensive excellence, and I am excited that coach Dooley is giving me the opportunity to be here,” said Scelfo, who coached former Bulldog signal caller Gene Johnson at River Oaks High School in the late 1980s. “The city of Ruston and Louisiana Tech opened their arms when we evacuated here, and my family and I are eager to give back to all those who did so much for us.”
The New Iberia native produced Tulane's all-time passing leader (Ramsey), all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader (Mewelde Moore), all-time touchdown receptions leader (Roydell Williams) and all-time scoring leader (Seth Marler).
Moore also became only the second player in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,000 yards and receive for more than 2,000 yards during his time under Scelfo.
A total of eight Tulane offensive players were selected in the NFL Draft during Scelfo’s tenure, including running back Jerald Sowell (1997, 7th round), quarterback Shaun King (1999, 2nd round), wide receiver JaJuan Dawson (2000, 3rd round), offensive lineman Bernard Robertson (2001, 5th round), Ramsey (2002, 1st round), Losman (2004, 1st round), Moore (2004, 4th round), and Williams (2005, 4th round).
The 47-year-old earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) in 1981 and 1983, respectively, while playing for the Indians. He was named NLU’s 1981 Athlete of the Year.
Scelfo is married to Holly Kingery, and the couple has two sons, Anthony and Jordan.