Tony Ball Named Louisiana Tech Running Backs Coach
March 8, 2017
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz has announced the addition of coaching veteran Tony Ball to the staff as the Bulldogs’ new running backs coach, the program announced Wednesday.
Ball comes to Louisiana Tech with over 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, while also leading his respective teams to 18 consecutive bowl games from 1998 to 2015. Most recently, Ball spent the 2015 season as the wide receivers coach at LSU, while the Tennessee native split time as a running backs and receivers coach at Georgia for nine seasons prior to joining the Tigers’ staff.
Ball joins Holtz’s staff after having served as an assistant at some of the nation’s top football programs, including a nine-year stint at Georgia following eight seasons at Virginia Tech under legendary head coach Frank Beamer.
“We are excited to have someone with Tony’s experience join our staff here at Louisiana Tech,” Holtz said. “When you look at the history of the schools he has been at like Georgia, Virginia Tech and LSU, it is pretty impressive and we are excited to have someone with his energy and passion for the game on board.”
In his only season at LSU, Ball served as the wide receivers coach and assisted with special teams, while helping lead the Tigers to a 56-27 victory over Texas Tech in the 2015 Texas Bowl.
While at Georgia, Ball developed some of the top skill players in the program’s history, including first round draft picks in wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Knowshon Moreno. Ball was part of two SEC Eastern Division Championship teams while on the staff at Georgia and he was also part of two of the most prolific offenses in school history in 2012 and 2013. In nine years at Georgia, Ball helped the Bulldogs to an 84-35 overall record, including five seasons of posting 10 or more wins and six bowl victories.
Prior to his stint at Georgia, Ball spent eight years at Virginia Tech where he coached wide receivers for the Hokies. During his eight years coaching under Frank Beamer, Ball helped lead the Hokies to eight bowl games, including the national championship contest against Florida State to conclude the 1999 season. The Hokies were 78-23 overall in Ball’s time in Blacksburg.
A 1983 graduate of UT-Chattanooga, Ball began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay in 1985 where he earned his master’s degree in health and nutrition. He served as a volunteer running backs coach at South Carolina in 1987 before returning to UT-Chattanooga in 1988 to coach receivers. Ball spent the next season coaching running backs at East Tennessee State before returning to his alma mater to coach wide receivers in 1990.
Ball spent three years coaching running backs at College of Holy Cross from 1992-94 before joining the Louisville staff as the wide receivers coach from 1995-97 prior to his eight-year stint at Virginia Tech.
During the summers of 1996 and 1997, Ball participated in the National Football League's Minority Internship Program with the Baltimore Ravens. He also interned with the Denver Broncos in 2003.
In his playing days, Ball was a running back for the late Joe Morrison at UT-Chattanooga where he was a standout running back (1977-80) and special teams star who set several school kickoff return records. In 2006, he was inducted into UT-Chattanooga’s Athletics Hall of Fame, while he was also named to the UTC All-Century Team in 2003.
He earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice. Ball is married to the former Maria Ann Slayden. They have two children, Anthony and Keshea.
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