March 16, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes named Pierre Ingram running backs coach Tuesday in a series of coaching staff announcements. Ingram joins the Bulldogs after winning the Division I-FCS National Championship as the tight ends coach at Villanova.
Ingram's selection as running backs coach is pending approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
In other staff changes, Dykes announced that Zach Yenser has joined the program as a graduate assistant for the offense while defensive GA Trey Haverty has left the program for a full-time position as Millsaps College.
Ingram joins the Bulldogs after winning a national championship at Villanova, where he coached the tight ends as an offensive assistant. In addition to working with the tight ends, Ingram was responsible for recruiting in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
"Pierre [Ingram] comes from a winning program and he will bring tremendous energy to our program," said Dykes. "He loves the game and I'm looking forward to him bringing his energy and passion to the program. He will also be a great recruiting asset for us."
Prior to joining the Villanova staff in May 2009, Ingram served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M-Commerce from January 2009 to June 2009. Before his short stint at Texas A&M Commerce, he was the assistant wide receivers coach at Cortland State. During his stay at Cortland State, Ingram helped the team reach the NCAA quarterfinal round for the first time in school history and he coached the second wide receiver in school history to a 1,000 yard receiving season.
Ingram is a 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he was a four-year lettermen in football as a wide receiver. In 2006, he garnered the team's Most Dependable Receiver Award. After earning a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Middle Tennessee, he went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Sport Management from Cortland State.
While at Colquitt County HS, Yenser helped guide the Packers to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Georgia 5-A state semifinals. Prior to coaching at Colquitt County HS, Yenser was an offensive line coach at Henderson State where his line only allowed 13 sacks in 430 attempts and the offense racked up 12 school records and on All-Gulf South Conference selection.
Yenser began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Troy, where he was the offensive graduate assistant for the 2007 season, working specifically with the offensive line and special teams and helping the Trojans claim the 2007 Sun Belt title.
A 2007 graduate of Troy, Yenser was a four-year starter for the Trojans and helped the Trojans win the 2006 Sun Belt Conference championship, as well as the 2006 New Orleans Bowl title.
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