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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Newly appointed LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

HILARY SCHEINUK

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana native Jabbar Juluke has joined the Louisiana-Lafayette football staff, coach Billy Napier announced Tuesday.

Juluke was named an assistant head coach and work with the running backs for the Cajuns after stints at Texas Tech and LSU.

“We took a huge step forward in our vision for the program with the hire of Jabbar Juluke,” Napier said. “His relationships in this state and in particular in New Orleans will be huge for our recruiting strategy.

"Jabbar is a man of integrity and class. He is a quality coach and has a great track record in player development."

Juluke comes from Texas Tech, where he served as the associate head coach/running backs coach. The Red Raiders averaged 140.9 yards rushing per game in 2017 as the offense averaged 34.3 points per game.

Before his time at Texas Tech, Juluke spent the 2016 season as the running backs coach at LSU under Les Miles. Juluke tutored the Tigers standout running back Leonard Fournette in a season where he battle injuries.

In Fournette’s absence, Juluke mentored Derrius Guice, playing a role in the sophomore gaining 1,428 yards and rushing for 11 touchdowns. Guice was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team.

Juluke began his college coaching career at Louisiana Tech where he helped the Bulldogs to consecutive nine-win seasons.

Under Juluke’s direction, Kenneth Dixon became one of the most prolific running backs in NCAA history. Dixon, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, ended his Louisiana Tech career as the NCAA’s all-time leader among running backs for career total touchdowns (87), points scored (522) and games played with a touchdown (38).

Juluke coached Dixon for his final three seasons.

Juluke arrived at Louisiana Tech following nine years as the coach at Edna Karr High School. In that span, he compiled an 80-39 record, capped by a 14-0 mark and a Class 4A state title in 2012.

Juluke guided Edna Karr to seven district titles and two state runner-up finishes during his tenure.