LAFAYETTE — Tim Rebowe was formally introduced as the next head coach at Nicholls State Friday, ending more than a decade-long tenure as a defensive assistant with the Ragin Cajuns.

Rebowe is taking over a Colonels program that has won just six games over the last four seasons and closed off an 0-12 regular season by losing at home by Southeastern Thursday night, 62-3.

Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth thinks that Rebowe is as good a coach as any to revive the Colonels program.

“He’s been a part of the turn-around, so I think he’s got the formula that we used, so I definitely think he’s going to go there and he’s going to win,” Hudspeth said. “And I think you can win there, there’s too many good players in the state of Louisiana not to.”

Rebowe has spent his entire career coaching in Louisiana, and this will be his first opportunity at a collegiate head coaching job.

He is actually returning to the scene of his first college coaching experience. Rebowe coached as an assistant at Nicholls State from 1995-00.

“I think he’s really excited because of his ties there. He’s been there before, knows the dynamics there, knows the challenges and knows how to face those challenges. I think he’ll do a great job changing the attitude and changing the culture there. I hate to lose him but I’m really proud of him.”

Rebowe becomes just the third member of Hudspeth’s original staff to leave, though he’s the first to do it for a new job. Greg Stewart was fired after the 2012 season and David Saunders resigned earlier this year.

Rebowe had been with the Cajuns since 2004.

“To me, it’s an honor that they looked within our staff to hire one of our coaches to lead their program,” Hudspeth said. “I definitely think Tim will do an outstanding job. He not only will bring a lot of energy to that program, he’ll bring a lot of experience recruiting the state of Louisiana — specifically the river parishes and New Orleans.”

Hudspeth has already talked to Rebowe about the job’s timeline, and was able to confirm that Rebowe will stay with the Cajuns through the bowl game. He’ll likely split his duties between his Cajuns and Colonels obligations — including hiring a staff — but he will stick around until his job is completed.

“In his words, he said he wanted to finish what he started,” Hudspeth said.