RUSTON — Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz completed his coaching staff Friday by naming Karl Scott as the program’s new safeties coach.
Scott joins Louisiana Tech after spending the previous three seasons at Southeastern Louisiana, where he coached the linebackers and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2014 season.
“Karl is a young and energetic coach with a very bright future,” Holtz said. “He has worked his way up and is a rising star in this field. We are fortunate that he chose to join us at Louisiana Tech as a position coach a year after he led his team to the top defense in their league as defensive coordinator.”
Scott recently completed his third season as an assistant on the Southeastern Louisiana University staff and his first as defensive coordinator after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant at Tusculum (Tenn.) College. Before taking over as defensive coordinator, the Houston native coached the Lion linebackers while also serving as the team’s travel coordinator.
As defensive coordinator of Southeastern Louisiana, Scott led a unit that finished the year leading the Southland Conference in total defense while ranking seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision. Scott’s defense was 11th in the nation in turnovers gained (28), fifth in the nation in red zone defense (.667 percentage) and eighth in the nation in scoring defense (17.7 ppg).
In his first season at the helm of the Southeastern defense, the Lions captured a share of the Southland Conference championship, made their second trip to the NCAA playoffs and finished ranked 12th and 14th, respectively, in the final FCS Coaches and Sports Network national polls. Scott’s defense finished the season leading the nation in passing deficiency (94.30), while leading the Southland in total (293.2 ypg) and scoring (17.7 ppg) defense.