THIBODAUX — Steve Axman, who made stops at several Pac-12 and Big Ten schools in a long college career, will serve as Nicholls State’s interim head coach for the rest of the season, the school announced Tuesday.
Axman will take over for Charlie Stubbs, who resigned Sunday because of health concerns, one day after the Colonels dropped to 0-3 with a 27-10 loss to Division II Henderson State.
Associate head coach/special teams/running backs coach Chuck Hepola had been named interim head coach in the wake of Stubbs’ resignation Sunday.
A search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately, according to a statement from the university.
“Under the circumstances, this is the best solution that we could hope for as a temporary replacement,” Athletic Director Rob Bernardi said. “Steve is an expert in quarterback play. I think this gives us the best opportunity to move forward and have success for this season.”
Axman spent time at high-level programs such as UCLA, Washington, Minnesota, Stanford and Arizona. His last stint was at the University of Idaho from 2007-11, where he served as offensive coordinator.
Axman began his coaching career at East Stroudsburg State in 1974 before moving on to positions at Illinois, Army and Albany State. He joined the Arizona staff as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for five seasons from (1980-84), worked a stint with the USFL’s Denver Gold and then coached at Stanford and UCLA.
Axman landed his first head coaching job at Northern Arizona, leading the Lumberjacks to a 48-41 record from 1990-97. His 48 wins at NAU rank second on the school’s all-time list.
After a year at Minnesota, Axman joined the Washington Huskies staff in 1999. In his first season, quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo was named Pac-10 Player of the Year as he led the Huskies to a Rose Bowl title.
Three years later, Axman returned to UCLA as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Before his final stop in Idaho, he coached quarterbacks at Montana in 2006.
Axman’s first game with the Colonels will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at North Texas.