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Doug Lichtenberger will serve as Tulane’s linebackers coach and special teams coordinator when spring practice opens in two weeks, several sources close to the Green Wave said.

Lichtenberger replaces Jon Sumrall, who left Tulane in December to the associate head coach position at Troy under longtime friend Neal Brown. Lichtenberger will not assume Sumrall’s role as co-defensive coordinator.

Lichtenberger has served on Tulane’s football staff for the past eight seasons in varied capacities. He began as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Bob Toledo in 2007 before eventually being named special teams coordinator before Toledo’s firing in 2011.

He was one of just two assistants to remain with the university following the hiring of head coach Curtis Johnson in 2012, however, Lichtenberger moved into an administrative role at that time, taking over football and recruiting operations.

However, during the 2013 season, when then-linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Barry Lamb was diagnosed with an illness that kept him from coaching the final month, Lichtenberger was called in to take over special teams duties. He served in that capacity through the Green Wave’s loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl, before returning to an administrative role at the season’s conclusion.

It’s the second hire Johnson has made for his staff this offseason, bringing in former New Orleans Saints assistant wide receivers coach Carter Sheridan to take over for Keith Williams, who left to coach receivers at Nebraska.

Tulane declined to comment to officially comment on the hires.