LAFAYETTE – Louisiana-Lafayette has found a new strength and conditioning coach in former North Texas coach Lewis Caralla.

The school officially announced the hire, which is still subject to approval by the board of supervisors, in a news release Thursday afternoon.

Caralla takes over for former football strength and conditioning coach Rusty Whitt, who left earlier this month to fill the same position at Texas Tech.

“I feel honored and lucky to be a part of such a great program,” Caralla said in the news release. “The facility, the people and the student-athletes are all incredible and I can’t wait to build on the excellent tradition that all of our athletic programs have set here at UL.”

Caralla will not be solely responsible for the football program, but will oversee the strength and conditioning program for all 16 of the Cajuns athletic programs.

“We are very fortunate to have someone like Lewis join our staff,” said Louisiana-Lafayette Director of Athletics Scott Farmer in a statement. “He comes to our athletic department very highly recommended and has a broad base in working with numerous teams.

“We are excited to have him join the Ragin’ Cajuns family and we look forward to him working with all of our student-athletes and teams.”

The 30-year-old Caralla previously served on the same staff as Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth at Mississippi State, where he was a graduate assistant strength coach while Hudspeth was the passing game coordinator. He received his Master’s Degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State.

Caralla has previous stops at Georgia Tech and Michigan, where he worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, and North Texas, which was his first job in charge of a strength program.

Last year was Caralla’s first as the North Texas football program’s strength coach, but he left the program after a coaching change.

He was a two-time all-conference running back at Defiance College in Ohio.

According to a website for certified strength and conditioning specialists,, Caralla made $100,000 last year at North Texas.