LAKE CHARLES — First-year Nicholls State football coach Tim Rebowe is not opposed to taking players that can help him continue to build up a program that hasn’t won a game since October 2013 — even baseball players.
As a result, former LSU outfielder Chris Sciambra, who last month completed a four-year career with the Tigers, will compete with three other kickers next month when the Colonels open training camp.
Sciambra, who was a kicker at Catholic High in Baton Rouge, joined the LSU football team last season but didn’t play a down. With a year of eligibility remaining, he decided to give it a try at Nicholls State.
“One of the baseball coaches contacted me during the spring and said he may be interested in coming to kick for us,” Rebowe said at Southland Conference media day on Wednesday. “When the season was over and they finished in Omaha, he contacted us and we got his release.”
Rebowe is hoping some of the success Sciambra had with Paul Mainieri’s baseball team will carry over to his new teammates at Nicholls State.
“He’s such a mature young man, I think he’s already graduated,” Rebowe said. “I think he can bring some of the leadership skills, some of the things he learned and how they were successful over there at baseball.
“In the locker room, he’s not a ‘rah-rah’ guy,” he said, “but hopefully he can rub off on some of the players in there.”