SLU Names Scelfo New Head Football Coach

first_imgAs a former baseball student-athlete at ULM and the father of a pair of student-athletes, Scelfo knows the importance of academic dedication towards the overall success of a student-athlete. “Frank Scelfo checks all of the boxes when it comes to being a successful head coach. The players will feel his fire and passion for the game from day one and will see how much he cares for them as men. Southeastern Football has just taken a huge step forward.” – Todd Wash, Defensive Coordinator, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017 Sporting News NFL Coordinator of the Year Scelfo, whose hire is pending approval of the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors, comes to Hammond with over 30 years of coaching experience. Scelfo replaces Ron Roberts, who stepped down earlier this month after six seasons. Before heading to north Louisiana, Scelfo spent 11 seasons on the staff at Tulane, including the final eight as the Green Wave’s offensive coordinator. Scelfo was the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach for a 1998 TU squad that was one of two FBS teams to finish undefeated that season, recording a 12-0 mark and a Liberty Bowl victory. “Our number one focus in recruiting will be the state of Louisiana,” Scelfo said. “It’s not just the talent in this area, but the passion the players in this state bring to the field. The type of student-athletes we’re looking for to be Lions are right here in Louisiana.” “The Southeastern Athletics mission statement outlines our expectations for our student-athletes to excel in the classroom, in the community and in competition,” Artigues said. “In Frank Scelfo, we’ve found a leader with the experience, knowledge and personality to grow our program and help produce well-rounded student-athletes who are successful both on and off the field.” Scelfo will have to hit the ground running in his new position, as National Signing Day is Feb. 7. Scelfo stressed the importance of recruiting the fertile talent pool in Louisiana. HometownAbbeville, LouisianaWifeHollyChildrenAnthony, JordanEducationULM, 1981 (Master’s, 1983)Playing ExperienceULM, Baseball, 1978-81            – 1981 ULM Athlete of the YearCoaching Experience2018 – Southeastern Louisiana – Head Coach2016-17 – UTSA – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks2013-15 – Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL) – Senior Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks2010-11 – Arizona – Quarterbacks2007-09 – Louisiana Tech – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks1999-2006 – Tulane – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks1996-98 – Tulane – Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends1995 – Galena Park North Shore HS – Defensive Backs1992-94 – Kilgore College – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers1989-91 – Tyler Chapel Hill HS – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks1988 – Orangefield HS – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks1987 – Vidor HS – Defensive Backs1985-86 – River Oaks HS – Head Coach1984 – Jesuit HS – Defensive Backs1982-83 – Prairie View HS – Head Coach “I’m very familiar with Hammond, especially the hospitality of the people here,” Scelfo commented. “My family and I can’t wait to get out and meet as many people in the area as we can. Hammond’s our new home and I’m ready to become a part of my new community.” Prior to his time in San Antonio, Scelfo coached for three seasons with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars as an offensive assistant working with the quarterbacks. In his final season in Jacksonville, quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns under Scelfo’s tutelage. “Frank Scelfo will bring an exciting and aggressive brand of football to SLU. His ability to motivate and develop players to reach their maximum potential on and off the field is his greatest asset and it truly separates him from so many others.” – Derek Dooley, Offensive Coordinator, University of MissouriThe Frank Scelfo File Scelfo takes over a SLU program that has posted four winning campaigns in the past five seasons. Artigues believes Scelfo has the ability, experience and knowledge to help Southeastern to return to postseason play. “I’m excited and thankful for the belief (President) Dr. (John) Crain and (Director of Athletics) Jay Artigues have shown by selecting me as the new head football coach at Southeastern Louisiana,” Scelfo said. “There’s a great opportunity to win championships on the conference and national level right here in Hammond. Southeastern is a special place and I’m honored to be back home in Louisiana to lead the Lions.”FOOTBALL: Southeastern Louisiana Names Frank Scelfo New Head Football Coach @SLUFootball #LionUp https://t.co/4VGwAHZb1Y— #LionUp (@sluathletics) January 30, 2018 The three seasons prior saw Scelfo serve as the offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech. Scelfo’s stint in Ruston included a 2008 Independence Bowl victory – the Bulldogs’ first bowl victory in three decades. “We will stress academics from day one,” Scelfo said. “Our expectations for every member of our program is to leave here with a championship ring on one hand and a diploma in the other. One without the other is unacceptable.” In searching for a new leader for the SLU football program, Artigues was looking for someone who would help the Lions reach higher levels of excellence in all aspects of being a student-athlete. Artigues believes he found the right man to take Southeastern to new heights in Scelfo. “I was lucky enough to play for Frank my first two seasons in the NFL. Not only did I learn a ton of football by playing for him but I also formed a relationship that will last a lifetime.” – Blake Bortles, Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars Scelfo’s Green Wave offenses were ranked among the national passing leaders in five different seasons and four Tulane quarterbacks – Patrick Ramsey, J.P. Losman, Lester Ricard and Shaun King – went on to play in the NFL. A total of eight Tulane players were selected in the NFL Draft during Scelfo’s time in the Big Easy, highlighted by two-time Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte. HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana Football ushered in a new era on Tuesday afternoon, as veteran coach and Louisiana native Frank Scelfo was introduced as the 16th head football coach in school history in the Victory Club at Strawberry Stadium. The Lions will open their first spring under Scelfo on March 13. SLU officially opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 at FBS foe – and Scelfo’s alma mater – ULM.   “I can’t tell you how excited I am to know Southeastern Football is in the hands of Frank Scelfo. I can say from personal experience there’s not a better man out there to continue to lead the Lions both on and off the field. Frank’s coaching experience and Louisiana ties are second to none. I can personally vouch for what a great teacher and man he is. He and his wife, Holly will be unbelievable assets to Hammond and Southeastern Louisiana University.” – Pete Golding, Assistant Coach, University of Alabama Scelfo’s Tulane offenses produced the school’s all-time passing leader in Ramsey, the program’s all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader in Mewelde Moore and Roydell Williams, who set the school’s career record for touchdown receptions. Moore was only the second player in NCAA history to top both 4,000 rushing and 2,000 receiving yards under Scelfo’s guidance. “Coach Scelfo is dedicated to being a visible member of our community and committed to raising the academic performance of our football student-athletes,” Artigues stated. “Frank Scelfo is the head coach that can connect our program with the high schools in our state and do a great job of recruiting the state of Louisiana. We feel in Coach Scelfo we have identified a great role model and leader for our student-athletes.”  Scelfo was a four-year letter winner on the baseball diamond at ULM from 1978-81, earning the school’s Athlete of the Year award as a senior. He earned his bachelor’s degree from his alma mater in 1981, before completing his graduate studies in 1983. In 2010 and 2011, Scelfo was the quarterbacks coach at Arizona. During his tenure with the Wildcats, he tutored future NFL quarterbacks Nick Foles and Tom Savage. Foles, a third-round draft pick in 2012, will start Super Bowl LII this Sunday for the Philadelphia Eagles. What They’re Saying About New SLU Head Football Coach Frank Scelfo“Frank Scelfo is someone who has had a major impact on my life both on and off the field. Not only is he a great teacher and motivator of the game of football, but in life as well. I am grateful to know Coach Scelfo and to have played for him. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.” – Nick Foles, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles Scelfo’s coaching career began at Prairie View High School in Bastrop, where he served as head coach for the 1982-83 seasons. He also coached at Jesuit High School (1984), River Oaks High School (1985-86), Vidor High School (1987), Orangefield High School (1988), Chapel Hill School (1989-91), Kilgore College (1992-94) and Galena Park North Shore High School (1995). Artigues was impressed with Scelfo’s wealth of knowledge and experience at every level of football and his pedigree of working with players who have been successful as professionals. He and his wife, Holly, are the parents of two sons, Anthony and Jordan. Anthony played both football and baseball at Tulane and was selected in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Jordan was on the baseball and football teams at SLU’s Southland Conference rival Incarnate Word from 2012-15. Scelfo, who hails from Abbeville and spent 14 seasons coaching collegiately in-state at Tulane and Louisiana Tech, is eager to become a member of the Southeastern and Hammond communities. Scelfo comes to Hammond after spending the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UTSA. In 2016, his offense set 15 school records and helped the Roadrunners to their first-ever bowl game, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.last_img read more

Two Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Honored with McCarty Citizenship Awards

first_imgVan Heerden went 15-3 this past season, including an 8-2 mark in conference play. When not on the court, Van Heerden is involved in the local community, reading to elementary students, mentoring youth through KLife, and participating in a variety of charitable activities. She currently maintains a 3.84 GPA. Otas Iyekekpolor, Central Arkansas BasketballIyekekpolor, a forward, has been active beyond the classroom and court, participating in community service with teammates on the men’s basketball team.He personified citizenship perfectly during an incident last September. One Friday evening, he and his teammates were playing a pickup game in the auxillary gym when freshman SK Shittu collapsed. Iyekekpolor, a kinesiology (pre-med) major from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Lillian Osborne High School), put his knowledge to work, locating the AED device in a another part of the building, instructing teammates to call 911, and then tracking down an athletic trainer who was on site after a women’s soccer match.Thanks to Iyekekpolor’s quick reactions, Shittu was resuscitated with the AED, rushed to the hospital where he had a defibrillator installed, and is now expected to eventually be cleared to play basketball again. Marli Van Heerden, Central Arkansas TennisOfficials at UCA claim Van Heerden has “the most magnetic personality ever,” and fellow student-athletes “love” their Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) president. Van Heerden and Iyekekpolor, both juniors, will be honored Tuesday (May 22) at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco.The award recognizes both male and female student-athletes who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006.center_img The accounting major from George, South Africa, is admired for her sportsmanship and never complaining during tennis matches where referees aren’t always present and players are often expected to make their own in/out calls. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference revealed that University of Central Arkansas tennis player Marli Van Heerden and basketball player Otas Iyekekpolor are the recipients of the 2018 Steve McCarty Citzenship Awards. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Wednesday.last_img read more

Tottenham ‘to negotiate £20m transfer for Fenerbahce goalkeeper Bayindir’

first_imgTOTTENHAM officials are due to fly to Turkey to seal a deal for Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir.Transfer staff are expected to meet with representatives of the Super Lig side according to reports by Turkish newspaper Fanatik.1 Spurs are reportedly turning to Turkish youngster Altay Baindir as an another option to Hugo LlorisCredit: PA:Press AssociationSpurs are understood to be on the hunt for a back-up to their captain Hugo Lloris, who suffered a nasty injury earlier this season.The French international returned to action last month after three months out with a dislocated elbow.And Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled at times in his absence.Bayindir, 21, has become a dependable option for Fenerbache this season.Most read in football FOUR-TUNE TELLERSRugby league working on four potential restart dates as finals may switchIT’S AL GOODTottenham star Alderweireld buys iPads and laptops to help coronavirus victimsASHES FLICKEREngland’s Ashes series against Australia not cancelled yet despite concerns’MENTALITY MISTAKES’Jose blames Wolves defeat on mistakes and demands Spurs be ‘ruthless’NDOM-BELLYSpurs fans demand trophy after pancake world record is set at Tottenham StadiumExclusiveGREAL DEALSpurs could have signed £80million-rated Villa skipper Grealish for just £6mMIXED EMOTIONSJose delighted with Bergwijn’s Spurs debut but fumes over Sterling tackle The club are said to be open to selling their sought after stopper for a fee that best suits them.Their star keeper has featured in 21 of their games in Turkey’s top division.Sheffield United, who are surprise contenders for a top four spot, are reported to be among his Premier League suitors.last_img read more

Taylor backs Lolohea to fire

first_imgRegarded as one of the most dynamic players in the game, the 22-year-old struggled to make an impression on new Warriors coach Stephen Kearney with Lolohea restricted to just four NRL appearances in the opening 12 rounds of the season. The talented playmaker has called the Intrust Super Premiership home for the past few weeks but after a frustrating couple of months has earned a release from his contract and is set to start this weekend’s game against the Dragons at five-eighth. Taylor went through the same thing last year at the Panthers where he managed just two NRL appearances under new coach Anthony Griffin before he was dropped to reserve grade.The hard-working lock forward brokered a deal to leave Penrith and started afresh at the Tigers where he has been one of their most consistent performers ever since. “It will be a good opportunity for him because I know how it feels to play reserve grade when you know you’re capable of playing first grade but you’re not getting the opportunity,” Taylor told NRL.com. “That’s what I went thought last year, and I know when I came to the Tigers and got that chance again to play first grade, it’s hard to put into words what a difference it made. “You feel fresh, you get your hunger back and you want to earn the respect of the new guys you’re playing with so straight away you’ve got motivation to help you get through the first few days in a new environment.”Sometimes you’re stuck in reserves and you’re kicking stones because you’re playing well but no one really cares because that’s what’s expected of you because you’re a first-grader. “It’s mentally very tough to get up for reserve grade games, so I know Tui will be jumping out of his skin to get an opportunity in the halves, which is where I think he belongs.” ‌Running out for a new team on the back of limited preparation won’t be an easy feat, but Taylor has backed his new teammate to get the job done after impressing him during Monday’s training session. “It’s pretty basic as a forward because your job is just to make metres and create space for your halves, but it’s a bit different for the playmakers,” he said. “I’m not in the best position to talk about what halves go through, but if he does the basics well – which I’m sure he will – then I’m sure he’ll be fine. “It was his first day at training yesterday but you would have thought he’d been playing with us for a couple of years the way he’s fitted in so seamlessly. He’s going to add a lot to our team in attack because he’s got that X-factor about him.”Tigers utility Michael Chee-Kam played against Lolohea in the National Youth Competition and knows just how good the Tonga and New Zealand representative can be with ball in hand. “I’ve played against Tui in the under-20s so I know that he’s a freak and on his day he can be a game breaker for us,” Chee-Kam told NRL.com.”I think it was my last year and he was just starting in the NYC and I remember he had really good feet so you had to make sure you stayed square in defence otherwise he’d burn you.”We had a light session on Monday and he looked really sharp. He was running around at five-eighth on Monday and he was barking out commands which was great to see. He’s spent the past two days with the coaches doing a lot of video sessions so you can tell he’s keen to learn and fit right in.” Photo by: Paul Barkley. Copyright: NRL Photos. Former Warrior Tuimoala Lolohea.last_img read more

Manly lose Sironen for at least 8 weeks

first_imgPhoto by: Paul Barkley/NRL Photos (Sea Eagles second-rower Curtis Sironen). Sironen will meet with surgeons on Tuesday, where he is likely to be told he will need surgery after getting caught awkwardly attempting a tackle in Sunday’s win over Cronulla.His absence will take some serious air out of a flying Sea Eagles side that have surged into the top four for the first time since 2014.The former Wests Tigers forward is considered one of the most improved players in the competition this year following his move to the northern beaches over the summer.He had started in every single game under coach Trent Barrett this season, and scored two tries against the Sharks in what was arguably his best performance of the year.”He’s been one of our best players this year,” teammate Dylan Walker said on Tuesday.”He was really starting to find form, it’s a bit upsetting and a bit sad for him because he’s had so many injuries over the years. Hopefully it’s not too bad and we can get him back soon.”The Sea Eagles will aim to continue an impressive record away from Lottoland this season when they host the Warriors in Perth on Saturday.Their only loss on the road came when they took a home game to Suncorp Stadium in round 10, only to lose to the ground’s tenants Brisbane.Walker credited his team’s strong away form to a greater team bond compared to last year, however he believes it’s a growing trend across the league.”Everyone here are real close together, it could be the little things of going out to golf, coffee or brekky. We definitely like each other’s company, and it’s just a close-knit group,” he said.”There’s a lot of teams doing good away from home. You only look at State of Origin, when they’ve both won away. It might be something new happening.”…Playing away is something we like doing and hopefully we can continue to do so.”last_img read more

Pacific Islanders and RPA announce new partnership to support UK-based players

first_imgA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) means more work will be done to safeguard the welfare of UK-based Pacific Island players.The Pacific Rugby Players (PRP) will appoint a UK-based player relationship manager to work with the RPA.This role will be responsible for supporting players in welfare, education and personal development.Some who moved from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga have fought alcohol addiction and depression, while others struggle to support extended families left behind.The PRP, established in 2013, looks after the welfare of male and female national 7s and 15s players from Pacific Islands, playing abroad and at home.PRP CEO and Tonga representative Hale T-Pole, praised the new agreement:”While we recognise there is much still to be done, this agreement takes us another step closer to ensuring Pacific Island nations and players continue to thrive at home and abroad,” he added.last_img read more

Scotland star Hogg closes on return with Six Nations looming

first_imgThe full-back has won the Player of the Tournament award in the past two seasons, and has been a cause for concern since injuring himself in the warm-up of the emphatic 53-24 beating of Australia in November.However, Hogg is confident that he will be back on the pitch before Scotland’s Six Nations opener against Wales on February 3.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he said: “Hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch in the next couple of weeks and ready to rock and roll again.”We’re getting there now.”I actually did it midweek. The place we train for Scotland, you’ve got about five metres between the try-line and a brick wall, and I’d been running full pelt to score a try and then had to stop suddenly, and I think I pulled it.”In the warm-up, I kicked the ball and I felt as if somebody had stabbed me in my hip. “It was a bit frustrating because I was just coming back from a long-term shoulder injury, I was feeling good, starting to get a little bit of form back and had to start back at square one.”I’ve never really picked up any injuries – to end up get a fractured eye socket, have to get your shoulder operated on, it has been a bit frustrating.”Hogg missed all three of the British and Irish Lions’ Tests against New Zealand earlier this year after suffering a facial injury in the warm-up fixture against Crusaders.Scotland finished fourth in last season’s Six Nations, but were one of three teams to end with 14 points. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Scotland star Stuart Hogglast_img read more

Another emotional week for Warriors

first_imgLess than two weeks after the terror attacks in the city, the Sea Eagles will host the Warriors at AMI Stadium.A heavy-hearted Warriors belted Canterbury in their season-opener in Auckland last week, but were fell back to earth when routed by Wests Tigers on Sunday.”I thought it was a big week for the footy club last week as I said after that game, for a number of reasons,” Kearney said after the loss to the Tigers.”The lesson for this footy team is that the NRL, it’s every week.”You’ve got to turn up ready, regardless of who the opponent, what round it is and where they are on the table. It doesn’t matter.”I thought possibly there were some individuals tonight who were still on the cloud that they finished off with last week. But it’s a good lesson for them.”But any disappointment will likely pale in comparison to the landscape that awaits for them when they travel to Christchurch this week.After confirming the NRL fixture would still proceed, the Sea Eagles have already indicated heading over early to assist the community in any form possible.Kearney predicted more emotion ahead for both teams.”I reckon if last week’s anything to go by, it’s been a pretty sombre week back home for obvious reasons,” he said.”It’s been wonderful to see the country and all communities rally behind the tragedy that’s happened.”I get a sense that Manly will see that firsthand this week. Our focus is making sure that we prepare correctly for a good performance next Saturday.”The Warriors will be aiming to bounce back after an insipid display against the Tigers, who poured on six tries in the final 45 minutes of the contest.”There were parts where we tried in the first half, but I think some of us thought it was going to be an easier night than what they anticipated,” Kearney said.last_img read more

Madang confident for United clash

first_imgMFC coach Bob Morris says the boys are doing well in training, and executing all the training patterns that were taught to them.Morris says their first game is against his former  team Besta United and looking forward to giving them a run for their money.He also says that the final line up for the game will be named tomorrow and the team will prepare to travel to Lae on Thursday to meet the Besta United on Saturday at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.He says with the Komolong brothers yet to join the team they are looking at using Max Sengum and Samuel Kini in the midfield to control the engine room.He also says that the travelling by road to play a game in Lae is a bit risky and urges NSL management to use air transport.He says most of the time travelling by road especially to Lae, Madang and Goroka makes the boys tired and they will not give their best on the field.last_img read more

Fiji swimmers through for the Oceania Swimming Championships

first_imgIn the women’s division, Yolani Blake, Rosemarie Rova, Moana Wind and Matelita Buadromo have qualified whereas Temafa Yalimaiwai, Gordon Thompson, Epeli Rabua, Kalen Eyre, William Clark, Taichi Vakasama and five-time Olympian Carl Probert have qualified for the men’s. Fiji Swimming media liaison officer David Eyre said these swimmers have been able to meet the set criteria hence their selection for national representation. “We have had some good swims from those who are fringe Fiji team members. The Oceania Swimming Championship is being hosted in Fiji and we are privileged to have 12 countries come to compete. “Our Fiji team is very much geared up to get there and this is one of the qualifying events to the Oceania. We had some swims that have made qualifying times for Oceania so the competition has been good in that sense,” Eyre said. He added that although they have had a disruption in preparation because of the cyclone, they have ample time to add finishing touches before competition. “We have had a well affected season with Cyclone Winston and the pools have been closed for about two to three weeks and that has affected prep. “Considering the fact that we have had a weather affected season, there are some good times. We’ve got three months until Oceania and that’s probably a good enough time to get them upright for competition,” Eyre said.(Damodar Aquatic Centre in Suva, Fiji. Picture: Fox Sports Pulse)last_img read more