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— #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

Mico capture treble again in inter-col netball

first_imgMico University College repeated their performance of a year ago by winning the treble in intercollegiate netball after a 59-48 overtime win in the intermediate A final last Saturday over home team G.C. Foster B.The intermediate champions blew away G.C. Foster by 24 goals in preliminary action two weeks ago, but it was a more determined G.C. Foster College team which played the final. Mico led 11-10, 21-17 and 30-28 after three quarters. However, G.C. Foster fought hard in the fourth quarter as, spurred on by their vocal home supporters, they rallied to even the score at 43-43 at the end of the quarter, sending the game into overtime.In the two periods of overtime, it was all Mico as the Connie Francis and Janet Guy-coached team led 52-44 after the first stanza before pulling away for a comfortable 11-goal winning margin in the end.Mico’s two other titles came over the past two weeks. The senior team defeated UWI in the final last Thursday while the junior team had earlier beaten G.C. Foster in the intermediate B final.Excelsior Community College finished third in the intermediate A competition after stopping UWI B 32-26 in the playoff for third and fourth.last_img read more

Heart, soul propel Eagles’ flight to top

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ F2 Logistics, Petron face light rivals Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES “We didn’t know we were coming back to this stage again,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.Against a talented La Salle squad, the Eagles proved more than equal to the challenge, this time—a far cry from last season when the championship series looked like a mismatch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They just responded every step of the way and when we ran into real adversity, none bigger than that tremendous La Salle basketball team, they found a way,” Baldwin said. “And a lot of it is their heart, soul and courage.”Thirdy Ravena emerged as the Eagles’ best offensive creator as the season wore on en route to a Finals MVP honor, while Matt Nieto developed into a calm and assured figure at the backcourt. View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Criticized for his inability to make shots even from point blank range, Chiz Ikeh impacted games with his height and heft and polished his offensive game.But no one highlighted Ateneo’s ascent than center Isaac Go, who went from missing a potential game-winning point-blank shot against La Salle in a second round loss to making one clutch shot after another in the Final Four and in the Finals.Getting a pass from Ravena with the shot clock about to expire and Ateneo leading by just two points, Go knocked in the biggest shot of the season with a triple with 24.7 seconds, lifting the Eagles to a thrilling 88-86 win in Game 3 before 22,012 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.Lot of growth“We saw a lot of growth from our players from last season and even this year, the growth on a per game basis,” said Arespacochaga.“Thirdy (Ravena), for example, took a forced shot in the first round against La Salle, but he made the right plays in the finals. Isaac Go made important baskets. We’re happy not just for him, but all our players who executed that play that enabled him to make those shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a championship run with so many turning points, but for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, their journey back to the top of the UAAP started as soon as they lost the title to fierce rival La Salle a year ago.There was no promise to return to the finals, only a commitment to individual improvement in an effort to topple the Green Archers and bring the crown back to the Loyola campus, which hasn’t celebrated a UAAP basketball title since 2012—the tailend of the Eagles rare “five-peat.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Ateneo skipper Vince Tolentino, who also played a key role in the Game 3 win, paid tribute to Baldwin and his coaching staff as they laid the foundation of the win after the Eagles bungled a 21-point lead in the previous game.“The motto of this team is always to believe, and even though we didn’t finish the job in Game 2 and La Salle gave us a really good fight, we never stopped believing.” said Tolentino, who will graduate from the squad along with Ikeh and Kris Porter.Baldwin believes the team still has plenty of room to grow.“These boys worked a long time to get here,” he said. “I told them, ‘We didn’t reach a peak, we reached a plateau, because there has to be room for the whole team.’ We didn’t do it as individuals, we did it as a team. So nobody stands at the peak alone.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

AK-47 smuggled out of Police headquarters

first_img…ASP, Corporal under close arrestAn Assistant Superintendent of Police and a Corporal attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) of the Guyana Police Force are among several persons placed under close arrest after a high powered AK-47 assault rifle was smuggled out of Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, on Wednesday. Reports are that a civilian vehicle was on Tuesday evening allowed into the compound without being searched. The vehicle reportedly stayed throughout the evening. However, as it was leaving the compound on Wednesday morning, the vehicle was searched and the weapon was discovered. After the weapon was discovered, the mobile phone belonging to the driver was checked, and it proved that several calls had been made to the ASP.Based on that information, the senior police rank was questioned and placed under close arrest. That very ASP, this newspaper was told, had been fingered in several unprofessional and shady transactions, and had been interdicted from duty several years ago, following the murder of Dweive Kant Ramdass in the Essequibo River.Ramdass was reportedly robbed of millions of dollars.The ASP, who had been a cadet officer at the time, had been accused, along with other ranks, of stealing an undisclosed sum of money from Ramdass, which they had confiscated. During that trial, however, no evidence had been given against the Police ranks, and they were subsequently reinstated into the Guyana Police Force.Meanwhile, the Corporal who has been arrested is the brother of a tattoo artist who had been charged and remanded to prison for the murder of Leelawattie Mohamed, who was gunned down in Tain, Corentyne two weeks ago. The Corporal was reportedly under the radar of several senior officers. Suspicion that his character was shady arose after he had been seen driving in and out of the TSU compound in various heavily tinted motorcars.The Police are continuing their investigations into the smuggling of the weapon, and it is expected that several other persons will be implicated.last_img read more

Trial for Fort St. John woman accused of burning dogs begins today

first_imgShe was arrested on July 7, 2012, after the burnt remains of a dog were found at an Alberta campsite. Initial police reports suggested the woman was likely intoxicated and angry following an argument with a partner, who had left the site before investigating officers arrived. Once there, police found the remains of a kennel and a small dog in the fire pit near a trailer the accused woman was occupying. They also concluded from witness accounts that a second dog suffered serious enough injuries that it too did not likely survive.- Advertisement –last_img

Another low petroleum and natural gas land rights sale

first_imgThat’s less than 30 per cent of the November total of $54.5 million, but perhaps more alarming is the fact that six of the last eight monthly sales have generated less than $10 million. 21 of the 30 parcels offered this month were purchased, with the average price per hectare posted as $585. This was the last sale prior to the Liberal government unveiling this year’s budget on February 18th, which will be delivered about a week in advance of the next sale set for February 26th. It does nothing to enhance the revenue position of Finance Minister Mike de Jong, who continues to wrestle with a budget surplus, which at last report was projected at $165 million, down from the $197 million estimate in last February’s budget.- Advertisement –last_img

Police Investigating UTV Theft In Fort St. John Over Long Weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John RCMP are investigating the theft of a side-by-side over the weekend.Sometime between 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 19, 2016 and just before 6:30 P.M. on Monday, May 23, thieves broke into a business yard on 87A Avenue and stole a 2013 Polaris Ranger XP Side by Side.  The Ranger is maroon in colour and had an aftermarket light bar attached to the roof at the time of the theft.If anyone has any information about this theft, or any other thefts of All Terrain Vehicles, they are encouraged to call the Fort St John RCMP Detachment at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

Violence mars Greek Cup final after turbulent season

first_imgThe Greek government deployed 5,000 police officers to try and prevent violence.But two riot-trained police officers were left hospitalised, according to local media reports.A Molotov Cocktail thrown by AEK hooligans set ablaze a van with five PAOK supporters inside near the stadium.Media reports said two of the passengers were injured after being beaten up and were taken to a local hospital.Each team were issued only 17,196 tickets at the 69,618-capacity stadium with many gaps to keep supporters separated for safety reasons, after a season of high tension between PAOK and the Athens clubs.For the first time in 43 years a foreign referee was used in the Greek Cup final, with 44-year-old Spaniard David Borbalan being called to duty.Earlier this year, PAOK president Ivan Savvidis stormed onto the pitch with a holstered gun on his belt during a match against AEK, after becoming incensed over a refereeing decision.AEK later pipped PAOK to the Super League title after the latter’s appeal against a three-point deduction failed.Crowd violence has been prevalent all season, with former Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia being injured in February when he was struck in the face by a cashier’s roll thrown by a PAOK fan.On Saturday, AEK missed out on a first double since 1978 as goals from Vieirinha and Dimitris Pelkas gained PAOK a measure of revenge for their defeat in the league title race.It was their second straight Cup final triumph over AEK, after a 2-1 win last season which was also tainted by violent incidents before the match.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Trouble spot: PAOK fans throw flares towards police © AFP / ANDREAS PAPAKONSTANTINOUATHENS, Greece, May 12 – Violent clashes between PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens fans marred Saturday’s Greek Cup final at the Olympic Stadium, with two PAOK fans reported injured after a Molotov Cocktail was thrown inside their van.One PAOK supporter was also reportedly stabbed on Friday as fans of the Thessaloniki outfit, AEK and Olympiakos fought in the capital the night before the game, which PAOK won 2-0.last_img read more

Odera sends AFC Leopards to Shield quarters

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera is congratulated by teammates Robinson Kamura and Duncan Otieno after picking his March SJAK Player of the Month Award on April 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 – Ezekiel Odera found the back of the net on stoppage time to send AFC Leopards through to the Football Kenya Federation Shield quarter-final after a 2-1 victory over Mwatate United in a match played at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani on Wednesday.Ingwe had to fight back after falling a goal down in the eighth minute that was scored by John Musyoka and hand the Taita Taveta based team a 1-0 lead at the break. Leopards had to wait till early in the second half to equalize after head coach Rodolfo Zapata introduced new signing Eugene Mukangula for Marcus Abwao with the substitute wasting no time as he netted his first goal for AFC Leopards with a beautiful volley.Odera, who is in super form was the hero after striking the winner on the stroke of full time to save the defending champions from the blushes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Gifted’ ceramic artist to be in the national spotlight

first_imgA former Donegal jockey whose ceramic animals have become collectors’ items will be showcased at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin’s RDS from December 5-10.Gifted celebrates the best of over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond.Record-breaking crowds of over 45,000 are expected to generate more than €1m per day in sales at this year’s largest-ever six-day fair. There are a total of 16 local makers taking part at the event, including Donegal Socks from Glenties, Joanne Gamble Jewellery from Burnfoot, Koko Designs from Ramelton and Michi from Letterkenny.Marina Hamilton from St Johnston is surrounded by her greatest inspiration – animals- in her work on the family farm daily.Horses have played a key role in her life, not just in art, but also in sport. She is a former jockey and still competes regularly on the cross-country circuit“I have always been fascinated with the expressions and individual characters of the farm animals and wildlife which I’ve seen at close quarters,” she said. Although best known as an equestrian artist, Marina has also broadened her range to include other animals, not only in the medium of paint but also ceramics.“My ceramics have really taken off and a lot of my clients are repeat customers who have maybe bought one animal and would like a few more different ones for a collection,” said Marina.“It will be my 21st year at the show and although you don’t think your work has changed, when you look back you realise just how much it has evolved.”GiftedGifted is a celebration of the best Irish designers and makers – people who are truly gifted.Formerly known as the National Crafts and Design Fair, Gifted includes top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children’s gifts and presents inspired by nature. Gifted 2016The event also includes a Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium featuring over 120 artisan food producers, taste-tempting visitors with the best of the season’s fare.The growth in Ireland’s vibrant design sector means that Gifted has been expanded by an extra day to become a six-day unique Christmas shopping experience.“Giving a Gifted gift to your loved ones this Christmas means that they will be receiving a special item straight from the maker,” said organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.“We have the top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children’s gifts and presents inspired by nature.” Gifted offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience with prices starting from as little as €5.In addition, there will be 10% off everything at the Fair on the opening day, Tuesday, December 5.Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day.  Full details and booking can be found at‘Gifted’ ceramic artist to be in the national spotlight was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArtsceramicscraftsdesigngiftedMarina Hamiltonlast_img read more