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Louisiana Tech Adds Karl Scott to Football Coaching Staff

(Friday, February 13)

(D1SN) -- Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz completed his 2015 coaching staff Friday by naming Karl Scott as the program's new safeties coach. Scott joins the LA Tech Family after spending the previous three seasons at Southeastern Louisiana where he coached the linebackers and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2014 season.

"Karl is a young and energetic coach with a very bright future," Holtz said of the addition. "He has worked his way up and is a rising star in this field. We are fortunate that he chose to join us at Louisiana Tech as a position coach a year after he led his team to the top defense in their league as defensive coordinator. He has such a bright future and I am excited he is joining the LA Tech Family."

Scott recently completed his third season as an assistant on the Southeastern Louisiana University staff and his first as defensive coordinator after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant at Tusculum (Tenn.) College. Prior to taking over as defensive coordinator, the Houston, Texas native coached the Lion linebackers while also serving as the team's travel coordinator. In 2014 as defensive coordinator of Southeastern Louisiana, Scott led a unit that finished the year leading the Southland Conference in total defense while ranking seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Scott's defense was 11th in the nation in turnovers gained (28), fifth in the nation in red zone defense (.667 percentage) and eighth in the nation in scoring defense (17.7 ppg).

In his first season at the helm of the Southeastern defense, the Lions repeated as Southland Conference champions, made their second trip to the NCAA playoffs and finished ranked 12th and 14th, respectively, in the final FCS Coaches and Sports Network national polls. Scott's defense finished the season leading the nation in passing deficiency (94.30), while leading the Southland in total (293.2 ypg) and scoring (17.7 ppg) defense. Under Scott's tutelage, both senior linebacker Isiah Corbett and junior defensive back Harlan Miller earned All-America honors. Corbett and Miller were joined on the All-Southland Conference team by fellow SLU defenders Denzel Thompson, Jacob Newman, Tyler Stoddard, A.J. Bowen, Drew Misita, Jordan Batiste and Micah Eugene.

Scott's linebacker corps was a key factor in Southeastern's 2013 Southland Conference championship campaign. Leading the way was Cqulin Hubert, who was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year after posting a team-high 90 tackles (including 11 for loss) for a Lion defense that led the league in scoring defense. In addition, juniors Corbett (league-high 16 TFL, seven sacks) and Justin Church (8 TFL, five sacks) earned All-Southland Conference honors, while Misita contributed 80 tackles.

Scott led an active group of linebackers in 2012 that featured one of the leading tacklers in the Southland Conference (Kaleb Muse) and one of the top pass rushers in the league (Devan Walker). Muse led Southeastern with 80 tackles on the season with Hubert (60), Walker (46) and Misita (43) among a group of eight players with 40 or more stops.

Walker, who played his final season at linebacker after three seasons at defensive end, finished as the Lions' top player in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (7) while garnering All-Southland Conference honors and being invited to compete in the Texas vs. Nation Collegiate All-Star Game. Before he arrived in Hammond, Scott served as recruiting coordinator, defensive backs coach and linebackers coach in his four-year stint with Tusculum, a Division II school.

In five years in collegiate coaching at Tusculum and Delta State University, Scott was associated with programs that won two conference championships, made a pair of trips to the NCAA Division II Playoffs and earned two national rankings. In his first two years at Tusculum, he was responsible for the linebacker corps. Scott made an immediate impact in his first Tusculum campaign, mentoring two All-Conference and All-Region linebackers in Justin Scott and Jarvis Littlejohn. Both players each recorded over 100 tackles as the Pioneers won the South Atlantic Conference championship. Scott garnered All-America recognition, while establishing school season (22) and career (51) marks for tackles for loss. Justin Scott also finished his career with seven recovered fumbles, a new school best.

Prior to Tusculum, Scott spent one season at Delta State, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Statesmen in 2007. In his lone season at DSU, he helped the Statesmen to a 10-2 record and a Gulf South Conference championship, while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and earning a No. 10 national ranking. Scott helped orchestrate one of the top defenses in the nation, while mentoring All-American linebacker Michael Eubanks. Eubanks was a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which recognizes the National Player of the Year in Division II. Eubanks, who finished third in the Harlon Hill balloting, ended his collegiate career as the NCAA II leader in sacks (39) and third all-time in career tackles for loss (67.5).

He also coached All-Conference standouts Lardester Hicks and Anthony King in 2007, while serving on the coaching staff for DSU head coach and former Tusculum defensive coordinator Ron Roberts. The Statesmen led the nation in pass efficiency defense (77.9) and was second in the country in total defense (227.4 yards per game), scoring defense (13.9 points per game) and team pass sacks (4.0 sacks per game). DSU was also third in the land in rushing defense, allowing just 67.3 yards per contest on the ground.

Scott played his collegiate career at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in Exercise and Sports Studies. Following his graduation from McMurry, he served on the coaching staff at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene where he coached the linebackers. The safeties coaching position was made available as former safeties coach Blake Baker assumes the defensive coordinator and linebackers responsibilities.

Scott's hiring is pending approval from the University of Louisiana System (ULS) Board of Supervisors.