Defensive Coaching Staff
Armed with over two decades of experience as an NFL assistant, Louie Cioffi joined the Southeastern Louisiana football staff as defensive coordinator in 2018.
Cioffi most recently was a defensive backs coach with the Cleveland Browns during the 2016 season. Prior to that, he spent two seasons with the Tennessee Titans as a defensive back coach in 2014 and 2015.
His first stint with the Browns came during the 2013 season. His secondary ranked eighth in the NFL in passing yards allowed and third in fewest yards per passing attempt (6.15). Cioffi guided cornerback Joe Haden and saftey T.J. Ward to their first Pro Bowl selections.
Prior to his time with the Browns, Cioffi coached the defensive backs for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 and 2012. Cioffi’s unit helped the Arizona defense lead the NFL in passer rating defense (71.2) and interception percentage (4.4%) in 2012. This same group also ranked second in interceptions (22), second in third-down efficiency (32.9%), fourth in takeaways (33), and fifth in passing yards allowed (200.8).
Under Cioffi’s tutelage, cornerback Patrick Peterson posted seven interceptions, which ranked fourth in the league, led the league with five fumble recoveries and earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2012. Safety Adrian Wilson earned a Pro Bowl invite following the 2011 season.
Before the Cardinals, Cioffi spent 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he coached six seasons (1997-2002) as a defensive assistant and eight years (2003-10) as assistant defensive backs coach. In his eight seasons with the defensive backs, the Bengals logged 150 interceptions, fifth most in the NFL during that time span. He joined the league in 1997 as the youngest (23) full-time assistant coach in the NFL at the time.
Cioffi began his coaching career in 1993 as a staff assistant with the New York Jets, where he remained for two seasons before coaching wide receivers for two seasons (1995-96) at C.W. Post University.
A native of Queens, New York, Cioffi was a 1995 graduate of SUNY-Stony Brook in political science. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Cecilia Elle, Corrine and Sigismondo Connor.
Asst. Head Coach/DL/Run Game Coordinator
Brandon Lacy begins his 10th season as a member of the Southeastern Louisiana football staff. Prior to the 2016 season, he added the title of assistant head coach. Since arriving at Southeastern, the Edmond, Oklahoma, native has served as the Lions’ defensive line coach after serving as the co-defensive coordinator in 2008 at Division II Angelo State University.
Lacy, a former defensive end at Kansas and a two-time Academic All Big 12 selection, brings an impressive resume to the Lion coaching staff that includes stints at Appalachian State, UT-Martin and Rice. Lacy was the Lions’ recruiting coordinator from 2012-17 and will serve as the run game coordinator beginning in 2018.
The 2017 Lion defensive line was one of the youngest under Lacy’s tutelage. Junior Jon Miller, sophomore Kurrell Vaughn and sophomore Fred Brown were the leaders up front for the Lion defense.
Lacy’s 2016 defensive line grouping was perhaps the deepest of his tenure. Among his group’s leaders were senior All-Southland Conference performers Jon Taylor and Anthony Murphy Jr.
In 2015, the Lion defensive line was one of the strengths of the Southeastern defense. Senior Ashton Henderson received the inaugural Piesman Award and was joined on the All-Southland Conference team by fellow senior A.J. Bowen.
Lacy’s defensive line corps helped the 2014 Southland Conference champions lead the league in scoring and total defense. Lacy’s group included a pair of All-Southland Conference selections in Jacob Newman and Bowen.
The 2013 Lion defensive line, under Lacy’s tutelage, was led by Newman. The newcomer was named second team All-Southland Conference after sharing the team lead with seven sacks and finishing among the Southland Conference leaders with 14.0 tackles for loss. The entirety of Lacy’s staring defensive line earned All-Southland accolades, as seniors Jeremy Williams and Greg Triay were honorable mention selections.
Under Lacy’s guidance in 2012, senior Tramaine Lucas was named an honorable mention All-Southland Conference performer while the Lion defense finished fourth overall in sacks with 25.
In 2010, Lacy guided a group of defensive linemen that recorded 25 of the Lions’ 28 sacks. Senior Nathan Clophus earned All-Southland Conference honors after he led the team with five sacks with Devan Walker posting four.
In his first season with the Lions in 2009, guided a young trio of Clophus, Walker and Lindsey Leavoy that combined for 98 tackles and 27 quarterback hurries.
Lacy served as co-defensive coordinator in 2008 at ASU, where he helped the Rams mold a run defense that finished second in the Lone Star Conference after finishing 12th the previous season.
From 2006-07, Lacy worked on the staff at Rice helping the Owls to a 7-6 record in 2006 and their first bowl appearance in 45 years. Working with the Rice defensive line, Lacy coached freshman All-American Cheta Ozougwu and All Conference USA freshman Scott Solomon.
Lacy spent one season at UT Martin where he served as running backs coach and helped guide the Skyhawks to their first winning season in 12 years. Among his pupils was Donald Chapman, who rushed for over 1,300 yards and was named All-Ohio Valley Conference.
Lacy got his coaching start at FCS power Appalachian State in 2003, working under legendary coach Jerry Moore. During his two-year stay in Boone, Lacy helped the Mountaineers to consecutive winning seasons while helping to mold some of the top players in school history that included four eventual Buck Buchanan award nominees (KT Stovall, Cory Lynch, Jeremy Wiggins, Marques Murrell).
Lacy played two seasons at UT Martin where he led the Skyhawks in sacks both seasons and was a four-time OVC Defensive Player of the Week. He played his final two seasons at KU, playing for coaches Terry Allen and Mark Mangino, while earning the Jayhawk Scholar Athlete Award and being named to the KU Honor Roll three times.
Lacy earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at KU in 2003 and received graduate credit in Sport Psychology from Rice. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association, the Black Coaches Association and has membership in both the Oklahoma and Texas High School Coaches Association.
Lacy and his wife, Jessica, reside in Hammond and are the parents of three sons, Tre, Brandon, Jr., and Julius.
Patterson, Louisiana native Tarance Calais joined the Southeastern Louisiana football coaching staff in 2018, serving as the team’s secondary coach and recruiting coordinator.
Calais came to Hammond after spending the past two seasons at East Texas Baptist University. In 2017, he served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Tigers, after opening his ETBU career as special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2016.
Under Calais’ watch, ETBU finished with 71 sacks and 33 tackles for loss in 2017. Linebacker Ty Parsons set a new single-season school record with 135 tackles. In 2016, he worked with All-ASC selections Sam Williams and Zac Biles. Williams would go on to sign with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Rough Riders.
His collegiate coaching career began as the defensive backs coach at UT-Permian Basin in 2015. He also previously had stops at Morgan City High School and Patterson High School.
He was a four-year letter winner and All-WAC selection as a defensive back for the Techsters. As a junior, he set the Louisiana Tech record with a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown versus San Jose State. He accumulated 171 tackles (eight for loss), two interceptions and two sacks in his time in Ruston.
Calais went on to play for the Calgary Stampede (CFL, 2012) and the Pittsburgh Power (AFL, 2013). A 2011 graduate of Louisiana Tech, he earned his degree in sociology.
Louisiana native and Southeastern Louisiana alumnus Chris Lachney joined the Lion football staff in 2018 and coaches SLU’s linebackers.
Lachney spent the 2017 season as the head coach at Riverside Academy. Prior to that, he served as defensive coordinator for the Rebels from 2012-16. During his time at Riverside, he helped the team to the 2016 Division III state championship and multiple district championships.
From 2008-11, Lachney was the defensive coordinator and strength coach at Brother Martin High School. He helped team to a district title in 2009.
Lachney got his coaching start at Pope John Paul High School, serving as assistant coach from 1998-2004, followed by serving as the head football and head powerlifting coach. He coached PJPHS to eight state powerlifting championships and was named the state coach of the year after each of those titles.
In 2005, Lachney was named the Small Schools Metro Coach of the Year by the New Orleans Times Picayune after leading Pope John Paul II to their second district championship in school history.
Lachney graduated from Southeastern in 2003, earning his bachelor’s degree in general studies. His wife, Tori, is a former Lady Lion softball player and SLU’s current Travel Coordinator. The couple welcomed a daughter, Blake, in December 2017.