Offensive Coaching Staff
Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Now in his second stint as offensive coordinator, Greg Stevens returned to the Southeastern Louisiana football program in January 2018.
Stevens returns to Hammond, where he was the offensive coordinator for former head coach Ron Roberts’ first two seasons at SLU. His second season saw the Lions win the 2013 Southland Conference championship and make the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Playoffs.
Stevens comes back to the Southeastern campus after spending four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois. During his first season at EIU, the Panthers ranked among the national leaders in total offense (480.1 ypg, 13th), rushing offense (236.3 ypg, 11th) and scoring offense (31.3 ppg, 38th). His 2014 EIU offense featured a pair of All-Americans and six All-OVC performers.
Stevens’ debut season in Hammond saw the Lions post a 5-2 record in Southland Conference play. His 2012 SLU offense featured four All-Southland Conference performers. Stevens’ tutelage of quarterback Nathan Stanley led to the Lion senior’s participation in the East-West Shrine Game and the Casino del Sol Collegiate All-Star Classic.
The 2013 Southeastern offense was the most prolific in the history of the program under Stevens’ command. Led by Southland Conference Player of the Year and LSWA Offensive Player of the Year Bryan Bennett, SLU finished with an 11-3 record and a 7-0 mark in league play.
The Lion offense featured a pair of All-Americans in Bennett and running back Xavier Roberson, as Southeastern placed 10 offensive players on the All-Southland Conference teams. SLU set single-season records that still stand for rushing yards (3,271), rushing touchdowns (42), points scored (538) and total touchdowns (70). Bennett’s 3,145 yards passing and 21 passing touchdowns were among the best in school history, while the Lion quarterback also set a school record with 16 rushing touchdowns in his debut season under Stevens’ direction.
Stevens first worked with Roberts staff at Delta State. In his two years as offensive coordinator, the Statesmen advanced to the 2010 Division II national championship game and the 2011 national semifinals. His offenses both ranked 12th nationally, as he mentored Micah Davis to a third place showing in the Harlon Hill Trophy voting and coached three-time All-American Trevar Deed – the only player in Gulf South Conference history to finish his career with 2,000 yards both rushing and receiving.
Prior to joining Roberts, Stevens spent four seasons as the wide receivers coach at Utah State. Offensive coordinator stints at Stephen F. Austin (2002-04) and Arkansas-Monticello (1999-2001) preceded his time at USU. Stevens also spent time at Mesa State (1992-94), Eastern Arizona (1995-97) and Snow Junior College (1998).
A 1992 graduate of Eastern Oregon, Stevens was an All-Conference quarterback at Snow JC before concluding his career at his alma mater, where he was team MVP as a senior. The Ephraim, Utah native is married to the former Amy Steadman and they have three children, Tyler, Ryan and Hannah.
Centers & Guards/Camp Coordinator
Travis Mikel is in his sixth year as an assistant coach on the Southeastern Louisiana University staff and will be coaching centers and guards under head coach Frank Scelfo. Before his arrival in Hammond, Mikel spent three seasons at Delta State under former SLU head coach Ron Roberts, including the last two years as offensive line coach.
Mikel returned to the Lions in 2016 after spending the 2015 season as an assistant coach at Hammond High School. The 2016 Lion offensive line was led by senior Taylor Gadbois, who earned third team Associated Press All-America honors. Gadbois was also named first team All-Louisiana and All-Southland Conference and was joined on the all-conference team by junior Travis Romero.
Mikel’s 2017 offensive line helped the Lions finish the season ranked third nationally with 283.1 rushing yards per game. Juniors Maea Teuhema and Jermaine Jones both earned All-Southland Conference honors under Mikel’s tutelage.
Mikel’s offensive line group helped SLU’s prolific offense in 2014, as the Lions repeated as Southland Conference champions. Mikel oversaw the development of first team All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana senior tackle Jonathan Braddock. Junior guard/center Joe Graves joined Braddock on the all-league team, while also earning CoSIDA Academic All-District VI, FCS ADA Academic All-Star and Southland Conference All-Academic honors.
The 2013 Lions had one of the top offensive seasons in program history, thanks in large part to the work of Mikel’s offensive line troops. The talented offensive line included a pair of first team All-Southland Conference selections in senior left tackle Gasten Gabriel and senior center Marshall Paris. Joining Gabriel and Paris on the All-Southland team were honorable mention selections Graves and Braddock. Graves was also outstanding in the classroom, earning first team CoSIDA Academic All-District VI and Southland Conference All-Academic accolades.
In his first season at Southeastern, Mikel worked an offensive line that was paced by All-Southland Conference performer Gabriel. Along with fellow starters Paris, Geremy Wilson, Corey Boothe and Paul Roppolo, the offensive line gelled as the season progressed, opening holes for freshmen running backs Xavier Roberson and Rasheed Harrell while limiting opponents to five sacks in seven league games.
At Delta State, Mikel coached Division II All-Americans Chad Schroeder (2008), Trevar Deed (2008-2010), Brad Latham (2009), Phillip Yandall (2010) and Darrell Leopold (2011). He also worked with 10 All-GSC and All-South Region Statesmen.
The DSU offensive line, under Mikel’s guidance, helped the Statesmen finish 12th in Division II in total offense and 21st nationally in passing offense. The Statesmen led the Gulf South Conference in scoring offense while the offensive line helped pave the way for quarterback Micah Davis to finish third overall for the Harlon Hill Trophy – the Division II equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.
In 2010, Mikel helped guide the Statesmen to the NCAA DII National Championship game and their third Gulf South Conference title in four years with an 11-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the GSC. DSU fell short of their goal of winning the title on a last second game-winning field goal by Minnesota-Duluth 20-17.
In Mikel’s first season as offensive line coach, the Statesmen allowed the fewest sacks in the Gulf South Conference while producing one of the top offenses in NCAA Division II. DSU averaged 31.9 points and 452.9 yards of total offense per game.
Mikel’s linemen allowed Davis to become the first 4,000-yard passer in school history while Deed shattered the school all-purpose yardage (5,144) and scoring (264 points/44 touchdowns) records.
Yandall (LT) and Leopold (C) earned postseason honors for DSU under Mikel’s direction. Yandall was named a Daktronics Honorable Mention All-American while both Yandall and Leopold were named All-GSC and All-South Region.
In 2009, the Statesmen offense averaged 410.4 yards per game, while scoring 27.1 points per game. Senior quarterback Garrett DeWitt closed his career as the second-leading passer in school history with 6,945 yards, while amassing 7,145 yards of total offense. Junior all-purpose back Deed finished the regular season leading the GSC in scoring with 15 total touchdowns.
With assistance from Mikel, four-year starter Brad Latham (OL) was named to the All-GSC First Team and All-Super Region Two teams. Latham also participated in the Cactus Bowl, the Division II All-Star Game in Kingsville, Texas.
In 2008, the Statesmen receiving corps proved to be one of the best in the Gulf South Conference and the nation. Two Statesmen, Schroeder (AFCA) and Deed (FB Gazette) received All-American honors after the season.
A 2007 graduate of Delta State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Mikel was a 2006 Honorable Mention All-American, as well as an All-Gulf South Conference Second Team member.
From 2004-2007, Mikel served in several positions along the offensive line. Mikel’s All-American nod came while serving as center during his junior year.
Mikel and his wife Rainey reside in Hammond. The couple welcomed their first child, Cam, in January 2017.
Special Teams Coordinator/WR
Former NFL wide receiver and kick returner Michael Spurlock has joined the Southeastern Louisiana football staff and will be the program’s wide receivers coach and special teams coach beginning in the 2018 season.
A native of Indianola, Mississippi, Spurlock is entering his fourth season of his coaching career. His stints include stops at Philadelphia High School (2015, assistant coach), Coahoma Community College (2016, running backs coach/special teams coordinator), Dallas Cowboys (2016, special teams and defensive backs assistant) and UTSA (2017, special teams quality control/linebacker assistant/special teams quality control).
Spurlock spent 2006-14 as a receiver and kickoff/punt returner in the National Football League. Originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2006, Spurlock also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
During his time in the NFL, he became the first player in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history to return a kickoff for a touchdown against a New Orleans Saints team that went on to win Super Bowl XLIV. The only player in San Diego Chargers’ history to return a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the same season, Spurlock finished his career with 3,374 total return yards and five return touchdowns, along with 46 catches for 494 yards and three scores.
Spurlock spent his collegiate career at Ole Miss, where in 2005 he was the Rebels’ starting quarterback for eight games as a senior and represented the program at SEC Media Days. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss in 2005 and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2015.
Assistant Football Coach - Running backs
A veteran coach with over two decades of collegiate experience, Garret Chachere joins the Southeastern Louisiana football staff for the 2018 season. Chachere will coach the team’s running backs and serve as the SLU passing game coordinator.
Chachere most recently was the offensive coordinator at New Mexico Highlands for the 2017 season. NMHU was one of 10 Division II teams to average over 5.0 yards a carry last season. The Cowboys improved over 80 spots in the national rankings in total, passing and rushing offense from the previous season.
Prior to his time at New Mexico Highlands, Chachere spent four seasons on the coaching staff at the University of California, including the final two as associate head coach. He was the Golden Bears’ running back coach in 2016, mentoring the duo of Khalfani Muhammad and Tre Watson, who combined for 1,536 rushing yards under Chachere’s tutelage.
He coached the linebackers in 2014 and 2015 at Cal, after opening his tenure in Berkeley as the defensive ends coach in 2013. The 2015 defense helped the Bears to their first eight-win season since 2009 and a win in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The defense improved in every category from the previous season, including allowing 9.1 less points per game than the previous season.
Chachere spend the 2012 campaign at Southern Miss as the Golden Eagles’ special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, after spending three seasons on the offensive staff at Arizona. He was the running backs coach for the Wildcats in 2011, after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the wide receivers coach.
His first two seasons in Arizona saw the Wildcats compete in the Holiday and Alamo Bowls. The 2010 Wildcats featured the nation’s ninth-ranked passing offense, as Chachere’s charges David Douglas (52 passes, 515 cards, five touchdowns) and David Roberts (44-487) were standouts for Arizona.
Chachere oversaw one of the nation’s top special team units during the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Memphis. Both of his campaigns with the Tigers ended with Memphis competing in bowl games – the 2007 New Orleans Bowl and 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl.
From 1999-2006, Chachere was the linebackers coach at Tulane and the punt return coordinator for his first five seasons with the Green Wave. He mentored Anthony Cannon, a 2006 NFL Draft selection by the Detroit Lions. A first team All-Conference USA performer as a senior, Cannon posted four straight 100-tackle seasons under Chachere’s tutelage and ranked third all-time on the league’s career tackles list at the end of his Green Wave career.
Chachere also recruited running back Matt Forte to Tulane. The two-time Pro Bowler recorded 9,415 yards in his professional career and five seasons of 1,000 or more rushing yards.
Chachere was the tight ends coach during the 1998 season at ULM. He was the linebackers coach at Nicholls from 1995 to 1997. The 1996 Colonels finished with eight wins after being winless in 1995, posting the biggest one-year turnaround in Division I history at the time on the way to earning a playoff berth.
Chachere opened his coaching career with stints at Bucknell (1994, defensive backs/special teams coordinator), Bloomsburg (1993, defensive backs) and Cheney (1992, defensive backs/running backs).
Chachere played for the Green Wave in 1987 and 1988 and was a member of the 1987 Independence Bowl team under then-head coach Mack Brown. A 1992 graduate of Tulane, the New Orleans native and Brother Martin High School alum earned his bachelor’s degree in communication.
Chachere and his wife, Lauren, have three sons, Grant, Noah and Jackson.
Tackles & TE's
A.J. Hopp joined the Southeastern Louisiana football staff in 2018 and serves as the tight ends and offensive tackles coach for the Lions.
Hopp has spent the past five seasons as an offensive graduate assistant for three different programs. During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, he was an offensive graduate assistant and assistant offensive line coach at Florida Atlantic, where he worked with Freshman All-American Reggie Bain.
He moved on to Mississippi State for two seasons, both of which ended in bowl victories (Belk Bowl, 2015 and St. Petersburg Bowl, 2016). The 2016 Bulldogs finished with a school record 5.6 yards per rush and was second in the SEC in sacks allowed. Hopp worked with All-SEC performers Justin Senior and Martinas Rankin during his time in Starkville.
His most recent stop before coming to Hammond was a one-year stint at Houston. During the 2017 season, Hopp helped the Cougars increase their rushing yards per carry by 1.5 ypc and also allowed 1.5 less sacks and 1.72 less tackles for loss per game.
Hopp was an Academic All-American during his time as an offensive tackle at Slippery Rock University. He earned All-PSAC West honors as a senior after helping his team to the PSAC Western Division championship.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Hopp earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Slippery Rock in 2011. He also earned master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic (Educational Leadership, 2015) and Mississippi State (Teaching/Community College Education, 2016).