Defensive Coaching Staff
Veteran coach and Louisiana native Lance Guidry joined the Southeastern Louisiana football coaching staff as defensive coordinator in January 2019.
Guidry comes to Hammond after spending the past six seasons at Southland Conference rival McNeese – the last three as head coach of the Cowboys. All told, Guidry spent 12 seasons in Lake Charles, during which McNeese compiled a 98-45 overall record, including a 60-24 mark in Southland Conference play. During his most recent stint in Lake Charles, he mentored Southland Defensive Players of the Year BJ Blunt (2018) and Wallace Scott (2015).
Guidry has been a part of McNeese staffs that helped the Cowboys to four Southland Conference championships and six appearances in the FCS playoffs, including a trip to the 2002 FCS championship game. A 6-5 finish in 2018 extended the team’s consecutive streak of winning seasons to 14.
Guidry’s experience in the Southland Conference dates back to his playing days with the Cowboys. A 1995 McNeese graduate and two-time all-conference strong safety, Guidry helped McNeese to a pair of conference titles and playoff appearances during his collegiate career.
Guidry’s Louisiana roots run deep, as the Lions’ new defensive coordinator is a graduate of Welsh High School and has 20 seasons of experience coaching in the Pelican State. In addition to his 12 seasons at McNeese, Guidry’s coaching career also features stops at Leesville and Carencro High School.
In recent seasons, Guidry has overseen dominant defenses consistently, highlighted by his units in both the 2015 and 2017 seasons. His 2017 Cowboys led the nation and set a new Southland record with 54.5 rushing yards per game allowed – the seventh-lowest average allowed in FCS history.
Guidry’s 2017 McNeese defense propelled the Cowboys to a 9-2 record, ranking in the top 10 nationally in third-down conversion defense (23.8 percent, 1st
), first downs allowed (150, 2nd
), defensive touchdowns (5, 3rd
), total defense (262.5 ypg, 5th
), red zone defense (63.0 percent, 6th
), turnovers forced (26, 6th
), interceptions (16, 7th
) and tackles for loss per game (8.2, 9th
That season the Cowboys held five teams without an offensive touchdown, including Southeastern in a 13-3 McNeese victory in Lake Charles. That year’s Lions’ offense averaged 428.1 total yards, 283.1 rushing yards and 34.8 points per game.
In 2015, McNeese won the Southland Conference title and finished with a perfect regular season record thanks in large part to a dominant defense. Guidry’s charges ranked 12th
in the nation in total defense, third in scoring defense and fourth in rushing defense.
Prior to his most recent stint at McNeese, Guidry was the defensive coordinator for two seasons at Western Kentucky and served as the interim coach for the Hilltoppers in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl - the program’s first-ever bowl appearance.
At WKU, he coached three NFL draft picks in defensive end Quanterous Smith, linebacker Andrew Jackson and safety Jonathan Dowling. His 2012 defense led the Sun Belt Conference in total defense, sacks, pass defense efficiency and first downs allowed.
Before coaching at Western Kentucky, he was defensive backs coach at Miami (Ohio) for two seasons. The 2010 Redhawks were 10-4 and won, 35-21, over Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl with Guidry serving as interim head coach.
Guidry and his wife, Starlet, are the parents of Janzen, Madison, Alexis and Kaitlyn, and the grandparents of Ethan, Kash and Laisson.
Assistant Head Footballl Coach/Defensive Line
Raymond Monica joined the Southeastern Louisiana football staff as assistant head coach and the defensive line coach in January 2019.
The Garyville, Louisiana native and East St. John High School alumnus comes to Hammond with nearly three decades of collegiate coaching experience.
Monica spent the previous six seasons as head coach at Division II Arkansas Tech. During his tenure, the Wonder Boys made a pair of postseason bowl appearances and finished with a 34-34 record.
Prior to his time in Arkansas, he spent seven seasons as the head coach at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Monica led the Golden Bears to consecutive playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011, including the program’s first-ever Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference championship in 2011.
Monica’s 2011 squad finished the season ranked sixth in the national rankings. The finish in the rankings and the 11 wins posted by KU in 2011 marked the best showings in the history of the program.
A 1990 graduate of North Alabama, he started his full-time coaching career at his alma mater following graduation. Monica served as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Lions, who won consecutive national championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995 under head coach Bobby Wallace.
In 1997, Monica went with Wallace to Temple, where he would spend the next eight seasons. Monica was the Owls’ defensive coordinator throughout his tenure, serving as assistant head coach in each of the final seven seasons.
During his time in Philadelphia, Monica was named one of the top assistant coaches in the country by Sports Illustrated in its 2003 College Football preview. Described by the publication as one of the nation’s “Wise Guides”, Monica was lauded by SI for being “the best in the nation at getting ordinary players to do extraordinary things.”
Among his charges included 2002 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year Dan Klecko, as well as fellow future NFL players in Rian Wallace, Raheem Brock, Russell Newman and Calvin Wilkinson.
Monica and his wife, Linda, are the parents of Ray, Lindsay and Austin.
Patterson, Louisiana native Tarence Calais is in his second season on the Southeastern Louisiana football coaching staff. Calais coaches the team's secondary.
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.
Calais and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Landen and a daughter, Aubrie.
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.