Head Coach Frank Scelfo
A veteran coach and Louisiana native, Frank Scelfo was named the 16th head football coach in school history on January 30, 2018.
Scelfo comes to Hammond with over 30 years of coaching experience. Scelfo takes over the Southeastern program 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.
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.
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, was the Super Bowl LII MVP after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 41-33 victory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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, Super Bowl LII MVP
"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
"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
"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
"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 Missouri