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.
Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
Ross Jenkins joined the Southeastern Louisiana football coaching staff as a special teams and offensive assistant in July 2018. Heading into the 2019 season, Jenkins was elevated to special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator, as well as working with the tight ends.
A three-year starter at quarterback at Louisiana Tech, the Houston, Texas native returns to Louisiana after multiple coaching stops. During Jenkins’ playing days, Southeastern head football coach Frank Scelfo was his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Jenkins spent the spring of 2018 as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Lake Erie College in Ohio. Prior to heading to Ohio, he spent five seasons at the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Wingate University.
During his time at Wingate, he was also in charge of the kick return units and coached all returners. In 2017, one of his charges, BJ Muckelvene, was a second team AFCA All-American selection.
The Bulldogs won the South Atlantic Conference championship last season, ranking 24th in the final national polls after a NCAA Division II playoff appearance. Jenkins also coached wide receiver Jordan Berry to four All-Conference seasons during his time at Wingate.
Prior to Wingate, he spent a season as the wide receivers coach at Murray State. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant and inside receivers coach at Eastern New Mexico.
A 2010 graduate of Louisiana Tech, Jenkins was a three-time WAC Scholar-Athlete Award winner on the way to earning his bachelor’s degree in business economics. He helped Louisiana Tech to an appearance in the 2008 Independence Bowl – the program’s first in 31 years – and was named the Terry Bradshaw Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Jenkins and his wife, Sara, wed in June 2017. The couple resides in Covington.
Interim Running Backs/Passing Game Coordinator
Kerry Joseph, one of the most accomplished players in the history of the Southland Conference, joined the Southeastern Louisiana football coaching staff as interim running backs coach and passing game coordinator in March 2019.
Joseph opened his coaching career at his alma mater, McNeese, where he spent the past three seasons as co-offensive coordinator. In 2016 and 2017, his duties included working with the team’s wide receivers, while he coached quarterbacks in 2018. He also served training camp internships with the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Joseph, a native of New Iberia, Louisiana, joined the coaching ranks after a near two-decade professional career that saw him play in the NFL, CFL, NFL Europe and World League.
He spent the majority of his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, playing in 56 games at safety from 1998-01. He made 14 starts in Seattle and intercepted three passes during the 2009 season.
His highest point as a pro came during the 2007 season as a member of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Joseph, the CFL’s Outstanding Player that season, helped the Roughriders to their third Grey Cup in school history.
As a quarterback at McNeese from 1992-95, Joseph led the Cowboys to 41 wins and three Southland Conference titles as a starter. During his time under center, McNeese won its first playoff game in school history (1992) and advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in 1995.
The Southland Conference and Louisiana Player of the Year as a senior, Joseph helped that 1995 Cowboy squad to a 13-1 record, as McNeese spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 nationally. A 2012 Southland Conference Hall of Honor inductee and a member of the McNeese Sports Hall of Fame, Joseph threw for 7,874 yards and a school record 67 touchdown passes during his four years in Lake Charles.
Special Teams Coordinator/WR
Former NFL wide receiver and kick returner Micheal Spurlock is his second season on the Southeastern Louisiana football staff and serves as the program’s wide receivers coach.
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.
Spurlock and his wife, Danielle, have six children: daughters E'Landria, Giselle, Macie and Payton, as well as sons Micheal Jr. and Micheal Christian.
Assistant Football Coach - Guards and Centers
Joe Scelfo, a former standout offensive lineman at North Carolina State and South Alabama, joined the Southeastern Louisiana football staff in March 2019.The Bogart, Georgia native works with the team’s guards and centers.
Scelfo got his start in the collegiate coaching ranks at NC State, where he was an offensive graduate assistant for the 2018 season. Scelfo was the Wolfpack’s starting center in his lone season in Raleigh, as he started all 13 games, led the team with 51 knockdown blocks and was tabbed the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Lineman.
Scelfo began his collegiate playing career at South Alabama, where he earned first team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2015. All told, he started all 49 games he played in during his collegiate career. He earned his bachelor’s degree from South Alabama in 2016.
He was the nation’s No. 12-ranked center by ESPN.com coming out of North Oconee High School, where he was a first-team all-state performer and the school’s all-time leader in pancake blocks. His father, Chris, is a former head coach at Tulane with more than three decades of collegiate and professional coaching experience and is currently the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.
Tackles & TE's
A.J. Hopp joined the Southeastern Louisiana football staff in 2018. After serving as the tight ends and offensive tackles coach for the Lions in his debut season, he will coach the offensive line in 2019.
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).