After interest from Florida State, Lance Guidry to stay at McNeese
LAKE CHARLES – After being in talks for a position on the coaching staff at Florida State, McNeese head coach Lance Guidry will remain the head coach at McNeese.
“I’m truly grateful to Coach (Willie) Taggart for his interest in me for a position on staff at Florida State,” said Guidry. “However, at this time, it just didn’t work out for either party and I’m excited to remain at McNeese Cowboy.
“We have a lot of great things going on here at McNeese,” said Guidry. “There’s a lot to be excited about this coming season and the coming years.”
Taggart and Guidry coached together at Western Kentucky in 2011 and 2012 when Taggart was the head coach and Guidry the defensive coordinator. Guidry later became the team’s interim head coach for the 2012 Little Caesar’s Bowl when Taggart left prior to the game to take over the head coaching spot at South Florida.
“I’m very excited that Lance Guidry will be remaining our head football coach,” said Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill. “We’ve got momentum building heading into the new season with a lot of positive things to be proud of. The fact that Lance was sought after for a position at Florida State shows the respect that McNeese has nationwide at the Power 5 schools.”
In 2017, Guidry reassumed the role as the defensive coordinator one year after relinquishing the duties while in his first year as head coach in 2016. That year McNeese finished with a 6-5 record and slumped in the defensive area without Guidry’s guidance.
This past season, he spearheaded a defense that ended the season ranked No. 1 in the FCS in rushing with a school and Southland Conference record 54.5 yards per game allowed. That average also ranked as the seventh-lowest amount allowed in the history of the FCS.
In addition to the rushing defense ranking, the Cowboys ranked No. 1 in the nation in 3rd-down conversion defense (23.8 percent) as well as ranking second in first downs defense (150); third in defensive touchdowns (5); fifth in total defense (262.5 ypg); sixth in red zone defense (63.0 percent) and turnovers gained (26); seventh in passes intercepted (16); and ninth in tackles for a loss per game (8.2).
The Cowboys also ranked 13th in scoring defense (17.1 ppg) and were 17th in pass efficiency defense (109.69).
In the Southland Conference rankings, Guidry’s defense ranked No. 1 in eight statistical categories and second in three others.
The unit tied a NCAA all-division record against Incarnate Word on Oct. 21 when the Cowboys intercepted four passes returned for touchdowns. And in five games on the year, the defense did not allow a touchdown by its opponent.
Guidry and the Cowboys will open spring practice on Feb. 28 with the spring game scheduled for March 24.
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