Anthony Camp leaves Nicholls to become ULM Defensive Line Coach

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As the defensive line coach, Anthony Camp played a key role in the resurgence of the Nicholls State program, which in 2017 made its first trip to the NCAA FCS playoffs in 12 years.

MONROE, La. – Anthony Camp, who served as an assistant coach at Nicholls State the last three years, has been named defensive line coach at ULM, according to an announcement made by head coach Matt Viator on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The 34-year-old Camp spent three seasons as the defensive line coach under Tim Rebowe at Nicholls (2015-17).

In 2017, the Colonels finished 8-4 overall, tied for third in the Southland Conference standings at 7-2, and appeared in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time since 2005. Nicholls ranked among the Southland leaders in scoring defense (third at 25.2 points per game), pass defense (third at 206.3 yards per game), total defense (third at 352.2 ypg.), sacks (third with 34 for 218 yards) and rushing defense (fourth at 145.4 ypg.). Three of Camp’s defensive linemen finished among the league’s Top 10 in sacks, including sophomore Sully Laiche (fifth with 7.4 for 61 yards), junior Kenny Dotson (seventh with 6.5 for 44) and senior Marcel Andry (eighth with 5.5 for 36). Laiche and Dotson were both named second-team All-Southland last season.

In 2016, Nicholls’ defensive line produced 34 tackles for loss, including 19 sacks. As a true freshman, Laiche earned first-team All-Southland honors after recording 13 tackles for losses, including 9.5 sacks. He finished second in the conference and No. 12 in the NCAA FCS rankings with 0.86 sacks per game.

“We’re thrilled to have Anthony Camp join our ULM staff as the defensive line coach,” Viator said. “Over the last three years, Anthony played a key role in the resurgence of the Nicholls State football program, going from three wins in 2015, to five in 2016 and then the jump to eight wins and a trip to the FCS playoffs in 2017.

“He really did a great job in developing disruptive defensive linemen. Last season, Nicholls ranked among the Southland Conference leaders in virtually every defensive stat category.”

Camp arrived at Nicholls following six seasons as a high school coach in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In three seasons as the defensive coordinator, he helped Catholic High School to a combined record of 26-8 (.765) from 2012-14, including a District 5-5A co-championship in 2013 and an outright title in 2014. In his final season, the Bears went 9-2 and advanced to the Division I select quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

He previously spent three years as a defensive assistant at his prep alma mater, Parkview Baptist (2009-11), where the Eagles claimed the 2010 Class 3A title.

Camp launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at both McNeese State (2006-07) and Louisiana Lafayette (2008).

He was a two-year letterman (2004-05) as a defensive end for head coach Tommy Tate at McNeese. Camp earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from McNeese in 2007. He received a teaching certificate in secondary education from Louisiana College in 2009.

He is married to the former Aubre Lindsay of Baton Rouge.

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