Segler named ULM Tight Ends Coach & Special Teams Coordinator

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Kyle Segler spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Sam Houston where he helped the Bearkats to a combined record of 86-27 from 2010-17, including seven consecutive trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs.

MONROE, La. – Kyle Segler, who served as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State for the last eight years, has been named tights coach and special teams coordinator at ULM, according to an announcement made by head coach Matt Viator. Segler officially joined the Warhawk coaching staff on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Sam Houston has compiled a combined record of 86-27 (.761) since 2010, including three Southland Conference Championships and seven consecutive NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearances. The Bearkats won at least 11 games in six of those eight seasons, including the last four in a row.

During his tenure, Segler worked for four years each under Willie Fritz (2010-13) and K.C. Keeler (2014-17). Since joining the Bearkat staff in 2010, he coached the offensive tackles and tight ends, and in 2016, he added the duties as special teams coach.

“We’re really excited to add Kyle Segler to the ULM coaching staff,” Viator said. “I competed against him for a long time, and I’ve been impressed by what he accomplished at Sam Houston. There are some similarities between our offensive schemes, so I expect there to be a lot of carry-over.”

In 2017, the Kats went 12-2, finished second in the Southland standings at 8-1, advanced to the NCAA FCS semifinals and ranked third and fourth in final FCS Coaches and STATS Polls, respectively. Sam Houston led the FCS in scoring offense (43.3 points per game), total offense (538.1 yards per game) and passing offense (362.7 ypg.). The Kats also ranked among the national leaders in blocked kicks (tied for second with 8) and punt returns (sixth with 14.9 avg.), including three returns for touchdowns. Davion Davis averaged 21.6 yards on 13 punt returns, including two TDs. Jaylen Harris finished third in the Southland and ranked No. 24 in kickoff returns with his 23.8-yard average, including one score. Kicker Tre Honshtein led the FCS with a school-record 22 field goals and tied for the nation’s lead win scoring with 132 points.

In 2016, Sam Houston led the FCS in total offense (547.3 ypg.) and scoring offense (49.5 ppg.) while finishing second in passing offense (368.3 ypg.) and fourth in passing efficiency (165.7 rating). The Kats also led the Southland in kickoff coverage (43.4 net avg.) and ranked second in both kickoff returns (23.2 avg.) and punting (38.1 net avg.). Joseph Figenshaw was named first-team All-Southland after leading the league in punting average at 44.2 while Jaylen Harris earned second-team all-conference honors after producing a school single-season record 1,020 kickoff return yards.

In 2015, the Bearkats led the FCS in total offense (531.7 ypg.) and ranked among the nation’s Top 10 in scoring offense (fifth at 41.1 ppg.) and rushing offense (254.5 ypg.). Sam Houston set the Southland single-season record with 7,975 yards total offense – the third-highest single-season total in FCS history.

Segler helped developed four All-Americans (five selections overall): Chris Crockett (2011), Travis Watson (2011), Kaleb Hopson (2012) and Donald Jackson III (2014-15). He also tutored seven first-team All-Southland selections, including Crockett (2011), Watson (2011), Hopson (2012), tight end T.J. Jones (2012) and Jackson (2013-14-15). In 2015, Jackson also was selected Southland Offensive Tackle of the Year.

In his first two seasons at Sam Houston, Segler’s offensive linemen paved the way for a unit that broke 35 school records.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, he spent the 2009 season coaching at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, helping relaunch a football program that was discontinued in 1945.

Segler was an offensive lineman on Sam Houston’s team that won a share of the Southland regular-season title, advanced to the FCS semifinals and finished 11-3. He earned two degrees from Sam Houston, receiving his bachelor’s in kinesiology in 2006 and his Master’s in sports management in 2010.

Segler and his wife Ashley, who played softball for Sam Houston, have a daughter: Landry.

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