Louisiana Tech signs assistant coaches to contracts

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One giant leap for staff stability.

Continuity among the football assistant coaches has been one of the biggest things Skip Holtz has struggled with since taking over Louisiana Tech.

From his first season in Ruston in 2013 to this past offseason, 21 on-field assistants have decided to leave Tech, as Holtz has averaged needing to replace three assistants each year.

The number that’s been more troubling — and has begun to grow more rapidly of late — has been coaches working at Louisiana Tech for less than 12 months. Overall during Holtz’s tenure, seven coaches have moved on after only one season, two of those coming as recently as off the 2019 staff with former defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and outside receiver coach Kenny Guiton departing for the same positions at Purdue and Colorado State, respectively.

Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan instructs quarterback Aaron Allen (3) during a fall camp practice inside Joe Aillet Stadium.

But during Friday afternoon’s University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors meeting that was reconvened from Thursday, Louisiana Tech athletic department had contracts for the football program’s assistant coaches approved, a big step in providing Holtz not only a chance for stability but perhaps more importantly, some assurance from the financial standpoint from the department’s perspective.

Nine of Tech’s 10 on-field assistant football coaches signed one-year deals, worth varying amounts, that went into effect March 1 and run out Feb. 28, 2021. This is the first time in the department’s history football assistants will be under contract. The athletic department, in partnership with the Louisiana Tech University, had agreed to use “best efforts to draft and approve contracts for assistants under Holtz’s previous deal.

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