Former TCU offensive coordinator named head coach
Mike Schultz has been named Lamar University’s head football coach. The news was announced by President Kenneth Evans and athletic director Jason Henderson. The former Texas Christian University offensive coordinator is the second head coach since the program was brought back in 2010.
“We are very excited to welcome Mike and his family to Lamar University,” Henderson said at a press conference Dec. 23. “He brings a wealth of experience to our head coaching position and has great Texas ties. I really like what he does on the offensive side of the ball. He plays a fun, up-tempo style of football that our kids will enjoy being a part of and our fans will enjoy watching.”
This is the first head coaching job for Schultz, who comes to Lamar following a 37-year coaching career.
“I’m a Texas guy; I grew up in a football family full of coaches,” he said. “I love Texas because of the tradition and culture of football in my home state.
“This is a great time to be at Lamar University. You’ve got great facilities here, great campus, you’ve got a great place to train athletes, and that’s what we do here — we develop student athletes.”
Schultz served as an offensive coordinator for his previous 16 seasons on the sidelines. During that time he produced some of the nation’s most prolific offenses, including 11 seasons at TCU where he coached All-Americans LaDainian Tomlinson and Andy Dalton.
“Mike has a proven track record of being able to develop players,” Henderson said. “He has the ability groom players helping them reach their goals, and playing at the next level. Mike’s ability to develop those players at TCU and other places really helped set him apart.”
Schultz, a Houston native, was most recently the offensive coordinator at Texas State from 2011-15. He was the offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State in 2010, Illinois in 2009 and coached at TCU from 1998-2008. Schultz has also had coaching jobs at New Mexico, Texas, Kansas State and UTEP.
Shultz said what drew him to Lamar was the school’s location.
“The next thing that I think is really nice about this school is the community, and we plan to be involved in the community,” he said. “The football team will be active in the community and they will take part in it.”
It wasn’t only the community that impressed him, Schultz said, but also the amount of talent in the area.
“I want to build a wall around Southeast Texas to keep these athletes in,” he said. “The Golden Triangle is probably the best location to recruit athletes in the nation, and we gotta start recruiting better to have a better product out on the field.”
In Schultz’s plan, the right recruiting of local talent will lead to a South Land Conference title.
“I expect to win,” he said.
Story by Elisabeth Tatum, UP contributor