Welsh, Louisiana Native Joins Tulane’s Football Coaching Staff
This coach was a star football player for the Welsh Greyhounds and the McNeese Cowboys, plus he went on to be become the head coach of the Pokes in 2016.
Coach Lance Guidry was born on March 25, 1971 in Welsh, Louisiana. After finishing his college football career, he began coaching at Mcneese as a graduate assistant in 1994.
While playing defensive back at McNeese Guidry was an All-SLC defensive back from 1990-93, a 1993 team captain, and 1st team All-SLC in 1993.
Lance Guidry's Coaching Career:
- 1994 McNeese State (GA)
- 1995–1996 Leesville HS (LA) (DB)
- 1997–1999 Carencro HS (LA) (DC)
- 2000–2001 McNeese State (DB)
- 2002–2003 McNeese State (DC/DB)
- 2005–2007 Carencro HS (LA)
- 2008 McNeese State (DB)
- 2009–2010 Miami (OH) (DB)
- 2010 Miami (OH) (interim HC)
- 2011–2012 Western Kentucky (DC)
- 2012 Western Kentucky (interim HC)
- 2013–2015 McNeese State (AHC/DC)
- 2016–2018 McNeese State
- 2019 Southeastern Louisiana (DC)
- 2020 Florida Atlantic (S)
- 2021–2022 Marshall (DC/S)
- 2022-present Tulane (DC)
Head Coach Willie Fritz has been slowly turning around the Tulane football program since he took the reins in 2016. This past season the Green Wave came off a 2-10 record in 2021 to shock the world with a 12-2 in 2022 and upset USC in the Cotton Bowl.
The first thing I thought when I heard that Tulane had hired Guidry was they're setting him up to be their heir apparent to Fritz. He has head coaching experience and has made mistakes to learn from. I think that's the most important aspect of the hiring. Guidry knows what didn't work before and will be able to navigate a team and staff better than before.
Coach Fritz is 62 years old. I would imagine he probably has another 3-4 years of coaching left in him. That will give Guidry enough time to get acclimated to the program and the players before, I presume, he's promoted to head coach when Fritz retires.
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