Miles Introduces Additions to Coaching Staff

LSU's Cooper, Chavis, Miles and Haley
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BATON ROUGE -- On Friday, LSU football coach Les Miles introduced three new members of the Tigers 2009 coaching staff, including defensive coordinator John Chavis, defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and defensive line coach Brick Haley. Watch the press conference free in the Geaux Zone now.

LSU Defensive Coaches Introduction
January 16, 2009

Head Coach Les Miles

Opening Statement ...
“Anytime that you lose staff members it’s imperative that you improve your staff and that was certainly the goal. I looked for guys that had experience in the greatest conference in the country and had success in that conference. I looked for guys that historically over time had taught young men to pursue excellence on the football field as a mark of that is coaches that have a number of men playing in the NFL that they coached in college. I looked for good people. I looked for people who represent the ideals and values of LSU and college football. I’m very fortunate in my opinion to have hired three men that give us exactly what we need to push for excellence here and to win championships.”

On Coach Chavis in the recruiting process ...
“I can tell you that John’s reputation that has preceded him. I can’t tell you how many high school coaches and people on the perimeter came out of the wood work to say ‘you hired the right guy’ and how much his reputation will add to what we’re building here at LSU.”

Closing Statement ...
“I promise you this, I reviewed them, I’ve interviewed them, I knew them and they’re what we need. They’re exactly what we need. We’ll do a great job preparing a defense and it will augment our team. These are team men, they’re family men and they’ll mentor our players and it’s exactly right.”

Defensive Coordinator John Chavis

Opening Statement ...
“I’ve really enjoyed this process in the last week and half and getting to know Coach Miles and the things that he talked about that he looked for he stands for and that’s what impressed me the most. I’m delighted to be here at LSU. I understand the history of the SEC. I’m delighted to be working for Coach Miles. I think he’s a great man, that’s obvious. It’s going to be a great situation and certainly we look forward to getting this thing going and obviously the biggest thing is to finish up recruiting, getting to know our players, spending time with them, we’re putting in a new system. It will be very similar but there will be some things that are different that our players will have to learn. It’s going to be an exciting time for us all here and obviously one of the things that appeals to me most about LSU is the ability to win championships and that’s what I come in here expecting to do. I’m not going to make any promises to anybody so I’m not going to put Coach (Miles) on the spot, but certainly when you think about LSU that’s the first thing that comes to mind- championships and doing things the right way and certainly since I’ve been here that’s what I’ve seen; that’s what I saw from afar and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

On what attracted him to the LSU job ...
“Obviously it hadn’t been that long since they (LSU) were in the championship and did a great job. I think talent-wise they’ve done a great job recruiting. I think the university sells itself from that standpoint and the more I find out about it, the more I get excited, but a big part of it was Coach Miles and being able to work for him and knowing what he stands for and what he believes in as a guy that’s representing the program here at LSU. So I was excited about that and excited about the talent that you saw with an opportunity to go out and recruit and be competitive in recruiting. All those things are things that you need in place. You look at the great fan support there is here and you have to have that kind of support to be able to do the things that you want to do to win championships. The bottom line is winning and championships are what you’re geared towards winning.”

On the talent of the recruits at LSU ...
“I think when you start looking at the base for recruiting here certainly I think there’s a lot more big time athletes in this proximity compared to what I’m used to. We’re not going to coach any different. I think we’ve done a great job in the past of developing student-athletes. We’re going to hold them to high standards and expect a lot out of them. We’re going to expect them to do the things that the students normally do and be great students and be great representatives of the program here at LSU and we’re going to expect them to be champions on the field. That’s what coaching is all about bringing the best out of the young men you have to work with and I think we’re going to have some outstanding young people to work with. We’ve got a lot of work to look forward to getting into spring practice and getting our system in and getting the things taught  that we need to get taught and getting them ready to represent LSU in the way we expect them to do.”
Secondary Coach Ron Cooper

Opening Statement ...
“It’s definitely an honor and a pleasure to be here and be part of the LSU family. My family and I are really excited. I’ve got three kids and my wife and they’re actually in town this weekend visiting for the first time and we’re excited about being here, there’s no doubt. As I came over to visit with Coach (Miles) two weeks ago I was totally impressed. In coaching you look for the right combination, you look for the right feel, but it didn’t take long. I’ve known Coach Miles for a long time, but there are not a lot of coaches that are fired up like he’s fired up about a situation and about the things that can happen here at LSU. There’s no doubt in my mind that there is going to be success. I was also excited as I sat at the Outback Bowl the night before that game and watched the LSU football team play in the (Chick-fil-A) bowl game. A lot of times you can tell the character of a program when people think they’re down and out and the game won’t even be close and the way that this football team competed after the things they had gone through shows the overall character and where this program is. So I’m excited and love what I’ve seen so far and we’re looking forward to knowing all players and know the fans and I’m excited to be part of the LSU family.”

Defensive Line Coach Brick Haley

Opening Statement ...
“Coming here is a really special treat for me in having an opportunity to come over here and work for Coach Miles and this university. I know Coach Chavis talked about the university and the tradition and the opportunity to win championships here are great. That intrigued me and Coach Chavis actually coached me in college. I was a position player for him, so it was an opportunity for us to work together again, something we had talked about before. So this opportunity came about and I’m very glad to be here. Since I’ve been here it’s been so family oriented. I’m really excited about the opportunity to be here and to coach some of the guys that I’ve seen. Kind of like Coach Cooper said earlier, I had an opportunity to watch the bowl game, which I was very excited about what I saw upfront. I thought that there was a bunch of quality players here and hopefully will get to work with them and make them a little bit better and hopefully make the season a little bit better. My wife and kids are actually en route right now to get here. I have two boys, 8 and 5, which one loves football and the other one we’re not sure yet,  he kind of thinks he does. We’re excited about being here and the opportunity here. When I first pulled up and saw the stadium here I was like ‘wow.’ I didn’t have that feeling when I walked into Soldier Field. It’s a little different, college football is exciting. I want to be a part of that and I’m glad Coach Miles gave me an opportunity to come back and be part of such a great place. I can always remember not wanting to come over here and play at night. That was one of my greatest fears in college coaching, coming to play in Baton Rouge at night. Hopefully we can strike that same fear in some other people.”




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