Ed Orgeron, who led the Tigers to a 5-2 mark as interim coach over the final two months of the 2016 season was named LSU's permanent head football coach on Nov. 26, 2016, two days after the Tigers defeated Texas A&M, 54-39, to finish the regular season with a 7-4 mark.
Orgeron, a native of Larose, Louisiana, is LSU's 33rd head football coach, and the first Louisiana native to serve as head coach of the Tigers since West Monroe native Jerry Stovall held the position for three seasons in the early 1980s.
Orgeron, who has also served as head coach at Ole Miss and Southern Cal, is 12-4 in his past 16 games as a head coach. Overall, Orgeron has a 22-29 overall mark as a collegiate head coach, which includes a 6-2 record at LSU and a 6-2 mark as Southern Cal's interim coach in 2013. Of Orgeron's six wins in his LSU debut season, four came against Southeastern Conference foes and all were by double-digits.
In his first game as LSU's permanent head coach, Orgeron guided the Tigers to a 29-9 win over No. 13 Louisville and its Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
The win over Louisville capped a remarkable turnaround for the Tigers under Orgeron, who assumed the role as interim coach of the Tigers a day after a disappointing 18-13 setback at Auburn. The loss to Auburn dropped LSU, a preseason favorite to contend for the national title, to 2-2 overall and out of the Top 25.
Orgeron wasted little time in getting the attention of the Tigers as he immediately instilled energy and enthusiasm into the program, shortened practices with crisp, high intensity workouts, kept the players fresh with more time in the meeting room and held the players accountable for all areas of the program.
With the “One Team. One Heartbeat” motto, the Tigers seemingly became a different team overnight and the results that LSU sought soon followed. As the head coach of the Tigers, Orgeron said he was going to “flip the script” and he assigned a theme for the daily practices.
LSU's practices have a descriptive name for each day of the week, one of the ways that Orgeron and his staff hold the players accountable and focused both prior to and during the workout. The daily practice nicknames are as follows: Tell the Truth Monday, Competition Tuesday, Turnover Wednesday, No Repeat Thursday and Focus Friday.
Orgeron's first duty as interim head coach was to appoint veteran assistant and former LSU quarterback Steve Ensminger from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The move paid immediate dividends as Ensminger injected life into the Tigers offense by diversifying the play calling and brought a culture of inclusion to the offensive staff room.
Before Ensminger took over play-calling duties, LSU's offense had scored only nine touchdowns and was averaging a paltry 18 points and 339.5 total yards per game.
In eight games under Orgeron and Ensminger, LSU improved drastically in every offensive category as the Tigers averaged 32 points and 464.9 total yards per contest during that span. LSU scored 38 or more points five times with Ensminger calling the plays, including 54 in a win over Texas A&M and 38 against both Arkansas and Ole Miss. The Tigers averaged 7.1 yards per play and converted 46-of-102 third-down opportunities during that eight-game stretch.
In his LSU debut, Orgeron led the Tigers to a 42-7 win over Missouri, a game that saw the LSU Tigers set the school record for yards in an SEC game (634) as well as time of possession (42:33). The 35-point margin of victory ranked as the second-largest for a LSU head coach in his Tigers debut.
Orgeron and the Tigers followed that with a 45-10 win over Southern Miss as LSU's combined 87 points in Orgeron's first two games were the most for any coach in his first two games at the school. Orgeron also became the first LSU football coach in the SEC era to wins his first two games by 30 or more points and the first coach to win his first three games by double-digits.
The following week, LSU held a high-powered Ole Miss offense scoreless in the second half of its 38-21 win over the Rebels, a game that saw Leonard Fournette shatter the school's single-game rushing mark with 284 yards. In the fourth game under Orgeron, LSU extended its defensive scoreless streak to five straight quarters by holding top-ranked Alabama without a point for the first three quarters. The Crimson Tide broke through in the fourth quarter to beat LSU, 10-0, in what was the first loss for the Tigers under Orgeron.
A week later, Orgeron showed why he was the man for the LSU job as he directed the Tigers to a 38-10 dismantling of Arkansas. In prior years, a loss to Alabama would have lingered; not this time around as the Tigers dominated in all phases of the game in the win over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.
After a last-second 16-10 loss to Florida in Tiger Stadium, LSU concluded the regular season in record fashion, racking up 54 points in the Thanksgiving Night win over Texas A&M. In the win over the Aggies, running back Derrius Guice broke the LSU single-game rushing mark with 285 yards and four TD's on 37 carries as the Tigers accumulated 622 total yards (298 rushing, 324 passing) in the win.
In eight games under Orgeron, LSU set offensive records for most yards in a SEC game (634 vs. Missouri), longest scoring play from scrimmage (Derrius Guice 96-yard TD run vs. Arkansas), and twice set the school single-game rushing record (Leonard Fournette 284 yards vs. Ole Miss, Derrius Guice 285 yards vs. Texas A&M).
Defensively, LSU held opponents scoreless for 15 of 32 quarters under Orgeron and limited the opposition to an average of 15.3 points per game over the eight contests. In 12 games, LSU allowed only 16 touchdowns all season, which led the nation. The Tigers also gave up just 1.3 TD's a contest, also first nationally.
With 39 points, Texas A&M became the only team to score more than 21 points against LSU in 2016. Overall, LSU's defense finished in the top two in the SEC in points allowed (15.3) and rushing yards per game (117.2) and were No. 3 in the league in total defense (314.4) and pass defense (197.2).
Orgeron originally joined the Tiger staff in 2015 as defensive line coach, before adding the title of recruiting coordinator in the spring of 2016.
In his first year with the Tigers in 2015, Orgeron's defensive front served as a catalyst for a Tiger defense that ranked No. 3 in the SEC in both rushing yards (122.9 yards per game) and sacks (34). Six times in 2015 LSU's defense help opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in a game, including limiting Mississippi State to 43 yards in the season-opener and Texas Tech to 29 in the Texas Bowl.
Prior to joining the LSU staff, Orgeron's last coaching stop came at Southern Cal where he served as recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for the Trojans for four years (2010-13). Orgeron was elevated to interim head coach at USC for the final eight games of the 2013 season, leading the Trojans to a 6-2 mark over that span.
While at Southern Cal, Orgeron was named by Sporting News as the nation's No. 2 recruiter in 2012. A year earlier, Scout.com named him the National Recruiter of the Year, ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine named him the top recruiter in college football (and third-best in all of collegiate athletics) and Rivals.com ranked him as the second-best recruiter of the previous 10 years (2002-11) in college football.
Orgeron served two stints at Southern Cal, the first as the Trojan's defensive line coach from 1998 to 2004. Orgeron coached under Paul Hackett at USC for three years from 1998 to 2000 and was one of just a handful of coaches retained by Pete Carroll when he took over as the Trojans head coach in 2001.
He added the title of recruiting coordinator for USC in 2001 and helped the Trojans to top five signing classes for three straight years from 2002-04. Rivals.com and Sporting News named him the 2004 National Recruiter of the Year.
On the field, Orgeron was part of a Southern Cal staff that led the Trojans to a 12-1 mark and an AP National Championship in 2003 and a 13-0 record and another national title in 2004.
Orgeron left USC in 2005 to become the head coach at Ole Miss, where he went 10-25 in three years with Rebels from 2005-07.
Orgeron spent the 2008 season coaching the defensive line for the New Orleans Saints and then joined Tennessee as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 2009. He returned to Southern Cal following the 2009 season.
Orgeron made a name for himself as a top defensive line coach at the University of Miami from 1988-92, where he coached eight All-Americans, including NFL first rounders Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp. In 1988, he was a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the defensive line. During his tenure, the Hurricanes won the national championship twice (1989 and 1991), finished second in the AP poll once (1988) and third twice (1990 and 1992) while appearing in five New Year's Day bowls (1989 Orange, 1990 Sugar, 1991 Cotton, 1992 Orange, 1993 Sugar).
Orgeron also was a graduate assistant at Northwestern (La.) State, his alma mater, in 1984 and McNeese State in 1985, working with the defensive line at both schools, then was an assistant strength coach at Arkansas for two years (1986-87). The Razorbacks were in the 1987 Orange Bowl and 1987 Liberty Bowl. He worked in private business in 1993.
As a player, Orgeron was a four-year starter on the defensive line for Northwestern State, captaining the Demons as a senior. He received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984.
He starred in football, basketball and track at South Lafourche High in Galliano, La. On the big screen, Orgeron played himself in the 2009 Oscar-nominated movie, “The Blind Side.”
Born July 27, 1961, he and his wife, Kelly, have three sons, Tyler, and twins Parker and Cody. Tyler is a member of the LSU football support staff, while twins Parker and Cody are entering their second season as part of the McNeese State football team.
Ed Orgeron File
Year at LSU: Third (second as head coach)
Birthdate: July 27, 1961, in Larose, La.
Children: Tyler, Parker, Cody
High School: South Lafourche High School (Galliano, La.)
College: Northwestern State (La.), 1984
1981-84 Northwestern (La.) State (defensive line)
1984 Northwestern (La.) State (graduate assistant)
1985 McNeese State (graduate assistant)
1986-87 Arkansas (assistant strength coach)
1988-92 Miami (Fla.) (graduate assistant, 1988; defensive line 1989-92)
1994 Nicholls State (linebackers)
1995-97 Syracuse (defensive line)
1998-2004 Southern Cal (defensive line, 1998-2002; recruiting coordinator, 2001-04)
2005-07 Ole Miss (head coach)
2008 New Orleans Saints (defensive line)
2009 Tennessee (defensive line/recruiting coordinator)
2010-12 Southern Cal (defensive coordinator/defensive line/recruiting coordinator, 2010-13; interim head coach, 2013
2015-16 LSU (defensive line; recruiting coordinator, 2016; interim head coach, Sept. 25, 2016, head coach, Nov. 26, 2016)
Season, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
As Assistant Coach
1986, Orange, Arkansas, Oklahoma, L, 42-8
1987, Liberty, Arkansas, Georgia, L, 20-17
1988, Orange, Miami, Nebraska, W, 23-3
1989, Sugar, Miami, Alabama, W, 33-25
1990, Cotton, Miami, Texas, W, 46-3
1991, Orange, Miami, Nebraska, W, 22-0
1992, Sugar, Miami, Alabama, L, 34-13
1995, Gator, Syracuse, Clemson, W, 41-0
1996, Liberty, Syracuse, Houston, W, 30-17
1997, Fiesta, Syracuse, Kansas State, L, 35-18
1998, Sun, Southern Cal, TCU, L, 28-19
2001, Las Vegas, Southern Cal, Utah, L, 10-6
2002, Orange, Southern Cal, Iowa, W, 38-17
2003, Rose, Southern Cal, Michigan, W, 28-14
2004, Orange, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, W, 55-19
2009, Chick-fil-A, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, L, 37-14
2012, Sun, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, L, 21-7
2015, Texas, LSU, Texas Tech, W, 56-27
As Head Coach
2016, Citrus, LSU, Louisville, W, 29-9
Ed Orgeron's Head Coaching Record
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|2016 (Interim)||LSU||6-2||Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (def. Louisville, 29-9)|