LSU Names Jabbar Juluke Running Backs Coach
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Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications

BATON ROUGE – Jabbar Juluke, a coach with strong ties to New Orleans and a reputation of developing running backs, has been named running backs coach at LSU, head coach Les Miles announced on Saturday. 

Miles also announced on Saturday that wide receiver coach Tony Ball has left the staff to pursue other opportunities.

Juluke comes to LSU after a brief stint at Texas Tech, which was preceded by three years as running backs coach at Louisiana Tech. Juluke will take the place of Frank Wilson, who was hired as the head coach at Texas-San Antonio last month. 

“Jabbar is a veteran running backs coach with strong ties to New Orleans,” Miles said. “He has a proven track record of success at both the college and high school level and he’s going to do a great job of continuing to develop our players both on and off the field. 

“Jabbar is a great fit for us and we are excited to have him join our program.”

Juluke, a graduate of Southern University and a native of the New Orleans area, served as the head coach at Edna Karr High School for nine years where he led his team to one state title and three consecutive appearances in the state championship game. 

At Louisiana Tech, he coached record-setting running back Kenneth Dixon for three years. Dixon finished his career with the Bulldogs as the NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdowns (87), points scored (522) and games played in which he scored a touchdown (38). As a senior in 2015, Dixon led the nation in scoring (14.2 points per game) and was second nationally in touchdowns scored (26).

Overall Juluke’s stable of Tech running backs contributed to 2,075 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns in 2015, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 159.6 rushing yards per game. That helped lead Louisiana Tech to rank 19th in scoring offense (37.5 points per game) and 21st in total offense (482.8 yards per game) as the Bulldogs won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. Under his guidance, the 2015 squad ranked fifth in school history in rushing touchdowns (27). 

In 2014, Tech’s running backs totaled more than 2,000 rushing yards as Juluke helped guide Louisiana Tech to a 35-18 victory over Illinois in the Zaxby’s Heart of the Dallas Bowl. The Bulldogs also captured the 2014 Conference USA West Division title following a 9-5 season in Ruston.

Juluke helped lead Kenneth Dixon to his second 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2014 as the junior racked up 1,299 yards on the ground, while ranking sixth in the nation with 22 rushing touchdowns. With the help of Juluke, Dixon became the all-time leader at Louisiana Tech with 53 rushing touchdowns and 3,410 career rushing yards over the course of the 2014 campaign.

In his first season with the Bulldogs, Juluke helped guide Kenneth Dixon to 917 rushing yards over 10 games played and over 1,900 yards among Tech’s tailbacks as a whole.

Juluke joined Louisiana Tech following nine years at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans where he compiled a nine-year record of 80-39 record capped off with a 14-0 mark and a Louisiana state championship in 2012. 

Over his final four year at Karr, Juluke his team to a 49-8 mark and three appearances in the state championship game

During his nine years at Karr, Juluke had over 70 players sign college football scholarships. 

Prior to serving as head coach at Edna Karr, Juluke was the defensive coordinator for four years at Frederick Douglas High School in New Orleans and was a wide receivers coach at Brother Martin for one year before that. 

He got his start in coaching as a defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at O.P. Walker High School in New Orleans where he spent one year before moving over to St. Augustine High School where he was a linebackers coach for two years. 

A native of south Louisiana, Juluke helped lead Southern to a Black National Championship in 1993 as a senior safety on the Jaguars and lettered in both football and basketball. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Southern in 1999. 

Juluke is married to the former Denise Smith and the couple has three children – Jahmad, Jamari, and Dyruius.




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