|Alma Mater:||Northwestern State|
Ed Orgeron grew up a Tiger fan. He developed a passion for the Tigers at an early age, becoming a fan of some of the all-time LSU greats in the 1970s. Players like Bert Jones, Ronnie Estay, Tommy Casanova and Charles Alexander ignited a purple and gold fire under Orgeron that still burns today.
Now as he enters his third full season as head coach of the Tigers, Orgeron has leveraged his passion and love for LSU into a determination and drive that sees him spend nearly every waking moment focused on LSU football and his vision for the program. Winning championships will always be the goal for the program, but it's what Orgeron and his staff are doing to develop and mentor players off the field, in an atmosphere that fosters inclusion and accountability, that will ultimately set Tigers apart.
With a “One Team, One Heartbeat” motto and high-energy practices that focus on being crisp and efficient, the players have bought into the Orgeron system, both on and off the field and the results are hard to ignore.
Orgeron has guided the Tigers to a 25-9 overall mark in his 34 games as the LSU head coach. Of his 25 victories, 11 have come against teams ranked in the Top 25, including five over Top-10 opponents. Furthermore, of Coach O's 24 wins, 15 have come against SEC foes and 19 have come by double-digits.
He's also 2-1 in bowl games, beating previously undefeated and seventh-ranked UCF in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, and knocking off Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson and 15th-ranked Louisville in the 2016 Citrus Bowl.
Under Orgeron, the Tigers have played 29-of-34 games ranked in the Top 25, including all 13 games in 2018.
In 2018, Orgeron guided a young and inexperienced LSU team to a 10-3 overall mark and a final ranking of No. 6 nationally. It marked LSU's first 10-win season since 2012 and the highest final ranking for the Tigers since 2011. The Tigers capped the year with a 40-32 victory over No. 7 ranked Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl, LSU's first New Year's Six Bowl victory since the new format was put in place in 2014.
For the first time in school history, Orgeron directed the Tigers to four wins over Top-10 teams beginning with a season-opening victory over No. 8 Miami. LSU followed that with a road victory over No. 7 Auburn, a home win over No. 3 Georgia and the bowl win over No. 7 UCF. Overall, LSU had five wins over Top 25 teams, which also included a victory over No. 22 Mississippi State.
With a 10-3 mark, Orgeron extended LSU's streak of consecutive years with at least eight victories to 19, the longest current streak among Power 5 schools. The Tigers have also appeared in a bowl game for 19-straight seasons.
Individually, Orgeron's 2018 team produced the school's first Butkus Award winner in Devin White along with three first-team all-Americas in White, cornerback Greedy Williams, and safety Grant Delpit. Delpit became only the ninth unanimous All-America in school history in 2018.
The 2018 season was no surprise to those inside the program as Orgeron and his staff had worked long and hard to bring LSU back to the nation's elite football programs.
With a recruiting plan that addressed needs, and offensive scheme that better utilized the talent on the field, and a defense that featured the top linebacker in college football complemented with an outstanding group in the secondary, the Tigers put it all together in 2018 in a season that laid the foundation for what should be more successful years to come.
Orgeron's quick impact on the LSU program was evident in 2016 when he was elevated from defensive line coach to interim head coach just four games into the season. The results were immediate and impressive, turning a 2-2 team with little confidence following a loss at Auburn, into a squad that played with swagger and energy. Orgeron earned the title of permanent head coach on November 26, 2016, two days after LSU beat Texas A&M, 54-39, to wrap up the regular season with a 7-4 mark, which included a 5-2 mark under Coach O.
Orgeron, an accomplished recruiter considered as one of the best in nation in not only identifying talent but also signing those players, is building a roster that have the Tigers competing for championships on an annual basis.
The Coach O Way
With the “One Team. One Heartbeat” motto, the Tigers seemingly became a different team overnight under Orgeron 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. The purpose of the descriptive practice themes for each day during the week is 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/No Turnover Wednesday, No Repeat Thursday, and Focus Friday.
Orgeron has also opened the doors for former LSU players to come back and be active in the program. Having former players actively involved is a way for the current Tigers to get a better understanding of who helped build the foundation for the program, while also letting them see first-hand what it means to be a LSU Tiger and the responsibility that goes along with it.
Orgeron Coaching History
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 four seasons in the early 1980s.
Orgeron, who has also served as head coach at Ole Miss and Southern Cal, is 25-9 at LSU. His career mark as a collegiate head coach is 41-36, however he's 31-11 over his last 42 games. Orgeron went 6-2 as Southern Cal's interim head coach in 2013, taking over a USC team that stumbled to a 3-2 mark over the first five games of the year. Orgeron rallied the Trojans as USC closed out the regular season with wins in six of its final eight games.
In his first game as LSU's permanent head coach, Orgeron guided the Tigers to a 29-9 win over No. 15 Louisville and its Heisman Trophy quarterback in the 2016 Citrus Bowl.
Orgeron originally joined the Tiger staff in 2015 as defensive line coach, before adding the title of recruiting coordinator in the spring of 2016.
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.
Orgeron served two stints at Southern Cal, the first as the Trojans' 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.
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).
As a player, Orgeron was a four-year starter on the defensive line for Northwestern State, captaining the Demons as a senior in 1983. He received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984. In 2007, Orgeron was named to Northwestern State's Top 100 Players who were part of the school's Centennial Football Celebration.
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 coaching staff, while twins Parker and Cody just completed their second season as part of the McNeese State football team. Parker is a starting wide receiver for the Cowboys, while Cody is the starting quarterback at McNeese.
Ed Orgeron File
Year at LSU: Fifth (fourth 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)
Nov. 26, 2016 - Present - LSU (head coach)
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
2017, Citrus, LSU, Notre Dame, L, 21-17
2018, Fiesta, LSU, UCF, W, 40-32
Ed Orgeron's Head Coaching Record
|2013 (Interim)||Southern Cal||6-2|
|2016 (Interim)||LSU||6-2||Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (def. Louisville, 29-9)|
|2017||LSU||9-4||Citrus Bowl pres. by Overton's (lost to Notre Day, 21-17)|
|2018||LSU||10-3||PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (def. UCF, 40-32)|