The Lion's Roar

Lions promote Lachney to interim defensive coordinator for 2020 season

Chris Lachney.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 4, 2020

After the sudden departure of defensive coordinator Lance Guidry to Florida Atlantic University, the Lions were left with a hole in the defensive coordinator position on its coaching staff. Head football coach Frank Scelfo decided to stay in-house and promote linebackers coach Chris Lachney to interim ...

Scelfo reflects on 2020 signing class

Frank Scelfo, head coach of football.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

The university football team added nine more players to their roster after the Feb. 5 National Signing Day period. Of the nine players that signed, five were on the offensive side of the ball and four were on the defensive side. After signing 16 recruits in December, head coach Frank Scelfo focused...

Frank Scelfo signs contract extension to be head coach through 2024

Frank Scelfo received the 2019 Southland Conference Coach of the Year award after leading the Lions to an 8-5 record and a playoff appearance. In Scelfo’s second season, the Lions also finished with the top-ranked offense in the Southland Conference.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2020

In the 2019 season, head football coach Frank Scelfo doubled the Lions’ win total from the previous season and reached the second round of the FCS Playoffs. Along with leading the football team to the playoffs, Scelfo also picked up the 2019 Southland Conference Coach of the Year award. Due to his suc...

Scelfo talks preparation for FCS Playoffs

Senior quarterback Chason Virgil drops back to throw a pass against Jacksonville State University. The Lions defeated Jacksonville State 35-14 on Aug. 29, 2019.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

November 27, 2019

After suffering a 28-27 loss against Nicholls State University on Nov. 21 the Lions saw there playoff chances go slim. Since Southeastern did not win a share of the Southland Conference title the team was not guaranteed a playoff spot, but the FCS committee voted in the Lions despite the loss.   ...

Lions fall to Nicholls from a last-minute fumble

Linebackers Alexis Ramos and Joshua Carr sack Nicholls State quarterback Chase Fourcade. Ramos was ejected in the third quarter due to a targeting penalty.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

Southeastern fell 28-27 to River Bell Classic rival Nicholls State University on Thursday night to finish the regular season 7-4.  With the loss the Lions did not win the Southland Conference Championship and did not receive an automatic bid into the FCS Playoffs.  Head coach Frank Scelfo talk...

River Bell rivalry returns to Strawberry Stadium

Southeastern football players raise the River Bell Trophy after defeating Nicholls State University 21-17 in 2017. This will be the first time both schools are ranked in the River Bell Classic game. Nicholls and Southeastern will be playing for the Southland Conference title.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2019

The university prepares to face off in the River Bell Classic game against in-state rival, Nicholls State University, on Thursday, Nov. 21 in Strawberry Stadium. The Lions will put their four-game winning streak to test by facing the number 19 ranked team in the STATS FCS Top 25 poll. Frank Scelfo,...

Football ranked in top 25 after win

 Marcus Cooper, a sophomore running back, returns a kick in the Lions’ opening game against Jacksonville State University.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2019

For the first time since 2015, the university football team is ranked in the STATS FCS top 25 rankings. The Lions are sitting at No. 23 after knocking off then No. 6 Jacksonville State University 35-14 in the home opener on Aug. 29. Devonte Williams, a senior running back, shared how it felt to...

Lions to face the Bulldogs in 2021

The athletic department typically schedules games for the team years in advance. After playing against other universities in the state like University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, the Lions are scheduled to play against Louisiana Tech University in the 2021 season.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

The Lions football team is scheduled to travel to Ruston to play Louisiana Tech University in the 2021 season to benefit the athletic programs of both universities. The athletic department handles various responsibilities of all the university’s sports, such as creating the teams’ season schedule...

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Frank Scelfo, head coach of football, teaches his players various plays at practice. The football team looks to build off of its 4-7 overall record from last season. Scelfo joined the Lions in 2018 following over 30 years of experience coaching the sport.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Frank Scelfo was hired in January of 2018 to become the university’s 16th head coach of football. Beginning his second year at the helm of Lions football, Scelfo’s coaching career extends beyond his time with the university. “This will be my 37th ye...

Kelley returns home to finish eligibility

University cheerleaders charge onto the field in Strawberry Stadium to cheer on the Lions at the start of a game. Cole Kelley, a transfer from the University of Arkansas, looks to have that same atmosphere next season as a member of the university’s football team.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

Cole Kelley, a Lafayette native, transferred to the Lions to play as a quarterback after playing for two seasons at the University of Arkansas. Frank Scelfo, football head coach, believes Kelley will bring more game experience to the team. “He is going to come in and compete for playing time, an...

Coaching football: a new chapter

Raymond Monica has been hired as the assistant head coach of football for the next season. Monica was previously the head coach at Arkansas Tech University and has been coaching for 32 years.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019

A native of Garyville, Louisiana, Raymond Monica looks forward to joining the coaching staff as the assistant head coach of football for the 2019 season. Monica, who is in his 32nd year of coaching, explained why he took the position at the university. “The main reason I came here was because of coach ...

Cowboys defensive coordinator Lance Guidry becomes a Lion

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019

A new defensive coordinator for the football team will head practices this spring with an ambition to pursue the Southland Conference Championship. Lance Guidry, who has been coaching since 1994 and started coaching at the collegiate level in 2000, replaced former defensive coordinator Louie Cioffi in Jan...