Phone: (985) 448-4802
Alma Mater: Brigham Young, 1978 (Bachelor's); Brigham Young, 1984 (Master's)
Hometown: Charleston, S.C.
Charlie Stubbs is in his fifth season as the head football coach at Nicholls State University.
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With over 34 years of coaching experience, which includes six years as an assistant head coach, Stubbs was selected to become the ninth head coach in the program’s history on January 5, 2010. He joined the Colonels after holding the title of offensive coordinator at numerous universities including Alabama, Tulsa, Oregon State, Louisville and others.
After four years at the helm at Nicholls, Stubbs has posted a 10-35 record, including one win over a Football Bowl Subdivision program and four wins in conference. In 2013, the Colonels put together one of their best starts in recent history, posting a 4-2 record in the first half of the season. Following a meeting with nationally-ranked Oregon in the season opener, the Colonels set the tone for their impressive start by defeating FBS Western Michigan on the road, 27-23. The victory was only the third win over an FBS school in program history.
While Nicholls snapped their conference losing streak with a win over rival Northwestern State, injuries proved to take a toll on the team’s progress, leading to a six-game losing skid to end the year. Despite the depleted roster, the Colonels nearly pulled off two additional wins in Southland play, falling in a shootout at Stephen F. Austin and in a defensive slugfest against Central Arkansas.
For the individual accolades, the Colonels landed two players on the All-Southland Second Team for the second consecutive season. Offensive lineman Abasi Salami, who signed an undrafted free agent deal with the St. Louis Rams, received the honor for the offense while safety Siegan Vergenal represented the defense.
In the classroom, Stubbs’ program continues to shine as safety Jordan Hanberry received one of the most prestigious academic awards in college football. Hanberry, who was joined by teammate Cole Frazier on the Southland All-Academic team, was named to the 2013 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America First Team which included all Division I football players. The Colonels also placed 35 players on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll, including five with an unblemished 4.0 grade point average.
Since taking over the reins, two areas that Stubbs has focused on are building the program by signing student-athletes who are from Louisiana, and scheduling high-quality opponents in non-conference. In his first four full recruiting seasons, Stubbs has brought in over 60 student-athletes who are from the Bayou State, and for the third straight season, the Colonels will take on three programs from the FBS. For the first time in program history, Nicholls will play a team from the Southeastern Conference as the Colonels square off with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
A Charleston, South Carolina native with over 26 years of collegiate coaching experience, Stubbs led the Colonels to four victories in his inaugural season despite installing an entire new offense. Stubbs replaced the heavy-rush scheme for a multiple-pro system, and although suffering growing pains throughout the year, the Colonels closed out the season in a big way by winning their final two contests.
In 2010, Stubbs guided Nicholls to victories in all three of its rivalry games – Texas State, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana – for the first time since 2005. Also in his first season, the Colonels claimed two of their wins away from John L. Guidry Stadium, the most since 2007.
Before a two-year stint at Central Missouri, Stubbs was the offensive coordinator at the University of Louisville in 2007. While at Louisville, he guided the Cardinals to a national No. 4 ranking in passing offense which featured NFL players Brian Brohm and Harry Douglas (Atlanta Falcons).
Prior to UL, Stubbs spent five seasons at the University of Tulsa, leading the offense to an average of over 31 points per game while ranking among the top 25 teams in the nation each season. In 2005, Stubbs was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year as the Hurricanes were crowned Conference USA and Liberty Bowl champions en route to a 9-4 finish.
From 1998-2000, Stubbs was the quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator at the University of Alabama, where he helped direct the Crimson Tide to a pair of bowl appearances. After reaching the Music City Bowl in ’98, ‘Bama won the SEC title and earned a bid to the 2000 Orange Bowl with Stubbs receiving the SEC Offensive Coordinator of the Year.
Stubbs had three stints from 1994-97, spending his last two years at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas after one year stints with University of Tennessee-Martin and the University of Memphis. In ’97, Stubbs’ Runnin Rebels offense ranked 12th in the nation in passing after holding the ninth spot in ’96. Following one year at Memphis, Stubbs had a historical season at UTM as the Skyhawks set nine Ohio Valley Conference records while leading the conference in passing.
Stubbs received his first fulltime position at Oregon State where he coached from 1985-90. Under his coordination, the Beavers ranked in the top three in the Pac-10 on offense in each season while ranking sixth nationally in ’88 and 10th in ’87.
After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in 1978 from Brigham Young University, Stubbs earned a master’s in physical education in ’84 working as a graduate assistant for the football team. During that season, head coach LaVell Edwards led the Cougars to a perfect 13-0 record to claim the 1984 Division I National
Championship, making BYU the last non-BCS school to earn the title.
Stubbs has published three books throughout his career - “Wide Open Football,” “Developing an Explosive Offense,” and his most recent, “101 Playmakers and Special Plays”.
Stubbs and his wife Sandy reside in Thibodaux. The couple has four children - Troy, Jay, Kim and Kyle – and is the proud grandparents of nine.