We’re glad to see a homegrown Cajun has earned the job of head football coach at LSU.
Ed Orgeron, born to Edward “Be Be” Sr. and Cornelia “Co Co” Orgeron in Larose, a town on Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish, La., got the job this past week after significant consideration by football officials on the campus.
Orgeron is of Cajun descent, a background we are all familiar with. He attended South Lafourche High school in Galliano with Bobby Hebert who played quarterback for the Michigan Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. Orgeron and Hebert played on the South Lafourche Class 4A state championship team in 1977.
Orgeron began coaching in 1984 at Northwestern State and the following year at McNeese State in Lake Charles. He then served as assistant strength coach at University of Arkansas. He started working for the University of Miami in 1988 where he was defensive line coach for four years in which he coached eight All-Americans including NFL first-round draft choices Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp.
While coaching with the Hurricanes, his program won two national championships, in 1989 and 1991. And he recruited young Dwayne Johnson, later known as “The Rock” in his professional wrestling and film careers, as a defensive lineman.
Orgeron took a leave of absence from the University of Miami coaching in October of 1992 and returned to coaching two years later as a volunteer linebacker coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. The following year, he got a job at Syracuse University where he coached defensive line for three years.
In 1998, he was hired as the new coach of University of Southern California to the team’s defensive line. In 2003, he was named assistant head coach. He won National Recruiter of the Year honors in 2004, the year in which he was hired to replace the Ole Miss head coach.
In 2008, he was hired as defensive line coach of New Orleans Saints and in December of that year, he accepted a position as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for the University of Tennessee.So now, hopefully, Orgeron is ready to bring a big future to the Tigers of Baton Rouge, which should give him a feeling of being at home. And we’re thinking that is where he belongs.