Lamar formally announces DL coach

Published 8:23 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BEAUMONT — With football spring drills wrapped up, Lamar now has a complete coaching staff.

The university on Tuesday finally announced the addition of Eric Roark as defensive line coach. Head coach Ray Woodard said Roark joined the team in time for its Crawfish Bowl spring game, which was held Saturday.

Roark sent the previous seven seasons as UTSA’s original D-line coach. Roark’s line helped the Roadrunners rank among Conference USA’s top five in five statistical categories, including rushing defense. Roark also spent six seasons at SMU, Grand Prairie High School, Tennessee Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

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“I really like the coaching experience that Eric brings to our staff,” Woodard said in a release. “He has done a lot of recruiting in the state of Texas, and has coached with some colleagues of mine who I respect. I really believe he will be a great fit for Lamar University.”

Lamar had been without a D-line coach since John Blake left to take a position with the Buffalo Bills on March 15. His predecessor, Carey Bailey, left in January for a similar role at Chattanooga.

“The guys on our defensive line now have their coach in place and they know he will be here through the summer and into the new season,” Woodard said. “It’s been a tough offseason on on our defensive linemen. They’ve had three different coaches this spring, but now they get some consistency and things will get better for them.”

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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