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Demon name former North Texas coach as defensive coordinator
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Gary DeLoach, a successful defensive coordinator in three Division I football programs who has also worked at Texas A&M and UCLA in a 35-year career, will take over the defensive coordinator’s job at Northwestern State, head coach Bradley Dale Peveto said Tuesday.

DeLoach follows Brad Laird, who moved into the role of Acting Director of University Advancement at NSU on July 2. The appointment of DeLoach, who will begin work next Monday, is subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System. DeLoach will be assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

DeLoach has been defensive coordinator for six seasons at North Texas (2000-2002, 2008-10), seven more at New Mexico State (1990-96) and seven (1983-89) at Stephen F. Austin. He was defensive backs coach at UCLA from 2003-07, serving as special teams coordinator in 2007. He was defensive coordinator in 1997 as Trinity Valley Community College went unbeaten until the junior college national championship game.

Other coaching stops for DeLoach came in the spring of 1997 in the World Football League under legendary former NFL assistant Ernie Stautner with the Frankfurt Galaxy, at Texas A&M from 1980-82, at Spring Branch (Texas) High School in 1979-80, and as a graduate assistant at SFA from 1976-78.

At UCLA as special teams coordinator, DeLoach helped the Bruins rank third nationally in kickoff returns, fifth nationally in field goals and 15th nationally in net punting. Through his coaching career, he has coached the defensive backs and linebackers.

At SFA in 1987, DeLoach promoted Peveto from a graduate assistant’s post to a full-time job coaching defensive ends. The Lumberjacks soared to the No. 1 ranking in the FCS in 1988 before falling 20-17 in the season finale to NSU in a battle for the Southland Conference championship, then reaching the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

DeLoach said he’s kept a close eye on NSU since Peveto took over following the 2008 season, but he’s long since been well acquainted with Demon football and some of its richest tradition.

The opportunity to reunite with Peveto was appealing to DeLoach. The Demons will retain the same aggressive 4-3-4 scheme that has been in place during Peveto’s first three seasons. The approach DeLoach will bring will mirror that used by Peveto and Laird, he said.

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