Colby Carthel Introduced as Stephen F. Austin Head Football Coach

first_imgThe 2017 season was one for the record books as A&M-Commerce went 14-1 and ran the table in the NCAA Division II Playoffs, downing No. 12 Winona State, No. 7 Central Washington and top-ranked MSU-Mankato en route to a 37-27 triumph over West Florida in the title game.Lions’ quarterback Luis Perez became the first Lion to win the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in Division II football. He completed 421-of-596 passes for 4,999 yards, 46 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions and set Division II playoff records in all passing categories. Perez, offensive lineman Jared Machorro, and cornerback Yusef Sterling-Lowe earned seven All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Division II Conference Commissioners Association and Associated Press. The Lions became the first team to ever have three AFCA Division II All-Americans in the same season.Under Carthel’s tutelage, A&M-Commerce garnered four national player of the year, two regional player of the year and nine conference player of the year awards. During his tenure, the Lions earned 19 First Team All-America selections, 53 overall All-America honors, 20 all-region honors and 141 All-Lone Star Conference picks.He spent seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at West Texas A&M, helping the Buffs capture four LSC titles. Working alongside his father Don, the head coach, the Carthels guided WTAMU to postseason appearances each year, including a trip to the national semifinal in 2012.A proven winner. A national champion ??.#AxeEm #ToTheTop— Lumberjack Football (@SFA_Football) December 3, 2018 Carthel got his start in coaching as the defensive line coach from 2000-06 at Southland member Abilene Christian, then a member of the Lone Star Conference. Carthel and ACU coach Adam Dorrel, who joined the Southland from the Division II ranks prior to the 2017 season, can lay claim to four of the last five Division II national championships.A three-time Academic All-Lone Star Conference selection, Carthel played linebacker at Angelo State and led them to a Lone Star Conference title in 1999, recording 59 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery. He graduated in 2000 with his bachelor’s degree in biology. NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin introduced Colby Carthel as the football program’s 20th head coach in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. A Floydada, Texas, native, Carthel joins the Lumberjacks after six seasons as the head coach at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he led the Lions to the 2017 Division II Football National Championship and resurrected the program with an overall record of 59-18. He was named the 2018 Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year.Taking over a team that had recorded back-to-back 1-9 seasons, he guided A&M-Commerce to a 7-5 campaign in 2013, including two wins over ranked opponents and an appearance in the Live United Texarkana Bowl. The Lions continued to improve in 2014, finishing 9-3 and 6-1 in the Lone Star Conference, capturing the first of three-straight league titles from 2014-16.“This place is primed and this place is ready to be great in football, OK? It’s primed and it’s ready and we’re ready to put our foot on the pedal and mash it to the floor.”It’s official now, ‘Jacks: @CoachCarthel is your new head ?? coach.Let’s go #ToTheTop together. #AxeEm— Lumberjack Football (@SFA_Football) December 4, 2018last_img

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