Larry Lacewell

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Larry Lacewell
Biographical details
Born (1937-02-12) February 12, 1937 (age 82)
Fordyce, Arkansas
Playing career
1955–1958Arkansas A&M
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959Alabama (GA)
1960–1961Arkansas State (assistant)
1965Kilgore JC (assistant)
1966Oklahoma (freshmen)
1967Wichita State (assistant)
1968Iowa State (def. assistant)
1969Oklahoma (DE)
1970–1972Oklahoma (DC)
1973–1977Oklahoma (AHC/DC)
1978Arkansas State (volunteer)
1979–1989Arkansas State
1990–1991Tennessee (DC)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1979–1990Arkansas State
1992–2004Dallas Cowboys (Director of college and pro scouting )
Head coaching record
Tournaments6–4 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Southland (1985–1986)

Larry Lacewell (born February 12, 1937) is a former American football player, coach, scout, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Arkansas State University from 1979 to 1989, compiling a record of 69–58–4. Lacewell was later the longtime director of scouting for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

Lacewell began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. He coached at Arkansas State, Arkansas A&M, Kilgore Junior College (which won NJCAA National Football Championship during his tenure), Wichita State and Iowa State, before becoming defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1970. Lacewell became assistant head coach under Barry Switzer in 1973, and the teams won two national championships in the ensuing years.

Lacewell is the winningest coach in ASU history and led the team to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, with the 1986 team making it all the way to the championship game before losing to Georgia Southern.[1]

In 1990, Lacewell left ASU to become defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Volunteers. In 1992, he joined the Dallas Cowboys organization, eventually serving 13 seasons on staff as director of both college and professional scouting. Lacewell retired from the Cowboys after the 2004 season.[2]

Lacewell currently resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with his wife, Criss.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NCAA#
Arkansas State Indians (Southland Conference) (1979–1986)
1979 Arkansas State 4–7 1–4 T–4th
1980 Arkansas State 2–9 0–5 6th
1981 Arkansas State 6–5 3–2 3rd
1982 Arkansas State 5–6 2–3 T–3rd
1983 Arkansas State 5–5–1 3–3 T–3rd
1984 Arkansas State 8–4–1 4–1–1 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA Second Round 10
1985 Arkansas State 9–4 5–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Second Round 6
1986 Arkansas State 12–2–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Championship 2
Arkansas State Indians (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1987–1989)
1987 Arkansas State 8–4–1 L NCAA Division I-AA Second Round 12
1988 Arkansas State 5–6
1989 Arkansas State 5–6
Arkansas State: 69–58–4 22–19–1
Total: 69–58–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  • #NCAA Division I-AA Poll.