Southeastern Louisiana Lions football

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Southeastern Louisiana Lions
2016 Southeastern Louisiana Lions football team
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First season 1930
Athletic director Jay Artigues
Head coach Ron Roberts
4th year, 32–23 (.582)
Stadium Strawberry Stadium
Seating capacity 7,408
Field surface Artificial
Location Hammond, Louisiana
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Southland Conference
All-time record 341–303–17 (.529)
Bowl record 0–0 (–)
Conference titles 8
Colors Green and Gold[1]
Marching band Spirit Of The Southland
Rivals Nicholls State
Northwestern State
For information on all Southeastern Louisiana University sports, see Southeastern Louisiana Lions

The Southeastern Louisiana Lions football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Southeastern Louisiana University located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference. Southeastern Louisiana's first football team was fielded in 1930. The team plays its home games at the 7,408 seat Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, Louisiana. The Lions are coached by Ron Roberts.[2]


When the program was restarted again in 2003, after an 18-year hiatus, Hal Mumme, formerly the head coach at the University of Kentucky, was hired as head coach. Mumme became the 12th head coach in program history. Upon its return, SLU decided to compete at the NCAA Division I-AA level. The team finished its first season 5–7 and posted a 7–4 mark in 2004. The program posted a 51–17 win over #6 McNeese State and entered the Top 25 in the national I-AA rankings. Southeastern Louisiana ranked first among NCAA Division I-AA teams in total offense per game (537.1 yards) and passing offense per game (408 yards) in 2003.

After receiving an invitation from the Southland Conference for the football program to join, the conference where the rest of SLU's sports competed, it began conference play in 2005 - where it remains a current member today.

In 2012, Ron Roberts took over as head coach for the Lions and led them to a 5–6 record. The Lions finished the season with a 5-–2 record in conference play, which was the best conference record the Lions had posted in the Southland since joining in 2005. The following year the Lions posted an 11–3 overall record. The lions were led at quarterback by Oregon transfer Bryan Bennett. The Lions finished with a perfect 7–0 record in conference play and earned their-first ever trip to the NCAA Division 1 playoffs. The Lions earned a first round bye. In the second round, the Lions faced Sam Houston State in a rematch of the regular season game played between the two in which Southeastern won 34–21. Quarterback Bryan Bennett led a late game winning drive to give the Lions a 30–29 thrilling victory. The Lions lost to the New Hampshire Wildcats in the quarterfinals 20–17. Bennett was first team all-Conference in 2013. Placekicker Seth Sebastian and kickoff returner Xavier Roberson won 2013 FCS Awards from College Football Performance Awards for the top positional performances.[3]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results[edit]


Conference championships[edit]

Conference affiliations:

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1946 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference Ned McGehee 9–0–0dagger  ?
1952 Gulf States Conference (Co-Championship) Stan Galloway 6–1–2  ?
1953 Gulf States Conference (Co-Championship) Stan Galloway 6–3–0  ?
1954 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 9–0–0  ?
1956 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 6–3–0  ?
1960 Gulf States Conference (Co-Championship) Stan Galloway 9–1–0  ?
1961 Gulf States Conference (Co-Championship) Stan Galloway 9–1–0  ?
Total conference championships 7

daggerIncludes victory in 1946 Burley Bowl.[4]

Playoff appearances[edit]

Southeastern Louisiana has made two appearances in the I-AA/FCS playoffs since 1978.

Year Round Opponent Result
2013 Second Round
Sam Houston State
New Hampshire
W 30–29
L 17–20
2014 First Round Sam Houston State L 17–21
Playoff Record 1–2


Active rivalries[edit]

Nicholls State Colonels[edit]

Main article: River Bell Classic

Northwestern State Demons[edit]

Inactive rivalry[edit]

Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns[edit]

Main article: Cypress Mug

The Cypress Mug was the turned, polished mahogany mug awarded to the winner of the Southwestern–Southeastern football game.[5]

UL Lafayette–Southeastern Louisiana: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting Southeastern wins Southeastern losses Ties Win %
39 November 11, 1930 (lost 0–13) September 12, 1981 (won 42–33) 17 19 3 43.6%

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Title
Ron Roberts Head Coach
Matt Barrett Assistant Football Coach - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Brandon Lacy Assistant Football Coach - Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line
Travis Mikel Assistant Football Coach - Offensive Line
Aaron Schwanz Assistant Football Coach - Linebackers/Special Teams
Kevin Weston Assistant Football Coach - Cornerbacks
Jake Zbydniewski Assistant Football Coach - Tight Ends
Joey Fitzgerald Assistant Football Coach - Wide Receivers
Joe Graves Assistant Football Coach - Running Backs
Dwight Tillman Assistant Football Coach - Defensive Backs


Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2017 2018
at Louisiana–Lafayette at LSU
vs Bethune–Cookman

See also[edit]


External links[edit]