Feb. 9, 2010
TUCSON--University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops today promoted assistants Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell to co-offensive coordinators and hired veteran Frank Scelfo to coach quarterbacks.
Bedenbaugh joined the UA staff in 2007 as offensive line coach and running game coordinator and Littrell just completed his first year on the staff coaching running backs and tight ends. Both have extensive experience in the multiple spread system the UA has used since Bedenbaugh helped Stoops and offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes craft the attack in spring 2007.
"I know that Bill and Seth can handle our offense and help us move forward," said Stoops. "And Frank brings great quarterback presence to our program. His expertise will further enhance our ability to move the football. We'll have some dynamic collaboration on offense," he said.
Dykes took the head coaching position at Louisiana Tech in January, where Scelfo was interim head coach after Derek Dooley left for Tennessee earlier in the month. Scelfo has been offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Bulldogs the past three years.
Scelfo was Tulane's offensive coordinator for eight years preceding his tenure at Louisiana Tech and tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for the Green Wave for the three years before that. Prior to his college mentoring he was a noted prep coach in Louisiana and Texas for 14 years including a final year at Houston North Shore in 1995.
His coaching background has emphasized wide-open aerial assaults such as the decade spanning the late 1990s and early 2000s at Tulane, including an undefeated year, Conference USA title and Liberty Bowl championship in 1998.
"I'm excited about being here, with all that's happening in Arizona football," Scelfo said. "The program's on an upward trend. I'm getting in at the right time," he said.
Bedenbaugh and Littrell helped UA's system prosper in 2009 under new quarterbacks (Nick Foles and Matt Scott) and each coached in the nation' spread-offense flagship at Texas Tech. Bedenbaugh was a graduate assistant, running backs and offensive line coach in Lubbock for seven years from 2000-06 and Littrell, a former Sooner when Stoops was an Oklahoma coordinator, coached running backs at Tech from 2005-08.
In 2008 at Louisiana Tech, Scelfo directed a Bulldogs offense that helped take the program to the Independence Bowl championship, its first bowl victory in three decades. The team was 27th nationally in rushing, with Daniel Porter leading the way with 1,164 yards. The Bulldogs has six games of 30 or more points and Scelfo mentored a sophomore quarterback, Ross Jenkins, a first-time starter.
Scelfo spent 11 seasons at Tulane, helping the Green Wave record five seasons ranked in the national Top 30 in passing, including a No. 3 rating in 2000, when Tulane posted a seventh-rated total offense figure of 450 yards per game. He mentored four NFL signal callers in Patrick Ramsey (Denver Broncos), J.P. Losman (Buffalo Bills), Lester Ricard (Jacksonville Jaguars), and Shaun King (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Each one of the four finished their careers ranked in the top five in Tulane history in career passing.
The Louisiana native produced Tulane's all-time passing leader (Ramsey), all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader (Mewelde Moore), all-time touchdown receptions leader (Roydell Williams) and all-time scoring leader (Seth Marler). Moore also became only the second player in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,000 yards and receive for more than 2,000 yards during his time under Scelfo.
A total of eight Tulane offensive players were selected in the NFL Draft during Scelfo's tenure.
Scelfo earned his bachelor's degree and master's from Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He played baseball for the Indians and was named NLU's 1981 Athlete of the Year his senior season.
Scelfo is married to Holly Kingery, and the couple has two sons, Anthony and Jordan. Anthony was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
The Scelfo File
Birthdate: Feb. 9, 1959, Abbeville, La.
Hometown: Abbeville, La.
High School: New Iberia, La.
College: Louisiana-Monroe, 1981
Master's, UL-Monroe, 1983
Playing Experience: Baseball, Louisiana-Monroe 1977-81
Recruiting Areas: Texas, Louisiana
Family: Wife, the former Holly Kingery; sons Anthony and Jordan
1982-83 Head coach/AD Prairie View (La.) HS
1984 Secondary coach Jesuit (La.) HS
1985-86 Head coach/AD River Oaks (La.) HS
1987 Secondary coach Vidor (Texas) HS
1988 OC/QBs Orangefield (Texas) HS
1989-91 OC/QBs Chapel Hill (Texas) HS
1992-94 OC/QB/WR Kilgore (Texas) HS
1995 Secondary coach North Shore (Texas) HS
1996-1998 TEs/Recruiting Coor. Tulane
1999-2006 OC/QBs Tulane
2007-2009 OC/QBs Louisiana Tech
Frank Scelfo in Bowl Games
2008 Independence Bowl, Louisiana Tech coach
2002 Hawai'I Bowl, Tulane coach
1998 Liberty Bowl, Tulane coach