Tulane assistant athletic director for football operations and recruiting Doug Lichtenberger has been promoted to linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, according to a source.
Lichtenberger, 40, had held his administrative role with the Green Wave for the last three years. It included a four-game stint as interim special teams coach at the end of the 2013 season.
Before that, he was the program’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2007-11. Throughout his eight-year tenure, Lichtenberger has been instrumental in Tulane’s recruiting efforts.
Prior to Lichtenberger’s arrival in New Orleans, he was an offensive administrative assistant at Auburn for a season and offensive line coach at UC Davis in 2005. Before that, he served as tackles and tight ends coach at Ohio in 2004 and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Carleton College for three years.
The San Diego native got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Idaho (1999) and UNLV (2000). He played offensive line for Cal Poly from 1994-97.
Lichtenberger is fourth-year Tulane coach Curtis Johnson’s second addition to his coaching staff this offseason, replacing former co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Jon Sumrall, who left for Troy in December. Last month, Johnson hired New Orleans Saints assistant wide receivers coach Carter Sheridan to succeed former wide receivers coach Keith Williams, who left for Nebraska.
The Green Wave had a 3-9 record in 2014, but the previous year Johnson guided the program to its first bowl game since 2002.