HEAD COACH JUSTIN CHARLES

 

Justin Charles is entering is second year as head coach of the Louisiana College football team after taking over the program prior to the 2017 season.

Charles is a graduate and former All-American defensive back for Louisiana College. He was a part of the first recruiting class that restarted the program in the year 2000. He earned two NCCAA All-American selections in three years, a pair of All-ASC honors, including a first-team selection following his 2004 senior season, was named the ASC Special Teams Player of the Year in both 2002 and 2003, and earned two All-Louisiana selections. He was inducted into the Louisiana College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

Charles, who finished his playing career for LC in 2004, ranks second on LC’s all-time sack list and fourth on the career tackles list. Charles’ five career kickoff returns for touchdowns is an LC, ASC and Louisiana collegiate record (all divisions). In 2004, Charles was selected as first team All-ASC, and in 2001, Charles was a first team NCCAA All-American.

Charles has been a member of the Wildcat coaching staff since 2005 after one of the most stellar defensive and kick return careers in Louisiana College history. After working as a part-time assistant for two years, then Head Coach Dennis Dunn offered Charles the full-time position of strength and conditioning and defensive backs coach. In 2012, Charles was offered the opportunity to become co-defensive coordinator along with Brian Wallace where he served through the 2016 season.

Working with the defensive backs in 2007, LC's passing defense improved tremendously over the previous three seasons.  In 2008, Charles helped LC become one of the best pass defenses in the ASC as the Wildcats led the ASC in pass defense efficiency and  ranked second in overall pass defense (162.3 ypg).  Also, Charles helped cornerback Kendale Rayford earn All-American honors.  Rayford also led the nation in passes defended.

During his time working with the defense as coordinator and defensive backs coach, Charles saw 21 total first-team All-ASC selections, including multiple time recipients Reggie Calhoun and Ira Jewitt, who also received multiple All-American honors under Charles' coaching.

Charles and his wife Aimee reside in Pineville with their two children Jaden and Seigan.