OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

 

Ben McLaughlin |  Offensive Coordinator/Quaterback Coach

Ben McLaughlin returns to Louisiana College as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach since leaving for the same position at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in 2013.

In the three years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (2013, 2014, 2015), the offense saw improvement in every major statistical category.  The Norseman finished in the top 25 in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) in rushing yards, passing yards, total yards, and points per game.  He coached numerous all-conference players, including Scott Matiaha, who earned a first team All-American award at tight end.  

McLaughlin served as running backs coach at Louisiana College in 2011 and 2012.  Here he helped coach the Wildcats to their first playoff berth in school history in 2012.  

Before his coaching career, McLaughlin was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Louisiana College Wildcats. McLaughlin holds career passing records for the American Southwest Conference in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He holds nearly all major single season and career passing records at Louisiana College. In his four years, he completed 931-of-1,499 pass attempts for 12,055 yards and 111 touchdowns. In 39 career games, he averaged 309.1 passing yards per contest and had a 62 percent completion percentage. In his senior season in 2010, McLaughlin completed 284-of-446 (63.7 percent) passes for 3,770 yards with 42 passing touchdowns. He was awarded the Melberger Trophy, one of two nationally recognized awards for the Division III player of the year. McLaughlin was a finalist for the other Division III player of the year award, the Gagliardi Trophy. McLaughlin was inducted into the Louisiana College’s Athletic Hall of Fame this past season.

He earned his Bachelor's degree from Louisiana College in Health and Physical Education.  He also earned his Master's in the Arts of Teaching at Louisiana College in 2015.

McLaughlin married the former Meagan Tison on April 22, 2011. Meagan grew up in Alexandria, LA, and graduated from Louisiana State University at Alexandria with a bachelor’s degree in business. She then graduated with a Master in the Arts of Teaching at Louisiana College. Meagan is now working as a librarian at Forest Hill Elementary School.

 

Vince Giardina | Receivers Coach

Vince Giardina enters his first season as Wide Receivers coach for Louisiana College, joining the staff in the summer of 2017.Giardina will also serve as the team’s academic coordinator, dealing with player grades, attendance and progress through academic programs.

Giardina joins the Louisiana College coaching staff following one season as the Running Backs Coach at Fairmont State University. He also served as head of equipment and assisted with all team travel duties. Giardina continued his all-conference player in every season as Running Back Terrell Charles earned second team all-conference with over 850 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Fairmont State also saw two other running backs over 200 yards with multiple touchdowns each. Giardina was a part of a historic season that gained Fairmont State its first playoff appearance in school history with a 10-2 record.
Before arriving at Fairmont State, Giardina was the Running Backs and Tight Ends Coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he also served as Executive Assistant to the Head Coach and Social Media Director for the football program. Giardina also served in several roles off the field, including the Director of Football Operations, head of equipment and head of football housing. Giardina produced an all-conference player in both seasons at NEO. Running Back Cameron Booty rushed for 1,127 yards and compiled 2,007 all-purpose yards during his true freshman season and ended the campaign as a second team all-conference selection. Booty was also the first true-freshman 1,000 yard rusher since 1997. In 2015, the fullbacks were added to the running back group and instantly saw an upgrade by having sophomore Josh Herman achieve second team all-conference honors as a fullback. In addition, Booty and sophomore Jesse Gregory split the season workload in 2015, totaling 500+ yards apiece. Both were honored with all-conference selections at the end of the 2015 season. Giardina also led a running back trio to a program first with three 100-yard rushers in the same game.

Before joining the staff at NEO, Giardina was the Assistant Offensive Line Coach and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator for the 2013 season at Highland Community College in Kansas. At Highland, Giardina helped recruit players up to the next level and helped 11 players sign with Division I schools at the end of December 2013. Giardina was upgraded to Running Backs Coach at Highland before accepting a position at NEO in January of 2014 with previous Head Coach and current Running Back Coach at University of Central Florida Ryan Held.

Giardina is from Gerrardstown, W.Va., where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track at Musselman High School.

While earning his undergraduate degree at West Virginia University, Giardina served as a student assistant on the WVU football coaching staff. His duties included organizing and fitting equipment and apparel, as well as assisting coaches with practice and all game day activities. While at WVU, Giardina observed and learned under three coaching staffs in the Big East and Big 12 conferences, including trips to three bowl games with a win in the BCS Discover Orange Bowl. Giardina worked with Bill Bedenbaugh, David Johnson and Ron Crook under head coaches Bill Stewart and Dana Holgersen.

Giardina graduated from West Virginia University (Magna Cum Laude) with a 3.77 grade-point average, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Coaching Education with a minor in Sports and Exercise Psychology. He also went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Sports Management from American Public University with a 3.66 GPA during his time at NEO.

 

Bryan Jones | Running Backs/Tight Ends

Bryan Jones come to Louisiana College from Southeastern (La.) University where served as Offensive Quality Control and Assistant Quarterbacks coach. He has also coached at West Texas A&M and Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

At Iowa Western he helped lead the team to a 10-2 record and a GraphicEdge Bowl Championship. Jones coached the running back s and was the strength and conditioning coordinator. He helped lead three of his running back s to Division I schools at Marshall, Iowa State, and the University of Northern Iowa.

Jones also coached at East Texas Baptist in 2014-15, serving as offensive quality control (offensive line) there. During his time in Marshall the team was ranked first nationally in Division III in total passing offense (386.1 yd/gm), second in total offense (566.1 yd/gm), and 11th in scoring offense at 42.3 points per game.

Jones graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sports and exercise science and a minor in education.

He played four years for the Cru with two letters on the offensive line. He was a four time American Southwest Conference champion, helped lead the team to four NCAA playoff appearances, including a national semifinal appearance in 2012.

A Boerne, Texas, native, he played offensive line at Boerne High School where he earned all-district honors as a senior and was a three-time letterwinner.

 

Brandon Allen | Running Backs

Bio coming soon!