The rumors had been swirling for a couple of weeks. The official offer finally came over the weekend and it was too much to pass up.
After 10 years as the highly successful head football coach at Edna Karr High School, Jabbar Juluke is moving to a higher level.
Multiple sources confirmed to sportsNOLA.com that Juluke accepted an assistant coaching position on the staff of new head coach Skip Holtz at Louisiana Tech. The school confirmed later Monday the hiring in the release below.
Juluke will coach running backs or cornerbacks under Holtz, who targeted a prominent New Orleans area prep coach for his staff in an effort to enhance Tech recruiting in south Louisiana.
Holtz recently replaced Sonny Dykes, who left to take the head coaching position at California.
Juluke, who played at St. Augustine High School, guided the Cougars to three consecutive 4A state championship game appearances, capturing the title with a 28-22 victory over Neville in the 2012 championship game on December 8 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Bulldogs went 9-3 under Dykes in 2012 but did not go to a bowl game.
Juluke has told his players at Karr that he is departing after letting them know late last week that it was a strong possibility.
The search for a replacement at Karr for Juluke will begin immediately with early names floated including West Jefferson head coach Marcus Scott and former O. Perry Walker and Landry head coach Skip Lamothe, among others.
Louisiana Tech Names Jabbar Juluke Assistant Coach
RUSTON, La. (Dec. 24, 2012) – Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz announced Monday that Jabbar Juluke has joined the football coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Juluke comes to Louisiana Tech after serving as head coach at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans the last nine years. While at Edna Karr, he compiled an 80-39 record (.672 winning percentage) capped off with a 14-0 mark and a Louisiana state championship in 2012. Over the past four years, Juluke has guided Edna Karr HS to a 49-8 mark (.860 winning percentage).
“Jabbar has been a very successful high school coach in New Orleans, having played in the last three state championships,” Holtz said. “The thing that excited me the most about Jabbar when I had the opportunity to sit and talk to him was not just his X’s and O’s and his knowledge of the game but the way he relates to people. Growing up in the inner city of New Orleans and now building Edna Karr High School to what he has built it to, I think he is a tremendous addition and he gives us a great Louisiana flavor on this staff.”
Juluke has guided Edna Karr to three consecutive state championship appearances along with winning seven of the past nine district championships with the other two years finishing as the district runner-up. Over his tenure, Edna Karr has signed over 70 players to collegiate football scholarships.
“Growing up in New Orleans, he has been around high school football in New Orleans for a long time. He brings a vast knowledge of the area but also brings a relationship with the high school coaches in the New Orleans area,” Holtz continued. “Being the largest city in the state of Louisiana, that is definitely a place where we need to have a footprint for Louisiana Tech.”
Prior to serving as head coach at Edna Karr, Juluke was the defensive coordinator for four years at Frederick Douglas High School in New Orleans and was a wide receivers coach at Brother Martin for one year before that. He got his start in coaching as a defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at O.P. Walker High School in New Orleans where he spent one year before moving over to St. Augustine High School where he was a linebackers coach for two years.
“I am extremely excited to join the Louisiana Tech staff,” Juluke said. “Coach Holtz is a very enthusiastic individual and I am looking forward to helping out the program as best I can. I am very humbled to have the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level as it has been a goal of mine for some time. I am very appreciative of the opportunity and I look forward to working very hard for the University to continue the success for this football program.”
A native of south Louisiana, Juluke helped lead Southern to a Black National Championship in 1993 as a senior safety on the Jaguars and lettered in both football and basketball. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Southern in 1999.
Juluke is married to the former Denise Smith. The couple have two children – Jahmad Juluke and Jamari Juluke while Denise has another son, Dyruius, whom Juluke is a stepfather to.
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