ULM football head coach Charlie Weatherbie announced the hiring of Everett Todd and John Wozniak as assistant coaches on Tuesday. Both hires are pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
Todd, a former defensive end at Rice who coached the last seven seasons at New Mexico, has been named defensive line coach. Wozniak, an all-conference quarterback and wide receiver at Knox College who coached last season at Montana State, will coach the Warhawks’ wide receivers.
“We are excited to welcome both Everett and John to our coaching staff,” Weatherbie said. “They are both excellent recruiters and have sharp football minds. We are looking forward to starting spring practice next week so we can get on the field and let the new coaches and players become familiar with each other.”
The Warhawks will begin spring practice next Tuesday, March 17, and will practice every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until April 10. The Maroon & Gold Spring Game will be held on March 21 at 12 p.m. at Malone Stadium in conjunction with Super Warhawk Weekend.
While as an assistant with the Lobos, Todd coached the defensive line (2007-08), special teams (2004-05) and the cornerbacks (2002-03). He also served as a compliance and operations specialist in 2006 and was New Mexico’s recruiting coordinator in 2004-05.
“Everett is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Weatherbie said. “He brings nearly 25 years of coaching experience with him to ULM and is going to do an outstanding job working with our student-athletes. Everett will also do a great job working the recruiting trails in east Texas.”
In his first season coaching the defensive line at New Mexico, defensive end Tyler Donaldson was a first team All-Mountain West pick while defensive end Michael Tuohy received second team honors. Tuohy finished his career with 20.5 sacks, tied for the most in MWC history and fifth all-time at UNM.
Todd’s first season as the special teams coach saw the Lobos return two blocked punts for touchdowns against Air Force and finish among the nation's leaders in kickoff coverage.
Despite several newcomers in the defensive backfield, the Lobo cornerbacks were extremely successful in 2003 under Todd’s guidance.
Gabriel Fulbright was a second team all-conference selection after leading the team with four interceptions, a figure that was tied for the third best in the league. The trio of Fulbright, Brandon Payne and Jerrell Malone - all underclassmen - combined for 107 tackles and 16 pass deflections in 2003.
Todd joined the New Mexico staff prior to spring drills in 2002 after spending four seasons as head coach and defensive coordinator at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. He compiled a 22-17 record for the Buccaneers, including a 9-2 mark in 1999 when Blinn finished ninth in the final junior college national rankings.
Prior to Blinn, Todd was the defensive line coach at Texas State from 1992-96, defensive tackles coach at Tulane in 1991, defensive line coach at Angelo State University in 1990 and defensive line coach at Lamar from 1986-89. Todd also served an internship with the Chicago Bears of the NFL in the summer of 1994.
Todd is a 1984 graduate of Rice where he earned a bachelor’s degree in managerial studies and sports management. Todd was a four-year football letterman for the Owls from 1979-83, playing defensive end the last three seasons. He was drafted by the San Antonio Gunslingers of the United States Football League in 1984.
Todd received his master's degree in physical education from Lamar University in 1990. He and his wife, Donna Kay, have two daughters, Emily and Evelyn.
After one season at Montana State, Wozniak returns to Louisiana where he served as a graduate assistant at LSU for two years.
“John is an up-and-coming coach with a lot of energy and a great offensive mind,” Weatherbie said. “He has worked with some of college football’s best players over the past five seasons. We are excited to have him on our staff.”
Wozniak, who was the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Montana State, will recruit south Louisiana for the Warhawks.
In his only season with the Bobcats, all three of Wozniak’s position players earned All-Big Sky Conference honors. Tight end Brandon Bostick led the team in touchdowns and was third in receptions despite playing in just seven games, while punter Erik Fisher ranked 15th nationally averaging 41.8 yards per kick and place kicker Jason Cunningham was 13-of-19 on field goal attempts.
Prior to his one-year stint at Montana State, Wozniak won a National Championship at LSU as a graduate assistant working with the wide receivers and quarterbacks. The Tigers finished the 2007 season ranked 11th nationally in scoring and rushing offense and ranked 26th in total offense.
His first stop in Baton Rouge was in 2005 where he worked with LSU’s receivers and special teams as a graduate assistant. The Tigers finished that season 11-1 and played in the SEC Championship Game before going on to win the Chick-fil-A Bowl. In his two seasons at LSU, Wozniak coached six players who went on to play in the NFL.
Wozniak’s tenure at LSU was split by one season as the tight ends and special teams coach at Georgia Southern in 2006. The Eagles led the Southern Conference and ranked 14th nationally in kickoff returns, they also ranked 29th nationally in punt returns. Wozniak coached All-America kick returner Jayson Foster, who went on to win the Walter Payton Award and play in the NFL.
Prior to joining the LSU staff for the first time, Wozniak spent one season as a graduate assistant working with the receivers and special teams at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys ranked in the top 20 nationally in scoring, rushing and pass efficiency.
Following a standout collegiate career at Knox College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education, Wozniak began his coaching career at his alma mater. He coached the tight ends and punters in 1999 before being named offensive coordinator in 2000.
In his four seasons as the offensive coordinator, the Prairie Fire set 15 offensive school records while nine players earned all-conference honors. Wozniak coached Knox’s all-time career leaders in rushing, touchdown passes, receiving yards, receptions and touchdown receptions.
He spent one season as an all-league quarterback and offensive coordinator for the Bavarian Dragonhearts of the German Football League.