MONROE, La.—ULM football head coach Todd Berry announced Sunday the hiring of Adam Waugh to coach the Warhawks’ safeties. Waugh, whose hiring is pending final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, is the eighth assistant coach hired by Berry since he was named ULM’s head coach on Wednesday.
Waugh, who played for Berry at Illinois State, joins the ULM staff following one season of coaching the defensive backs at Cal Poly. His stint with the Mustangs followed a six-year coaching stop at Army from 2003-08 – Berry was Army’s head coach in Waugh’s first year at the Academy.
“Adam is a really intelligent guy who coaches with high energy,” Berry said. “He is a great X’s and O’s coach and has coached in a lot of different defensive styles and schemes. (Defensive coordinator) Troy Reffett and I are really excited to have Adam join the staff.”
In his lone season at Cal Poly, Waugh mentored sophomore cornerback Asa Jackson into a first team all-conference selection, senior safety David Fullerton into a second team all-conference selection and senior cornerback Xavier Gardner to honorable mention honors in the Great West Conference.
During his six-year stint at Army, Waugh focused primarily on the safeties. He helped develop Caleb Campbell, who finished his career in 2007 ranked among Army’s all-time top 10 tacklers. Campbell became the first Army player selected in the NFL Draft since 1997 when he was drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Lions.
Waugh played a large role in Army’s consistently improving defensive efforts. The Black Knights ranked 37th in the NCAA in total defense in 2005, while ranking seventh nationally in pass defense in 2006 and 16th in 2007.
A 2001 graduate of Illinois State, Waugh spent the 2002 season as a graduate assistant defensive coach under head coach Walt Harris at Pittsburgh. That season, the Panthers defeated Oregon State in the Insight.com Bowl and finished the year ranked in the top 25.
As an undergraduate, the Libertyville, Ill., native started every game of his career while carving out an impressive 4.0 grade point average as a political science major. He finished his career with 320 tackles to rank eighth on the Redbirds’ all-time tackles chart. Waugh finished second on the team in tackles his junior and senior years, registering 101 and 83 stops, respectively.
Waugh was chosen a Bone Scholar, the highest academic honor at Illinois State, and was one of 16 players selected to the 2001 class of National College Scholar-Athletes (a postgraduate scholarship program conducted by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame). He was also a two-time first team Verizon Academic All-America selection.