ULM Loses Farmer To Alma Mater

ULM offensive coordinator Steve Farmer has accepted the offensive coordinator position at Illinois State, his alma mater, under new head coach Brock Spack.

ULM offensive coordinator Steve Farmer has accepted the offensive coordinator position at Illinois State, his alma mater, under new head coach Brock Spack.

Farmer just completed his fifth season at ULM and second as the offensive coordinator. In addition to his coordinator duties, Farmer also coached the Warhawk offensive line.

"Steve has the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator at his alma mater," ULM head coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "We appreciate what he has done for the Warhawk football program and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor."

In 2007, his first season at the helm of the offense, the Warhawks posted their highest points per game average (23.5) since moving to Division I-A in 1994. ULM also posted the sixth-highest yards per game average in school history, averaging 385.7 yards per contest. The Warhawks ranked 16th in the NCAA in rushing (209.0) and 31st in fewest sacks allowed (18).

This past season the Warhawks topped the scoring mark averaging 23.7 points per game.

"This was a very tough decision," Farmer said. "It is hard to leave a place that you poured your heart into for five years. I would like to thank President Cofer, Coach Weatherbie and [ULM Athletics Director] Bobby Staub for all of their support. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to coach at your alma mater and I am looking forward to this new challenge."

Farmer led one of the best offensive lines in the history of the ULM football program in 2007. Kyle Cunningham, Adam Hill, Patrick Avinger, Aaron Schutz and Larry Shappley paved the way for two-time Sun Belt rushing champion and ULM all-time rushing leader Calvin Dawson.

The group combined to start 199 games throughout their careers, while Cunningham and Hill started all 90 games of their ULM careers. Cunningham, Hill and Shappley each earned all-Sun Belt Conference honors during their tenure.

During Farmer's tenure at ULM, 18 offensive players earned Sun Belt all-conference honors, including seven offensive linemen.

Two of Farmer's offensive line units ranked among the nation's best. In 2006, ULM allowed just 13 sacks to rank fifth nationally, while the 2005 unit ranked third nationally by allowing just eight sacks the entire season.

Weatherbie will immediately begin the search to replace Farmer.


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