Ensminger Fills Void in Staff

The LSU coaching staff is now complete. On Thursday, the Tigers hired Steve Ensminger to replace Don Yanowsky as LSU's tight ends coach.

Ensminger, a 1982 graduate of LSU, played quarterback for the Tigers under head coach Charlie McClendon from 1976-79. Ensminger played in three bowl games at LSU and has followed that by coaching in 10 bowl games as an assistant.

“We’re excited about having Steve join our staff,” Miles said. “He comes to LSU with a great deal of coaching experience in the SEC and he knows Louisiana very well. He’s demonstrated expertise in coaching on the offensive side of the ball and he gives us a coach who will be very valuable in recruiting.

“He’s also an LSU guy, which just reinforces that this is the right hire for us.”

Ensminger comes to LSU after serving as an assistant coach at Auburn from 2003-08. Ensminger spent the 2009 season as the passing game coordinator at Smiths Station High School in Auburn, Ala.

During his six seasons at Auburn, Ensminger coached the quarterbacks in 2003 and followed that by coaching the tight ends for the next five years. As the quarterback coach at Auburn, Ensminger helped develop Jason Campbell, who went on to become an NFL first round draft pick.  

While at Auburn, the Tigers led the SEC in scoring offense in both 2004 (32.1) and 2005 (32.2) and they were first in the league in total offense in 2005 (409.8).

Ensminger has also had major college coaching stops at Georgia (1991-93), Texas A&M (1994-96) and Clemson (1997-98).

At Georgia, he served as the quarterbacks coach as well as the passing game coordinator. In 1992, Georgia posted a 10-2 overall record and led the SEC in both scoring (32.0) and total offense (450.4).

Ensminger followed that with a three-year stint at Texas A&M where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Aggies. The Aggies were 25-9-1 during Ensminger’s three years in College Station, which included a 10-0-1 mark in 1994 and a 9-3 record in 1995.

Following his three years at Texas A&M, Ensminger coached for two seasons at Clemson, holding the title of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Ensminger returned to Louisiana in 2000, serving as head coach at athletic director at Central High School for nearly three years before taking the wide receivers job at West Monroe High School for the 2002 season.

After a brief career in the NFL and CFL, Ensminger got his start in coaching in 1982 at Nicholls State as the receivers coach. After two years at Nicholls State, he moved to McNeese State as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1984-86 followed by three years from 1988-90 at Louisiana Tech in the same capacity.

As a player at LSU, Ensminger threw for 2,770 yards and 16 touchdowns during his career with the Tigers. He was named Freshman All-SEC in 1976.

Ensminger, a native of Baton Rouge, is married to the former Amy Gonzales and the couple has three children – Krystalin, Brittany Rose and Steven. 


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