Former USF linebacker Patrick St. Louis, a team leader and fan favorite has joined USF's coaching staff as a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning program.
"Patrick has always been a good student, always been a good solid guy, and he'll do great." Said USF strength and conditioning Coach Ron McKeefery. "Anytime you can keep one of your own around, one that is such a positive person and has been such a positive influence on the program, that's huge."
Pat St. Louis, Stephen Nicholas and Ben Moffitt made up USF's trio of linebackers that menaced opposing quarterbacks and became a symbol of the Bulls defense. He was known as the hardest hitting of the three and for his punishing style was nicknamed Bullet head by his teammates.
"It's his pursuit of coaching and the pursuit of the profession that he loves and we're happy to give him the opportunity." said McKeefery
St. Louis who was co-captain last season finished his USF career having played 46 games, with an amazing 36 straight starts while recording 156 total tackles, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
"He had great work ethic as a player and I think that will carry over as a coach, and he'll do a great job and we're lucky to have him."
At the teams annual banquet, Bullet Head was given the "First-Teamer Award" which was voted on by the team and given to the player who shows ‘leadership both on and off the field, has great character, physical and mental toughness.'
"That's the intangible about coaching that you can't manufacture. He'll be able to put together a good coaching resume, but it's the intangibles that are going to take him even higher."
"Patrick and I all along during his whole career here he and I have talked about him becoming a strength coach when his playing days were over and the whole deal. I definitely didn't think it would be this early, I thought that he would have gotten a shot."
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"He's excited to start coaching and part of it is that he has to pursue his master's degree, and he's eager to do as well."
St. Louis officially starts this week during the teams summer conditioning program and is eager to take his work ethic and experience to help mold future Bulls.
"He's pretty committed to coaching and he definitely wants to pursue it and I think he'll be a great coach, I really do."
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