NEW ORLEANS – Tulane head football coach Chris Scelfo, who has won more games at the school than any football coach since 1951, has received a contract extension through 2009, Green Wave athletic director Rick Dickson announced Friday.
"Our goal is to put the football program in position to achieve consistent success in all phases – in the classroom, in the community and on the field," Dickson said. "I'm pleased with the position we are in now, and I firmly believe we are entering into an era where we will experience consistent success in all of those facets. This extension is a commitment toward the continuation of that process as we build the program."
Scelfo, whose 31 wins are tied for fourth in school history and are the most of any Green Wave coach since Henry Frnka won 31 from 1946-51, is also the only coach to win two bowl games at Tulane as he coached the Wave to a win in the 1998 Liberty Bowl and in the 2002 Hawaii Bowl. The Green Wave also was bowl eligible in 2000 and entered the final week of the 2004 slate with a 5-5 record before falling to No. 7 Louisville on Dec. 4. Four of his six teams have won five or more games. With six seasons and 71 games completed as the Tulane mentor, he has coached more games at the school than all but two of the previous 35 coaches in 111 seasons of Tulane football.
"I'm excited about the direction of this program and I'm very appreciative of Rick Dickson showing confidence in our plan for success," said Scelfo. "Consistency and progress go hand-in-hand and this is another sign of consistency for our football program. Tulane stands for everything I believe in and I'm excited to be the head coach here."
Scelfo's 2004 Tulane team entered the season with only 10 seniors and a new starting quarterback while starting a pair of true freshmen on the defensive line. After opening the year 1-4, Tulane claimed three upset victories – including wins over bowl-bound UAB and Navy teams and a road win at TCU – en route to a 5-6 mark.
Off the field, Tulane football student-athletes posted an 81 percent graduation rate in the 2004 NCAA Graduation Rates Report to rank seventh nationally.
Scelfo, a native of New Iberia, La., began his head coaching career at Tulane in 1999 as one of the nation's youngest head coaches. He has an overall record of 31-40 in six seasons at the school.
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Chris Scelfo's Contract Extended Through 2009
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